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Billy Ray Cyrus Takes a Turn Into The World of UFOs

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Billy Ray Cyrus transformed himself from a somewhat-forgotten country songwriter into a kids' TV star in 2006 when he began appearing on the smash Disney show "Hannah Montana" alongside his daughter Miley. A year later, he made his reality-TV debut on "Dancing With the Stars," then co-hosted the singing competition "Nashville Star." But his next move on the small screen is a bit more unusual: Cyrus has struck a deal with Syfy and Peacock Productions to host a new weekly television show about paranormal activity and conspiracy theories with his son, Trace -- kind of a reality "X-Files" with a country twist.

While the show's name seems like it could double as a Miley Cyrus song title -- "UFO: Unbelievably Freakin' Obvious" -- Syfy promises the elder Cyrus has a serious and longstanding interest in the unknown. "The existence of paranormal phenomena is something I've always wanted to explore further," Cyrus said in a press release about the show. "I hope this series can shine a light on some of the activities we have questioned, and the mysteries that have long inspired us."

For the show, Cyrus and his son will take a series of cross-country trips while attempting to find the truth about political controversies, aliens, and unexplained activities by interviewing witnesses and shining a light on fresh evidence.

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Trace, like his dad and famous sister, is also a musician first: The tattooed 21-year-old is a former singer/guitarist from the band Metro Station, which scored a hit with its summer '08 single "Shake It," and is currently working on the debut album for his new band, Ashland High. Trace's best friend "Silent Franky" will also appear on "UFO," serving up data and information to the road-tripping duo via his parents' basement.

[Video: Watch Traceperform with his band

Speaking of the Cyrus family's three-letter-acronym career moves, Miley Cyrus is currently in Paris filming the movie "LOL: Laughing Out Loud" which co-stars Demi Moore and Ashley Greene. The film is a remake of the popular French movie of the same name.

[Related: MileyCyrus goes clubbing with 'Twilight' star]

TV shows probing unexplained phenomena date back to 1976, when Leonard Nimoy hosted "In Search Of...", a series that explored the Bermuda Triangle, Amelia Earhart's disappearance, and the existence of Dracula. Syfy already runs one of the most popular series in the genre, "Ghost Hunters," which has spun off into "Ghost Hunters Academy" and "Ghost Hunters International." The network also broadcasts "Destination Truth," which follows the exploits of investigator Josh Gates. While nearly all of Syfy's ghost-chasing stars sport facial hair, Billy Ray Cyrus will become their first paranormal sleuth with a soul patch.

[Billy Ray Cyrus photo: Fred Breedon/Getty Images]

[Miley and Trace Cyrus photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images]

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