Game Day: Arizona Coyotes travel to Nashville to battle Predators

The Arizona Coyotes hit the road to take on the Nashville Predators on Thursday night. Stay with this page for updates and analysis during and after the game.If you have trouble viewing the live updates, please click here.  Coyotes at PredatorsWhen: 6 p.m.Where: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville.TV/Radio: Fox Sports Arizona/KMVP-FM (98.7).Outlook: The Coyotes (10-28-8) will embark on a brief two-game road trip that begins with a matchup against the Nashville Predators (26-11-6) on Thursday in Nashville … The Predators are in the middle of a five-game homestand and have won their last three contests … Nashville’s last defeat came at the hands of the Coyotes on Jan. 4, a game that ended in a 3-2 overtime victory at Gila River Arena … The Predators are led in scoring by defenseman P.K. Subban (33 points) and Roman Josi (25 points), as well as forwards Kyle Turris (28 points) and Ryan Johansen (26 points) … Starting goaltender Pekka Rinne (21-8-3, 2.43 GAA) is expected to be between the pipes on Thursday against the Coyotes, who faced backup Juuse Saros in the team’s lone previous meeting this season. Continue Reading

‘Nashville’ TV show is ending after season 6

After six years on television, "Nashville" will ride off into the sunset next year. Lionsgate Television Group announced Friday that the show's upcoming sixth season will be its last, with the series finale airing in the summer of 2018.In a press release, Kevin Beggs, the production company's chairman, said they "believe that creatively it is time for the series to come to its triumphant close at the end of the upcoming season.""We’re very proud of our incredibly talented cast and crew, the creative brilliance of our showrunners, and the loyal support of our great partners at CMT, Hulu and ABC Studios. Most importantly, we owe a special debt of thanks to the Nashville fans who propelled the series to an incredible run. We owe it to them to make the 6th season the most exciting and memorable of all.”The final season of “Nashville” premieres at 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4. The 16-episode season will once again be split into two segments, with the finale airing summer 2018 (date TBA)."Nashville" premiered on the ABC network in 2012 to positive reviews and respectable viewership. Its success helped usher the real Nashville's "it city" era, which has seen Music City's size and stature grow by leaps and bounds.But for nearly as long, the show was also on the chopping block — hanging by a thread on ABC's prime-time lineup. After being canceled by the network in 2016, fans rallied to save the show, and cable network CMT picked it up.   Continue Reading

How to watch 2017 CMA Awards on TV and online

It's finally here.Country music’s biggest night is tonight and viewers can expect a different type show.This year's performers include Pink, Kelsea Ballerini and Reba McEntire, Dierks Bentley and Rascal Flatts, Brad Paisley and Kane Brown — plus Garth Brooks, Brothers Osborne, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Old Dominion, Jon Pardi, Chris Stapleton, Thomas Rhett and Carrie Underwood.. Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will host the CMA Awards for the ninth time. CMA Awards 2017WHEN: Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, at 8 p.m. (ET)WHERE: Bridgestone Arena in NashvilleTV: ABC Nashville: Ch. 2 Knoxville: Ch. 6 Memphis: Ch. 24 Jackson: Ch. 7 Chattanooga: Ch. 9 DirecTV: 336 (HD) Verizon: 507 (HD)STREAMING: sure to follow our red carpet live show on Facebook and this website starting at 6:15 p.m. (ET) with our reporters Cindy Watts and Brad Schmitt.   Continue Reading

SEE IT: Nashville TV station gets ahead of itself with Predators ‘Stanley Cup Finals’ graphic

Hold your horses, WSMV, your Predators aren’t quite there yet. The Nashville television station got ahead of itself by exactly one playoff series after the Preds earned a ticket to the Western Conference Finals by beating the St. Louis Blues in six games on Sunday. WSMV’s news-breaking graphic, however, told a different story. “PREDS HEAD TO STANLEY CUP FINALS!” the screen read, failing to acknowledge the other two teams still in the Cup hunt out west. Before they make it to their first Final, the Predators will face off against either the Edmonton Oilers or Anaheim Ducks. The two teams will drop the puck in Game 7 on Wednesday night. Nashville also has yet to make a Conference Finals appearance during its 18-year history, but some Predators fans still didn’t appreciate the station’s rookie mistake. Continue Reading

Nashville news anchor Dan Phillips fired for Prince-themed sports report

No news anchor could ever take the place of this man. A Nashville TV sports broadcaster says he was fired for giving an impressive Prince-themed sports report — which some viewers apparently found “insensitive.” WZTV reporter Dan Phillips delivered his masterful dispatch April 21, the day of Prince’s death. During a four minute sports roundup for the Fox station, Phillips managed to name-drop each song on “Purple Rain” and just about every other major Prince single (plus some deep cuts) — while never getting any raunchier than a reference to “Erotic City.” Some highlights include: “This is what it sounds like when doves cry and when Mike Fisher scores!” “And clock hits zero — party over, oops, out of time.” “The Ducks are still two games from dying for you.” But some viewers apparently didn’t go crazy for his parade of Purple One tributes. Phillips was fired Friday. “First of all, I want to thank everyone for the kind words, comments and positive feedback on this tribute I did to Prince last week,” Phillips wrote on Facebook. “Unfortunately, there were apparently some viewers, as well as management at the station, who did not feel the same way. They felt I was insensitive. And as a result, I was terminated today.” He said he would be moving on to “some exciting things I've been working on for some time now.” According to his LinkedIn page, Phillips worked at the station for more than 10 years. Reached by phone, Phillips declined to comment to the Daily News, and the WZTV news director did not immediately return messages. Continue Reading


INTREPID TV chef Anthony Bourdain of Manhattan made it out of Beirut with all his rangy limbs intact yesterday, but he said his heart was broken. "It was paradise, sort of the Western dream of the way we'd all like the Middle East to be - enlightened, progressive, multicultural and multi-religious," he said of Beirut, the famously cosmopolitan city where he spent two days eating, drinking and socializing before the Israeli bombs began to fall. "I was in love for two days and had my heart broken on the third," he told reporters aboard the Navy transport ship Nashville, which was ferrying refugees to Cyprus. Bourdain, the executive chef of Brasserie Les Halles on Park Ave. South and best-selling author of "Kitchen Confidential," was in Lebanon to film an episode of his globe-trotting Travel Channel show "No Reservations." "There ain't going to be a show," he wrote in one of several posts to online message boards for fellow cooks and foodies. "We never got to show the world how beautiful this country and its people are," he wrote. "It is indeed heartbreaking and horrifying what has happened to this lovely country - to spanking new, lovingly restored, resurgent Beirut in particular, in only a few days of sustained and seemingly senseless destruction." Bourdain and his producers were stuck in a hotel waiting to get out for more than a week. "Trapped, yes - but trapped by a freaking swimming pool - not under the rubble of our homes," he wrote. He vividly described the chaotic exodus in Beirut, where a crush of Americans waited to escape. "The embassy didn't answer the phone for a week. At the checkpoints, it was like a Metallica concert gone horribly wrong," he said. "It was a mob scene." Join the Conversation: Continue Reading


Jewel will be singing a different tune this fall - that of being a TV show host. The popular singer/songwriter and occasional actress has been signed to host the fifth season of the USA Network's "Nashville Star." "She's just radiant, and she's smart and she's a real fan of the show," said executive producer Howard Owens. Jewel replaces country star Wynonna Judd, who last year hosted with Cowboy Troy, who will remain as a co-host. "The network has been very excited about having a real super music star be the host of the show," Owens said. "It's been hard to back down from that sort of template every year." In the past, LeAnn Rimes was the host, with Sara Evans filling in when Rimes was sick. "Nashville Star" is a singing competition to find a new country star. Besides the star hosts, it's had some familiar country names as judges, too. And, it's produced a couple of charttopping acts. Owens said Jewel was a fan of the show and there had been talk of having her on last season as a performer, or as a guest judge, but the schedule couldn't be worked out. Owens said there will be format changes this season - as there have in each of the past four, though he declined to discuss specifics. Auditions are being held around the country, including one set for today at Rodeo Bar, 375 Third Ave., from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (For more information check E-mail:[email protected] Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

‘Glee,’ ending its run after six seasons, paved the way for music-oriented shows like ‘Nashville’ and ‘Empire’

Fox’s musical dramedy “Glee” closed with a whisper. As its sixth and last season ended Friday night, what was once the biggest-buzz show on television was averaging around 2 million viewers. At one time that number was 10 million. But “Glee” left notes that echo through television — most loudly of late in ABC’s “Nashville” and Fox’s “Empire.” Specifically, those shows incorporate legitimate music for audiences that enjoy country and soul/hip-hop/R&B. That sounds easy. The history of TV says it isn’t. Most prime-time shows over the last seven decades, even when they had a musical storyline, downplayed or avoided actual music. Why? Same reason most shows with a sports component minimize sports scenes. They look fake. They look like actors pretending to be athletes. So music has routinely been nudged to the margins. On the 1950s sitcom “Ozzie and Harriet,” Ricky Nelson occasionally would promote his latest single with an inserted scene like the famous one where he crooned “Never Be Anyone Else But You” to an enchanted young Tuesday Weld. The Monkees showcased their hits on their self-titled and short-lived 1960s TV series. But it wasn’t until several decades later, when the TV universe had expanded to include channels that specifically targeted teens and tweens, that programmers at Nickelodeon, Disney and MTV dusted off the Monkees template and started liking actors who could be cross-marketed as pop music stars. Miley Cyrus, the Jonas Brothers, Demi Lovato, Victoria Justice. The list goes on. Finding a way to gracefully integrate music into prime-time dramas, though, remained elusive. In 1990, “Cop Rock” and “Hull High” tried to insert musical numbers into dramatic scenes, with all the grace of a Continue Reading

‘Nashville,’ ‘Empire’ mark rise in same-sex romance storylines on network TV

First "Empire," now "Nashville." Same-sex romance keeps spreading to new TV turf. Two weeks ago, ABC's "Nashville" (Wednesday, 10 p.m.) took the major step of showing closeted country star Will Lexington (Chris Carmack) lounging in bed in his skivvies with his new flame Kevin Bicks (Kyle Dean Massey). That's a lot of rippling abs. It also pushes Will a little closer to what he fears is the danger zone — any inkling among his fans that he might be gay. Will has had boyfriends and encounters before. But this one, in which Kevin muses about how they barely even got out of bed for four days, has the potential to become serious enough that it would be harder to hide. That would be great for Will the person, says Carmack. The unknown is the effect it could have on his career. "There is the perception" that much of the country audience is socially conservative and thus might be uncomfortable with gay artists, Carmack says. "That's the assumption Will is under. He feels it's impossible to be an out country singer." Historically, that's been largely true, though a few real-life artists have come out in recent years, including Chelly Wright and Ty Herndon. Carmack says his own views have changed a little as Will's struggle with his sexuality has become more evident on the show. Two years ago, he said he thought Will was largely correct — that the country music culture was uncomfortable with gay artists. Now, he says, maybe not so much. "Based on what I hear from fans of the show, who I assume are also country music fans, they've shown so much support for Will," he says. "It gives me hope that those assumptions about country audiences and their perceived lack of tolerance might be incorrect." That seemed to be the case this past season with a TV show hip-hop and R&B, another musical culture that's never had many out artists. On Fox's "Empire," rap artist Jamal (Jussie Smollett) defied Continue Reading

Man, 53, freed from Nashville drainage pipe; tells rescuers he was trapped for four days being ‘adventurous’

A man emerged alive from an 18-inch wide pipe where he said he had been trapped for four days after an emergency crew smashed open the concrete pipe to free him on Sunday afternoon, according to reports. The 53-year-old man in Nashville, who officials haven’t identified by name, told rescuers from the local fire department he was just being "adventurous” when he crawled into a storm drain nearly a half mile away on Thursday, WTVF-TV reported. A bystander going to a swimming tournament at the Centennial Sportsplex near 25th Ave. North heard his pleas for help at around 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, according to WKRN-TV. A team of 15 to 18 first responders employed sledgehammers and hydraulic tools to rip away the concrete and shear off rebar, Nashville Fire Department public information officer Brian Haas told the Daily News.   As the the crew worked, NFD engineer Larry McCown crawled into the storm drain to calm the “thoroughly wedged” man and give him an oxygen mask, he told WKRN. The man couldn’t move his dust-covered body from the waist down and was slightly dehydrated, but fire department officials said his injuries were non-life threatening, according to The Tennessean. “He told me that he was in there because he'd 'always been adventurous,' and I said he should try a new adventure next time,” McCown told  The Tennessean.. The witness who notified authorities of the man trapped underground, Brian Williams, told WKRN that the bizarre decision to enter the drainage system could have cost the man his life. “If we had some rain, you know obviously he was in a storm drain, so it could have ended very badly for him,” Williams told the TV station. “I think he had a guardian angel overlooking him and he was able to get out of there alive.” Follow on Twitter @tobysalkc ON A MOBILE DEVICE? WATCH THE VIDEO HERE. Continue Reading