Plus: American Idol finale to air on OSN; astronaut music video goes viral; Aretha Franklin pulls out of shows; Swift and Bryan to perform at country awards.
Jack Bauer's 24 to return in 2014
Jack Bauer’s 24 to return in 2014
The television thriller 24 will return in summer 2014 with its lead star, Kiefer Sutherland, after a four-year hiatus, Fox network said. The show 24: Live Another Day brings Sutherland back as the counter-terrorism agent Jack Bauer in a 12-episode mini-series that represents 24 hours in Bauer’s life. “The response is unlike anything I have experienced as an actor,” Sutherland said in a statement. “Reuniting with Jack Bauer is like finding a lost friend.” – Reuters
Astronaut music video goes viral
A Canadian astronaut on the International Space Station is bowing out of orbit with a music video, his own version of David Bowie’s Space Oddity. It’s the first music video made in space, says Nasa. Chris Hadfield’s rendition of Space Oddity was posted on YouTube on Sunday, a day before his departure from the orbiting lab. After a five-month mission, he safely returned on Monday aboard a Russian Soyuz capsule that landed in Kazakhstan. Hadfield, 53, a guitarist who has played in an astronaut rock ‘n’ roll band, recorded the video throughout all over the space station. The five-minute song got nearly five million hits on YouTube on Tuesday morning and drew a salute from Bowie’s official Facebook page: “It’s possibly the most poignant version of the song ever created.” – AP
Swift and Bryan to sing at country awards
Taylor Swift leads a list of big stars set to perform at the CMT Music Awards next month. Swift, Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Hunter Hayes and Little Big Town are the first performers announced for the awards show on June 5. Jason Aldean and Kristen Bell are set to host the fan-voted awards show when it is broadcast live from Nashville. Lambert, Bryan and Eric Church are this year’s top nominees. – AP
Aretha Franklin pulls out of shows
Aretha Franklin has cancelled appearances in the US on a doctor’s recommendation. A Monday news release says Franklin will need treatment during the time the shows were scheduled: May 20 in Chicago and May 26 in Connecticut. – AP
American Idol finale to air on OSN
American Idol’s two-part season finale will be broadcast exclusively on Thursday and Friday, 9pm, on OSN First HD. The reality contest is down to two female singers competing for the record deal grand prize: the 23-year-old R&B vocalist Candice Glover and the 22-year-old country crooner Kree Harrison. – The National staff
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