Network schedules show for summer debut
NBC Universal isn’t giving up on “Nashville Star,” choosing to move the USA Network music competition to the Peacock.USA execs made it clear earlier this year that they had no interest in bringing “Star” back for a sixth season. But one of the show’s exec producers — Ben Silverman — is now running NBC Entertainment, paving the way for a Peacock pickup. Casting on the latest “Star” will begin next month, with NBC planning to debut the show this summer. Network is expected to name a new host and judges for the show later this year. Other changes in store for the show at NBC: Duos and groups will be eligible to compete, while contestants can be as young as 16 (with no upper limit on age). Peacock also announced Thursday that the recently greenlit second cycle of “American Gladiators” will be held until summer. Net said it will tubthump its warm weather sked as “NBC’s All-American Summer,” linking programming to its coverage of the Summer Olympics. “Star” was created by Reveille and is produced by 495 Prods. and Picture Vision. Silverman remains an exec producer, along with Howard Owens, Mark Koops and Sallyann Salsano.