L.A. Gang Unit members followed by A&E; celebrities will sing country on CMT

Two cable networks announced new reality shows on Friday. CMT will air a singing competition that features celebrities, while A&E will follow the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s gang unit.

CMT will air six episodes of Gone Country in January, and it stars Diana DeGarmo, Julio Iglesias Jr.; Maureen McCormick, Sisqo, Dee Snider, and Carnie Wilson. They “will live in a Nashville mansion for two weeks where they will be paired with songwriters in an attempt to prepare them for a career in country music,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. “In each episode, the cast competes against one another in challenges that will test them musically and physically to adapt to a country music lifestyle both on- and offstage. At the end of the two weeks, [Big & Rich's John] Rich will select one winner, who will record and release a song.”

A&E has ordered a pilot of a series that would follow the Los Angeles County Sherriff’s Department’s gang unit and “follows the highly experienced officers of the department’s Gang Task Force who work in South Central Los Angeles,” according to the Hollywood Reporter.

L.A. Gang Unit will be executive produced by Robert Conrad’s son, Shane Conrad, who said the LASD had “never been filmed before and were leery about the cameras going into these places, so it’s extremely exciting to be given this opportunity to show what it’s really like to work in one of the most dangerous beats in Los Angeles, if not the country. It’s pretty provocative and dramatic footage.”

Celebs to compete on CMT and A&E gangs up on L.A. sheriffs [Hollywood Reporter]

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