With the Olympics in full swing, network prime-time TV has gotten pretty bland. You either get winter sports on NBC or you mostly see reruns on the other channels — all the more reason you should be watching GAC!
But all returns to normalcy next week once the Winter Games are over, and several country stars — Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley — will be right in the thick of it. Flatts and Carrie have acting roles on tap, while Brad will perform in a talk-show episode that has a little connection to history.
On tap next week:
• Rascal Flatts makes an appearance on the March 4 episode of the CBS drama “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” with Jay DeMarcus bloodied in the plot. “I don’t wanna give too much of the storyline away,” he says, “but from the commercial, you can tell there’s an attempt on my life and it happens during one of our live shows. And the story continues from there. We don’t know who’s done it, but it could be [Joe Don Rooney or Gary LeVox], it could be my manager. A lot of people have wanted to kill me over the years, so it’s pretty realistic!” Here’s the “CSI” mix of “Unstoppable”:
• Carrie Underwood has a role in Monday’s installment of the CBS sitcom “How I Met Your Mother,” and it seems like the only way to figure out the whole confusing mess fits together is… well… to watch it. She plays a pharmaceutical sales rep but ends up holding a small pig while dressed in a flight attendant outfit. “I’ve always been hot!” her character boasts in a sneak peek on the People website.
• Brad Paisley appears on “The Tonight Show” on Monday. Lots of stars make the rounds on the talk shows, so that’s not particularly unusual — except that this is the first night that Jay Leno will be back in his old timeslot after NBC’s ill-fated decision to move him into prime time last year. So Brad’s doing one for the history books. Here’s another bit of trivia for TV buffs: Who was the last country artist to sing on “The Tonight Show” during the Conan O’Brien era? That would be… Rosanne Cash.