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ABCABC’s Nashville returned for a third season Wednesday night with the answers to quite a few questions from last season’s cliffhanger.

Closeted country singer Will Lexington and his new wife, Layla Grant, decided to get a divorce after he came clean about being gay. Unfortunately, the producer of their reality show, Gina, has the footage of Will’s private confession, and tells them they have to continue their sham marriage or basically pay the network back for the cost of the show.

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Kenny Chesney will be the celebrity guest picker on ESPN’s College Game Day Saturday. The show will broadcast live from the University of South Carolina, and Kenny is also set to perform “American Kids” on the famed Horseshoe on campus that day, too. The South Carolina Gamecocks will take on the Missouri Tigers Saturday night on ESPN. Kenny recently produced the ESPN documentary, The Believer, about the life and career of legendary South Carolina football coach, Steve Spurrier.

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Kenny Chesney will be the celebrity guest picker on ESPN’s College Game Day Saturday. The show will broadcast live from the University of South Carolina, and Kenny is also set to perform “American Kids” on the famed Horseshoe on campus that day, too. The South Carolina Gamecocks will take on the Missouri Tigers Saturday night on ESPN. Kenny recently produced the ESPN documentary, The Believer, about the life and career of legendary South Carolina football coach, Steve Spurrier.

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Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleKeith Urban has been added to this season’s lineup for public television’s music series Front and Center. He’ll perform on November 4, just a week after Lady Antebellum‘s previously-announced appearance on October 28. Dierks Bentley will also share the stage with several top Nashville songwriters on Front and Center October 14. Check local listings for air time.

Lady A and Dierks’ appearances are tied to the celebration of the CMA Songwriters Series’ 10th anniversary.

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Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleKeith Urban has been added to this season’s lineup for public television’s music series Front and Center. He’ll perform on November 4, just a week after Lady Antebellum‘s previously-announced appearance on October 28. Dierks Bentley will also share the stage with several top Nashville songwriters on Front and Center October 14. Check local listings for air time.

Lady A and Dierks’ appearances are tied to the celebration of the CMA Songwriters Series’ 10th anniversary.

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Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsCongratulations to Tim McGraw on scoring his 15th career #1 on Billboard‘s Country Albums chart this week with Sundown Heaven Town. The project features his hit “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s” with Faith Hill, and the new single, “Shotgun Rider.”

“Meanwhile Back at Mama’s” is up for Single of the Year and Musical Event of the Year at the 48th Annual CMA Awards airing live on ABC Wednesday, November 5.

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Comstock/ThinkstockFlorida Georgia Line‘s Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley met while attending which Nashville college? ANSWER: Belmont University.

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Image Courtesy Big & Rich RecordsBig & Rich celebrate the 10th anniversary of their breakthrough hit, “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)” and their multi-platinum debut project, Horse of a Different Color, with a brand-new album, Gravity, in stores this week. The project features the duo’s latest top-20 country hit, “Look at You,” which the duo’s Big Kenny says has made a big impact on their fans, right out of the box.

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Image Courtesy CMAGarth Brooks has announced four shows in Minneapolis on Friday, November 14 and Saturday, November 15.

The concerts will start at 6:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. local time each night, but Garth could add even more dates after tickets on go on sale Friday, October 3 at AXS.com/Garth or 1-855-411-4849.

These concerts mark Garth’s first time playing in Minnesota in more than 16 years. Of course, his wife Trisha Yearwood is also on the bill.

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Image Courtesy ABC/Mark LevineThe third season of ABC’s Nashville premieres Wednesday night featuring two live performances during the hour-long broadcast. Chris Carmack, who plays Will Lexington, and Charles Esten, who plays Deacon Claybourne, will actually perform twice Wednesday night — first for the east coast and then again two hours later for the west coast. They’ll have a live audience watching the performance at the show’s Nashville-area soundstage.

Even though Charles has plenty of experience doing improv with his former gig on Whose Line Is It Anyway?, he’s not taking this live prime-time performance lightly.

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