A month after releasing her new CD, the star is hosting her own FOX special

By Stephen M. Silverman
October 13, 2009 07:00 AM
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Christmas is coming a little early for Carrie Underwood: FOX is giving the American Idol fourth-season winner her own two-hour variety special.

The singer, 26, will host Brad Paisley, Dolly Parton and fellow Idol alum David Cook on her Dec. 7 show, tentatively titled Carrie Underwood: An All-Star Holiday Special, says the Hollywood Reporter.

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After selling 10 million albums and winning four Grammys, Underwood, whose new album, Play On, is set for release Nov. 3, will sing on her TV special – hits, holiday classics and numbers from her new CD – as well as perform in comedy skits, says the trade paper.

And while the Underwood show is a one-time event, the Reporter notes that broadcast networks are looking to revive the variety format, as evidenced by CBS’s John Mayer pilot in the works.

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