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Carnie Wilson, Bobby Brown and Maureen McCormick

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — The folks at Country Music Television were so pleased with the job that Bobby Brown, Maureen McCormick and Carnie Wilson did on one reality show that they've brought them back for another.

None of the trio won on the first season of "Gone Country" — in which celebrities attempted to become country singers — but the three did become friends. And they're back on "Outsiders Inn" (7, 9 and 11:30 p.m., CMT), running a bed-and-breakfast in a small Tennessee town.

"It's something that I have always wanted to do — that I've always had a passion for," said McCormick, who remains best known for playing Marcia Brady on "The Brady Bunch." "Plus I just bonded so well with Carnie and Bobby."

That's the hook on "Outsiders Inn" — that McCormick, ex-Wilson Phillips singer Carnie Wilson and the notorious Brown would pal around together.

CMT introduced Brown — who had plenty of drug and legal problems before, during and after his tumultuous marriage to Whitney Houston — as "the misunderstood bad boy of R&B." Which Brown said he's not. But then he added, "I think people pretty much think they know me, but until you meet me and get a chance to spend time with me, don't judge me."

Which kind of sounds like he thinks he's misunderstood, doesn't it?

At any rate, McCormick is the innkeeper; Wilson (who has publicly battled weight problems) is the cook; and Brown is ...

"Well, I was the entertainment director because, you know, I like to have a good time," he said.

Yes, we know.

In this case, however, having a good time consisted of going out hunting with a bunch of guys you'd never really expect Brown to hang out with.

"I just made sure I stayed in the back because sometimes when you are going out in the woods with a bunch of ... rednecks, usually the dark one gets shot," he said. "And I probably looked like a bear to them. I just stayed in the back and let them do the hunting. I just stayed back there with my gun ready just in case somebody made a mistake and pointed it my way."

That and the time they put a goat in Wilson's kitchen is the kind of knee-slappin' high-larity you can expect from "Outsiders Inn."

Sort of makes you long for high-brow, intellectual fare like "Hee Haw."

SPEAKING OF HAS-BEENS, a second season of "Gone Country" — featuring Sebastian Bach, Irene Cara, Jermaine Jackson, Chris Kirkpatrick, Lorenzo Lamas, Sean Young and Mikalah Gordon — begins tonight (6, 8 and 10:30 p.m., CMT).

Gordon, who finished 11th on "American Idol" in 2005, is more a never-was than a has-been. But she can sing, which is a claim Young certainly can't make.

The show feels phonier than most celeb-reality series, which isn't good. We're supposed to believe these people were tricked into appearing?

But having the famously, um, odd Young on board makes it seem phonier still. Even the actress herself makes comments about how people think she's crazy.

And she told TV critics that, after making a drunken appearance at the DGA Awards in January, she decided "I've had enough. I think it was, like, (a) lot of years of feeling social anxiety about some stuff I went through in my career that I always felt was sort of unfair. But my social anxiety has kind of turned into social hostility."

It seems unfair, if not unwise, to put Young in any kind of celeb-reality show. Unfair to her and unfair to viewers.


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