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CBS offers primetime music specials

Celine Dion, Garth Brooks head to TV

Music specials haven’t fared well in primetime lately, but that’s not stopping CBS from tuning up a pair of hours toplined by Celine Dion and Garth Brooks.

Dion will star in “Celine Dion: That’s Just the Woman in Me,” a mix of greatest hits and new duets from her current album. Josh Groban and Black Eyed Peas frontman Will.I.Am will guest on the special, which lensed Saturday at L.A.’s Wiltern Theater.

CBS has slotted the Dion special — the singer’s first since wrapping up her five-year stand in Las Vegas — for Friday, Feb. 15, at 9 p.m.

On Jan. 25, Brooks will headline “Garth Brooks: Live in L.A.!,” which will chronicle the first of Brooks’ planned five concerts over two days. Spec will originate live from the Staples Center, with CBS airing the hour at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

With the WGA strike putting a premium on original programming, the Eye seems to have decided to ignore the recent ratings performances for concert specials. It’s not too much of a gamble, however, given that Dion and Brooks both fit squarely in the CBS demo.