‘Branson’ brings twang to PBS

PBS' 'Jubilee' to be hosted by Osmond

That Midwestern mecca for family-style entertainment is finally getting its own TV show.

“Branson Jubilee” is being prepped for PBS, with Jimmy Osmond to host the musical variety series.

Each episode will feature Les Brown Jr. & his Band of Renown and performers such as Crystal Gayle, Lesley Gore, Glen Campbell, Tony Orlando and Pat and Debby Boone.

Episodes will be taped in and around Branson, Mo.; series is scheduled to premiere on PBS stations in July.

“We are out to prove that good family entertainment is alive and well and still has a place on television,” said show’s exec producer, Robert Williams.

Covering the most popular genres from the 1960s to contempo artists like “Star Search” winner Jake Simpson and “Nashville Star” winner Brad Cotter, show also will feature up-close-and-personal moments with Branson favorites including Ray Stevens, Jim Stafford, the Duttons and the Presleys.

Since the early ’60s, Branson has evolved into a family entertainment performance center whose theaters now host 7.5 million visitors per year.

“Branson Jubilee” is produced by L.A.-based Bel Air Prods. in association with Branson Entertainment.