CMT has announced the pickup of four new unscripted series: Top Secret Recipe featuring chef Todd Wilbur, and Trick My What? with John Schneider, both of which will premiere Oct. 7, and Bayou Billionaires and Summer Rental, which will launch in winter. In addition to Fridays, where Top Secret Recipe and Trick My What? will air, CMT will open a second night of original programming in the fall on Thursday with the returning Sweet Home Alabama and Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders, which will debut new seasons Oct. 20. CMT’s upcoming slate also includes the November premiere of CMT’s second original movie, Reel Love, starring LeAnn Rimes and Burt Reynolds, and new episodes of music series CMT Crossroads and Invitation Only. After flirting with scripted comedies last year by ordering four pilots — one of which, Working Class, went to series — CMT focused on growing its unscripted slate under former NBC reality executive Jayson Dinsmore who joined CMT as EVP development and programming in February. CMT successfully launched two reality series this summer: Texas Women and Sweet Home Alabama. Here are descriptions of CMT’s new series:
Top Secret Recipe
In each one-hour episode of this eight-episode series, food hacker host Todd Wilbur investigates an iconic American recipe and attempts to recreate it better than the original. Through research and numerous rounds of taste-testing, Wilbur does whatever it takes to crack the recipes for foods like KFC and Cinnabon, challenging judges in the ultimate blind taste-test to guess the original product. TOP SECRET RECIPE is produced by 51 Minds Entertainment. Cris Abrego, Rabih Gholam, Todd Wilbur, Perry Rogers, Scott Teti and Melanie Moreau (CMT) serve as executive producers.
Trick My What?
From the producers of the hit CMT series “Trick My Truck,” comes this new one-hour, nine-episode series hosted by John Schneider that gives blue-collar workers the opportunity to trick out anything with an engine that helps put food on the table for their family. From shrimp boats to combines or logging skidders, Schneider will work to help trick out these lucky laborer’s equipment. TRICK MY WHAT? is produced by Varuna Entertainment with Jason Morgan and Melanie Moreau (CMT) serving as executive producers.
The Dowdens are a typical, hardworking and close-knit family of modest means living in Shreveport, La. After discovering their home sits on the fourth largest deposit of natural gas in the U.S., the Dowdens struck it rich and are now ready to experience the finer things that life has to offer. Led by patriarch, Gerald, and matriarch, Kitten, the 30-minute, 10-episode series follows the family as they experience the perks of belonging to a new tax bracket – from joining country clubs and hiring personal trainers, to traveling to places they never imagined they’d go. BAYOU BILLIONAIRES is produced by Magilla Entertainment. Brian Flanagan, Matt Ostrom, Laura Palumbo Johnson and Brad Johnson serve as executive producers.
Premieres this Winter
This one-hour, 10-episode series follows a real-life, naturally-entertaining family, born and raised in the South, as they embark on a “fish out of water” experience by visiting a fancy beach rental in the Hamptons for the summer, indulging in the high-end lifestyle of the Upper East Coast and bringing their southern flare to any situation. SUMMER RENTAL is produced by Pink Sneakers. Kimberly Belcher Cowin, John Ehrhard, Brad Johnson and Lewis Bogach (CMT) serve as executive producers.
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