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COUNTRY'S CONTEMPORARY SCENE TAKES THE SPOTLIGHT EACH WEEK WITH 'COUNTDOWN AT THE NEON ARMADILLO'

 Show Is Buena Vista's Weekly One-Hour Series for Fall 1993
 Country's Hottest Performers and the Countdown Dancers
 Count Down the Hits from Music City, USA
 Nashville Advisory Board to Work
 with Buena Vista on Series Concepts and Staging
 BURBANK, Calif., Jan. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Country music's new sound, a whole new generation of artists and fans will have a date to keep each week this fall with "Countdown at the Neon Armadillo," a dazzling showcase for the songs, the dances and the entertainers that are redefining country music in the '90s, it was announced today by Amy Sacks, senior vice president, programming, Buena Vista Television.
 The one-hour weekly series has spun out of the success of the Dec. 10 ABC special, "Best of Country '92: Countdown at the Neon Armadillo," which not only was christened "two sensational hours" by the New York Daily News, but also ranked No. 1 in its time period, increased ABC's previous four-week household rating by 60 percent and posted the network's best adult 18-49 numbers this season in the Thursday 8-10 p.m. timeslot.
 "This series is well suited to the syndication market," said Bob Jacquemin, president, Buena Vista Television. "Some of the most exciting artists and music in show business today are coming out of the world of country music. Based upon the tremendous numbers and positive response to our special, it's clear the public's love affair with country music is exploding."
 Slated to be produced in Nashville, Tenn., for a fall 1993 premiere, the series will benefit from the input provided by a Nashville Advisory Board that will give series producers input on show design, music and dance presentation.
 "We learned a great deal when we produced Best of Country '92' last December," explained Sacks. "The Nashville music community has nurtured this new generation of cross-over talent that put country music on the map. Now that our series has a home in Nashville, we want the community to be part of the process."
 Each week, "Countdown at the Neon Armadillo" will feature up to six different artists performing their hit singles and speaking candidly about their own careers. Also featured will be world premieres of new music videos and the Countdown Dancers, performing today's hot steps from country music clubs nationwide in the countdown of each week's chart-topping songs.
 Executive producing the series will be Don Weiner, producer of "Best of Country '92" as well as a number of star-studded specials and series including "Showtime at the Apollo," "Uptown Comedy Club," "Diana Ross: Red Hot Rhythm and Blues" and "That's What Friends Are For."
 Forty-six hour-long episodes of "Countdown at the Neon Armadillo" will go into weekly production in late August; six weeks will repeat. The series will be sold on an all-barter basis, with Buena Vista retaining seven minutes and seven minutes going to stations. The series will be produced by Buena Vista Entertainment Inc. for distribution by Buena Vista Television.
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 /CONTACT: Laurel Whitcomb of Buena Vista Television, 818-560-2740/


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