Underwood aims for family fun with show
Nashville, Tenn. — The variety show was once a television staple, and Carrie Underwood thinks it might be time for a resurgence.
The country music star hosts Monday’s “An All-Star Holiday Special” on Fox, and believes it’s just the tonic for the regular TV lineup.
“I think it’s really great they’re making a comeback because I think it’s really good family programming, and nowadays it seems like every show is about, like, murder or police and people shooting at each other,” Underwood said.
The 26-year-old Oklahoma native was too young to catch the golden age of the variety show. It once was as common as the reality show with stars like Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell sisters, Sonny and Cher, and even The Muppets mixing music and comedy to draw in a family audience.
Brad Paisley, fellow “American Idol” winner David Cook, “Idol” host Ryan Seacrest and Neil Patrick Harris also appear in the special, along with Underwood’s mother and sister.