Apple has greenlit My Kind of Country, its first music competition series, from Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine, Jason Owen and Emmy Award nominated showrunner Izzie Pick Ibarra.
The country music competition series will incorporate “documentary sensibility” as contestants from across the globe vie to become the next major country music talent.
According to Apple, the hybrid series will “break down cultural and musical barriers” throughout the country music genre by inviting “innovative musicians” to take center stage.
Adam Blackstone (The Masked Singer, The Four) will serve as musical director for the series, which will be executive produced by Done + Dusted.
Witherspoon (pictured), Lauren Neustadter, head of film and television, and Cynthia Stockhammer, SVP of unscripted programming, will executive produce for Hello Sunshine. Executive producing for Done + Dusted are Katy Mullan and Melanie Fletcher.
Sandbox Entertainment president and CEO Jason Owen will also serve as executive producer alongside Izzie Pick Ibarra (The Masked Singer, Dancing with the Stars).
My Kind of Country will premiere globally on Apple TV+. A premiere date has not yet been slated.
Jana Duggar: Was She Traumatized By a Past Courtship?
If you’re a Counting On fan, we probably don’t need to tell you that Jana Duggar is single.
While the show will go for long stretches without ever making mention of that fact, it’s never far from the minds of viewers.
On social media, fans have spent countless hours wondering why Jana remains unattached.
Most of these conversations are either meant to be complimentary, or they come from a place of genuine concern.
Fans can’t imagine how a “catch” like Jana hasn’t found the right man, and they’re worried because they know how important motherhood is in her world.
But oftentimes, all the speculation and hearsay serves to make Jana feel even more pressured to get married.
It’s something she’s complained about frequently, but it seems unlikely that it will ever stop.
Duggar fans are flat-out obsessed with Jana’s singleness, and they’re forever coming up with new theories in their ongoing effort to explain it.
The latest comes to us from the more Duggar-obsessed corners of Reddit.
A surprising number of users there are convinced that Jana entered a courtship in 2015, when she was 25 years old.
It was around this time that news of the Josh Duggar sex scandals went public, and it briefly looked as though the wildly lucrative Duggar media empire would come to an end.
Josh molested five young girls — four of whom were his sisters — and his parents helped him cover up the crime.
Yet, none of them suffered any real consequences.
Now, many fans are of the belief that it was Jana who paid the price for the revelation of Josh’s predatory behavior.
“Jana was going to announce a courtship when the scandals broke and it ended because of them. No other guy will ever measure up, so she’ll stay single forever,” one user wrote on Reddit.
“Jana was Promised To Betrothal while [Josh] was engaged to Anna, and it fell thru,” someone else wrote.
Josh got married back in 2008 when Jana was 18, but some fans believe her mystery man was informed of the scandal privately, before the news went public, and he decided not to go through with the courtship.
But while there’s disagreement on the timeline, the proponents of this theory share the belief that Josh’s sex scandals were the cause of Jana’s first and only breakup.
Some believe the trauma of being dumped was so severe that Jana never got over it.
Others think that Jana’s parents have not been able to find her a suitor who measured up to her first one.
Regardless of the details, these people share the belief that Josh’s misconduct essentially ruined Jana’s life.
They’re right, of course, but not necessarily in the way that they think they are.
It’s believed that Jana was not one of the four sisters whom victimized.
But no doubt she was traumatized by the knowledge that her trusted older brother had gotten away with molesting her younger sisters.
And being forced to live with her sisters’ abuser for years afterward could not have been easy.
We won’t speculate as to the possible reasons why Jana might still be single — but it’s easy to see how Josh’s actions might have left her with a lifelong mistrust of men.
Former ‘Kate Plus 8’ Star Mady Gosselin Shares Rare Photo Amid Dad Jon’s Domestic Abuse Allegations
Former Kate Plus 8 star Mady Gosselin shared a rare photo amid dad Jon Gosselin‘s abuse allegations.
“Girlz and gals,” the 19-year-old captioned the snapshot on Tuesday, September 29, alongside two friends.
The post comes nearly three weeks after the teen’s brother Collin Gosselin accused their father of physical abuse, prompting an investigation.
According to People, the County of Berks, Pennsylvania Child and Youth Services notified their mom, Kate Gosselin, of the alleged incident between Jon and the 16-year-old that took place earlier this month.
“You do not punch and kick your children. You do not kick a child. I don’t want to hear any excuses from anyone, not from his father, not from local law enforcement, not from court personnel whose job is supposedly to ensure the best interests of my children,” she told the outlet. “There is a child abuse law, PA 23, section 8i states that doing any of the following, regardless of whether it causes injury, is child abuse, and first on that list is kicking. Period.” She later called her ex-husband a “violent and abusive person.”
Collin reportedly said his dad “beat” him in a now-deleted Instagram post. “My dad is a liar,” it allegedly read. “Yesterday he beat me up and thought nothing of it, he punched me in the face and gave me a swollen nose and I started bleeding. He then continued to kick me in the ribs after I was on the floor. He is a liar.”
Since then, however, Mady and Collin’s sister Hannah has spoken out in support of Jon. “My dad loves us,” Hannah told the Daily Mail on September 16, adding that he’s a “very supportive dad.”
Jon’s rep previously told In Touch Jon is a “loving father who has never abused his son,” noting that “legal action will be taken” following Kate’s “malicious” and “libelous statements.”
Prior to the accusations, a source told In Touch exclusively things were “going pretty well” between the father-son duo. “He was happy with Jon’s girlfriend Colleen [Conrad] and seemed well-adjusted to living life with his dad, sister Hannah and Colleen’s kids.”
No charges have been filed.
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