Headlines: Nashville Casting, The Voice Expands

The Voice 9 Blind Auditions continue tonight beginning at 8/7c PM. The episode is two hours, as it is next week too.

Nicki Minaj comedy series gets picked up by ABC Family – ABC Family has given a series commitment order to a comedy that is executive-produced by multiplatinum rapper Nicki Minaj. The single-camera comedy is based on Minaj and her family’s immigration from Trinidad in the early ’90s–with focus on her childhood in Queens and the path that let to her eventual rise in the music scene. Minaj, who is behind such hits as “Starships” and “Anaconda,” will also appear in the series–but in what capacity is unclear. “This is one of the more unique adventures I’ve ever embarked on,” Minaj said in a statement. “I couldn’t be more proud and excited to team up with an amazing group of people to give the world something really special.” Production will begin in Minaj’s hometown of Queens, N.Y., this winter. – Read more at the LA Times

Martina McBride, Cassadee Pope Head Up Pandora’s Women in Country – Martina McBride, Cassadee Pope and RaeLynn are sharing a bill next month to further the role of women in country music. Presented by streaming-music service Pandora, “Pandora Presents: Women in Country Music” will highlight the contributions from country’s fairer sex. The concert takes place on October 14, it’s free to Pandora listeners who RSVP online, the concert takes place at New York’s Altman Building. – Read more at Rolling Stone

Nashville Casts Gilmore Grad as ‘Hipster’ Love Interest, But for Whom? – A tattooed new honey soon will arrive in Nashville, so watch out, Gunnar. Or Avery. Or Luke. (And don’t even think about it, Deacon.) Scout Taylor-Compton, whose many TV roles include that of Dean’s little sister on Gilmore Girls, is joining the cast in the recurring role of Erin, TVLine has learned exclusively. Per the official character description, Erin is a 20-something “east Nashville hipster” sound engineer with a bit of ink and no desire to commit to anything — a dude, a house, whatever — because her “free spirit” dictates how she lives her life. – Read more at TVLine

‘The Voice’ Set for Iceland, Africa in Latest Format Deals – TV producer Talpa, now owned by U.K. TV giant ITV’s ITV Studios, said Tuesday that it has sold its hit singing competition format The Voice to Iceland and several African countries, including Cameroon, Angola and Ivory Coast. The latest deals bring the number of local versions of The Voice to close to 65 worldwide, the company said. “Other countries preparing to launch The Voice in the near future are Ecuador, Azerbaijan and South Africa,” Talpa said. – Read more at The Hollywood Reporter

“Faking It” Star Katie Stevens: “I Was Always the Ugly Friend That No One Wanted” – What were some of the things that you were having trouble discovering about yourself? My issue was I was always the friend and never the girl, so I always had crushes on guys and they all wanted to date my friends. I was always the ugly friend that no one wanted, and it kind of still went on until like three years ago. I remember a few years ago, out of high school, I was in California with one of my friends and she’s a stunner, and so a guy came up to her on the street like, “I just wanted to let you know, you’re the most beautiful girl walking on this street.” And he looks at me and goes, “No offense.” – Read more at Cosmopolitan

Carrie Underwood Feels Like “a Happier Person” Since Welcoming Her “Sweet” Baby Isaiah – Carrie Underwood is gearing up to release her new album, Storyteller, next month while also tending to her baby, Isaiah , who was born February 27. The little one is currently teething, so he’s not sleeping as well as he used to. Carrie says, “He kind of wakes up kind of whiny and just needs to be comforted.” Besides that, Carrie says she and her husband, Mike Fisher , couldn’t ask for a sweeter bundle of joy than Isaiah. “He’s such a great baby,” Carrie adds. “Like, smiley and happy and just sweet. I’m sure all babies are sweet, but he’s, like, really sweet.” – Read more at Wincountry

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