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Friday/weekend: Bobby Brown gets achy-breaky on CMT's "Gone Country." Plus: What did you think of "The Celebrity Apprentice" on Thursday?

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Weekend Pick

Now here’s a crazy concept for a TV show: Take seven performers, from “American Idol” hopeful Diana DeGarmo to Carnie Wilson of Wilson Phillips to Bobby Brown to Sisqo, throw them into a mansion in Nashville together, and teach them how to become country stars. By the end of the series, each contestant must write a country song and perform it on the show’s finale. (How tough is it to picture Bobby Brown singing a country song?) This achy breaky experiment begins when “Gone Country” premieres Friday (8 p.m. EST on CMT).

Also…

On Friday, a new episode of “Monk” airs at 9 p.m. EST on USA, while a new episode of “Friday Night Lights” airs at 9 p.m. EST on NBC. On the finale of “Miss America Reality Check,” Miss America contestants prepare for Saturday night’s big pageant (8 p.m. EST on TLC). The Australian Open: Women’s Final airs at 9:30 p.m. EST on ESPN2, and Robert De Niro stars in “Cape Fear” (11 p.m. EST on HBOS). On Saturday, the “US Figure Skating Championships” begins at 4 p.m. EST on NBC, the second season of “Torchwood” airs at 9 p.m. on BBC America, the “Super Bowl’s Greatest Commercials 2008″ (8 p.m. EST on CBS) looks back on some of the best ads ever aired during the Super Bowl, and the “Miss America 2008″ pageant airs at 8 p.m. EST on TLC. On Sunday, the “SAG Awards” air at 8 p.m. EST on TNT (or TBS), an adaptation of “Mansfield Park” is featured on “Masterpiece” (9 p.m. EST on PBS, check listings), Omar seeks revenge on “The Wire” (9 p.m. EST on HBO), and meth-making-chem-teacher Walter seeks a way out of a major mess on “Breaking Bad” (10 p.m. EST on AMC).

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Last night

What did you think of “The Celebrity Apprentice” on Thursday? Go here to discuss.

On the talk shows — Friday

Regis and Kelly

ABC, 9 a.m. EST

2007 Mom’s Dream Come True Special (repeat)

The View

ABC, 11 a.m. EST

“The View” on Dieting

Ellen DeGeneres

Syndicated, check local listings

Ellen’s 50th birthday celebration, Ryan Seacrest

Oprah Winfrey

Syndicated, check local listings

Adult Children of Divorce Confront Their Parents

Charlie Rose

PBS, check local listings

Steve Martin, Jerry Seinfeld

Larry King

CNN, 9 p.m. EST

TBA

David Letterman

CBS, 11:30 p.m. EST

Nathan Lane, Jake Johannsen

Jay Leno

NBC, 11:35 p.m. EST

TBA

Tavis Smiley

PBS, check local listings

Odetta

Jimmy Kimmel

ABC, 12:05 a.m. EST

TBA

Conan O’Brien

NBC, 12:35 a.m. EST

Sen. Barack Obama, Wilco (repeat)

Craig Ferguson

CBS, 12:35 a.m. EST

Diane Lane, James Johann, Ayo

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