Crook and Chase was the original name of the popular television series that focused primarily on the country music scene in Nashville, Tennessee. It was hosted by television personalities, Lorianne Cook and Charlie Chase. Crook and Chase began airing on April 1, 1986 on the Nashville Network. Every week, the hour-long program would explore what songs and artists were enjoying the most popularity on the country music charts. Crook and Chase also regularly featured musicians on the show, who would talk with the hosts and often perform their chart-topping hits. They also speculated about forthcoming albums and new artists who were making a splash in Nashville. The tone of the show was generally very light and positive, and artists were seldom asked difficult questions. Though many critics dismissed Crook and Chase as a lightweight copy of mainstream shows such as Entertainment Tonight and Extra, the program remained a hit with country audiences throughout its long run.
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