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Hosting reprise ...

Multi-platinum country star Trace Adkins says he won't be as nervous this time when he hosts the second American Country Awards on Fox television.

Emmy-winning actress Kristin Chenoweth will join him as co-host for the fan-voted awards show airing live from Las Vegas on Dec. 5.

Adkins signed on to host last year because he thought it would be a challenge that would take him out of his comfort zone. But he said he didn't start to enjoy it until about halfway into the two-hour show.

This time, he won't be as self-conscious.

"When you're just stumbling through something, everything's a blur. I don't know if you learn a whole lot, but I'm looking forward to it," said Adkins.

His biggest take-away? "Don't take yourself too seriously, and try to have fun with it."

Fans will pick the winners in traditional categories as well as other areas such as touring. Nominees, performers and presenters will be announced soon.


Farewell return ...

Sarah Michelle Gellar is headed for a new series on the CW network, but she says she'll find time to return to "All My Children."

Gellar confirmed Thursday that she'll make a farewell appearance on the canceled soap, where she played Kendall Hart from 1993 to 1995, and won a daytime Emmy award. "Children" will disappear from ABC on Sept. 23, ending a 4-decade run.

"I just wanted to be part of it," Gellar told reporters gathered for the Television Critics Association's press tour. She said she has no idea what part she will play in her one-day guest shot.

The former "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" star was on hand to discuss her new series, "Ringer," where she plays a woman in trouble who impersonates her twin sister. "Ringers" premieres Sept. 13 on the CW.


Celebrity birthdays ...

Sunday: Humorist Garrison Keillor is 69. Actor David Duchovny is 51. Actress Charlize Theron is 36.

Monday: Actress Esther Williams is 90. Country singer Mel Tillis is 79. Actor Dustin Hoffman is 74. Actor Keith Carradine is 62. Guitarist The Edge of U2 is 50.

Tuesday: Actress Melanie Griffith is 54. Singer Whitney Houston is 48. Actress Anna Kendrick is 26.

Wednesday: Singer-flutist Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull is 64. Actress Angie Harmon is 39.

Thursday: Wrestler-actor Hulk Hogan is 58. Rapper Chris Kelly of Kris Kross is 33.

Friday: Actor George Hamilton is 72. Actress Jennifer Warren is 70. Actress Rebecca Gayheart is 40. Actor Casey Affleck is 36.

Next Saturday: Actor Danny Bonaduce is 52.

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