CMT Orders Second Season Of ‘Party Down South’

By | Friday March 21, 2014 @ 8:24am PDT

cmtlogoComing off its season finale last night, CMT said today it has picked up a second season of Party Down South, its highest-rated original series ever. The new 13-episode season will premiere June 5 at 10 PM, following an advance first … Read More »

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‘Tori & Dean: Cabin Fever’ Set For Spring

By | Monday August 26, 2013 @ 1:27pm PDT

Production has begun on Tori & Dean: Cabin Fever, a series that follows Tori Spelling, hubby Dean McDermott and their four kids as they head to Ontario, Canada, to renovate a lakeside cottage. We follow the family as … Read More »

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CMT Announces Four New Fall Series; Return Of ‘Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders’

By | Wednesday August 7, 2013 @ 12:22pm PDT

CMT’s Fall line-up includes four new series, along with the return of Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders: Making The Team for an eighth season. Also slated is an all-new episode of CMT Crossroads featuring Stevie Nicks and Lady Antebellum. New original docu-series The Untitled Cassadee Pope Project follows the Season 3 The Voice winner and her rise to fame. It’s set to premiere on October 4 at 9 PM. Also scheduled is new reality series Untitled 495 from Jersey Shore exec producer SallyAnn Salsano and 495 Productions. It’s slated to premiere November 8 at 9 PM. Rounding out the fall lineup is, Orange County Choppers, featuring Paul Teutul Sr., premiering Saturday, November 16 at 9 PM, followed by the all-new competition series Tattoo Titans at 10 PM. In addition, CMT will continue airing new episodes of Dog And Beth: On The Hunt, Cops Reloaded and the animated series, Bounty Hunters. Click over for show descriptions: Read More »

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CMT Buys Off-Net Rights To ‘Hell’s Kitchen’

By | Thursday May 23, 2013 @ 8:02am PDT

LOS ANGELES – May 23, 2013 – CMT has reached a multi-year licensing deal with distributor Debmar-Mercury to become the exclusive cable partner for off-network episodes of HELL”S KITCHEN, produced by ITV Studios America, it was announced today by Katie Buchanan, senior vice president of programming strategy, CMT. The series will debut weekdays beginning this Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, at 12 p.m. ET/PT on CMT and will also be available on CMT VOD.

“The high energy and drama Gordon Ramsay brings to this series is a perfect companion to the CMT brand and complements our action-packed summer lineup nicely,” said Buchanan.

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CMT Gives 11-Episode Back Order To New Dog The Bounty Hunter Reality Series

By | Tuesday May 21, 2013 @ 11:15am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

CMT has picked up an additional 11 episodes of Dog And Beth: On The Hunt, bringing the reality show’s freshman season to 22 episodes. Production on the new episodes will begin immediately for an August airdate. Through its … Read More »

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CMT Orders Daily Pawn Shop Series

By | Tuesday April 30, 2013 @ 1:05pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: CMT has picked up Win Lose Or Pawn, the cable network’s first daily series, which will be launched as a strip this summer.  The format, which is a twist on the pawn shop reality craze, was … Read More »

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CMT Adds Four New Series, Brings Back Four; Creates News & Docs Division

By | Tuesday March 5, 2013 @ 10:59am PST

CMT announced today during its upfront presentation that it has added four new original series, four returning series, several projects in development and a newly created News & Docs division. The four new series set to premiere later this year include an untitled project with Cassadee Pope, winner of Season 3 of The Voice; The Dirty South, from Jersey Shore EP, SallyAnn Salsano and 495 Productions; Hillbillies For Hire from Leftfield Productions; and the acquired series, Cops Reloaded from Fox. The four returning series are Swamp Pain; My Big Redneck Vacation; Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making The Team and Redneck Island, starring Steve Austin. Shows in development recently chosen for pilot presentations include Bad Blood, Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Ranch, Methbusters and Shootout. CMT premieres Dog And Beth: On The Hunt on Sunday, April 21 at 8 PM immediately followed by the series premiere of Guntucky. The newly-acquired series Cops Reloaded starts on Monday, March 25. Here’s a look at new and returning series and pilot presentations: Read More »

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CMT Network Adds NY-Based VP Of Programming Development

By | Monday March 4, 2013 @ 2:34pm PST

CMT today announced that Jordan Harman has been named the network’s new VP of Programming Development based at Viacom Media Network headquarters in New York. Harman will report to Joe Livecchi, SVP, Development, effectively immediately. CMT’s West Coast development … Read More »

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SVP Mary Beth Cunin Departing CMT

By | Thursday December 6, 2012 @ 2:07pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Mary Beth Cunin, CMT‘s SVP of Programming Strategy, is leaving the network at the end of the year. Originally based in CMT’s Nashville headquarters and reporting directly to Brian Philips, President, CMT, Cunin oversees program scheduling, promotion … Read More »

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CMT Appoints Joe Livecchi SVP Development

By | Thursday November 15, 2012 @ 10:47am PST

Joe Livecchi held a development post at BBC Worldwide, was an executive producer at Endemol USA and is the exec producer/owner of Majority Rules Media, which has an output deal with ITV Studios and sold shows to the likes … Read More »

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Dog The Bounty Hunter Returns To TV With CMT Reality Series

By | Tuesday September 25, 2012 @ 11:22am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Dog The Bounty Hunter Reality ShowEXCLUSIVE: Dog The Bounty Hunter is back. CMT has greenlighted Dog (working title), a new unscripted series starring Duane “Dog” Chapman and his wife Beth Chapman. CMT has ordered 10 hourlong episodes of the project, from Ben Silverman’s Electus. Dog is set to begin production in early 2013 for a spring/summer premiere.

Dog showcases the next chapter in the lives of the Chapmans as they concentrate on helping other mom-and-pop bail bond agencies facing extinction due to bad legislation, untrained or ineffective bounty hunters, or just plain bad decisions. In what the producers describe as “action-packed, adrenaline-fueled adventure,” the duo will crisscross the U.S. training bounty hunters while looking for the most cunning, notorious and dangerous fugitive. CMT’s EVP Development and Programming Jayson Dinsmore called Dog “a game-changer for CMT,” adding, “We were aggressive in our pursuit of a show featuring Dog and Beth, one of the most bankable teams in television history.”

The duo were already game-changers for one basic cable network. Dog the Bounty Hunter, chronicling the Chapmans’ exploits chasing down fugitives, was a breakout hit for A&E when it launched in 2004 and helped establish the network as a place for docu-reality series. The show ended its run in June after eight seasons. “Dog and Beth are not only great television characters, they are the best bounty hunters in the world, and this show is a natural evolution of their life story,” Electus CEO Chris Grant said. Read More »

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CMT Greenlights Four New Series

By | Tuesday July 17, 2012 @ 8:43am PDT

CMT Series 2012Two new series, Chainsaw Gang and Redneck Intervention, will debut in the fall, while Full Metal Racket and Rock Raiders are due in 2013. They join Trinity 911 and CMT‘s first animated series Bounty Hunters (featuring the voices of Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall, Larry the Cable Guy and Lisa Lampanelli) already in production. Here are the network’s descriptions of the shows: Read More »

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Toby Keith And Kristen Bell Will Host CMT Music Awards

By | Monday May 21, 2012 @ 7:19am PDT

NASHVILLE – May 21, 2012 – The 2012 CMT MUSIC AWARDS just got a little rowdier and funnier as country music superstar Toby Keith and actress Kristen Bell have been tapped to host this year’s show. Now in its 11th year, the 2012 CMT MUSIC AWARDS will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, June 6 at 8:00 p.m., ET/PT on CMT and CMT.com.

“Toby Keith and Kristen Bell are a terrific one-two knockout punch for the 2012 CMT Music Awards,” said John Hamlin, SVP, Music Events and Talent, CMT. “Toby has been involved with our show every year since its inception and Kristen is as entertaining and witty as any young actor working today. We’re thrilled to have them both as hosts for this year’s show.”

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CMT Inks Deal With Steve Austin, Who Will Host Reality Series ‘Redneck Island’

By | Monday May 7, 2012 @ 11:42am PDT

EXCLUSIVE: The former WWE star will host the new 10-episode reality competition series Redneck Island, which drops 12 blue-collared contestants into a tropical paradise where they will compete for $100,000. The series, which will debut next month, comes … Read More »

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CMT Picks Up Animated Series ‘Bounty Hunters’ From Blue Collar Comedy Trio

By | Wednesday April 4, 2012 @ 10:49am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

At its upfront presentation today, CMT announced the pickup of two new series, including the network’s first-ever animated comedy, Bounty Hunters. The Blue Collar Comedy trio of Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall and Larry the Cable Guy will voice characters and will executive produce the series, which will premiere in 2013. Bounty Hunters, about three friends and their two-bit bounty hunting business, is a produced by Muse Entertainment and Parallel Entertainment. Additionally, CMT has ordered 10-episode reality series Trinity 911, about a small town Texas police force, which will debut later this year. Endemol USA is producing. Read More »

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CMT Orders Cheerleading Reality Series From Kelly Ripa & Mark Consuelos For Fall

By | Wednesday March 14, 2012 @ 1:22pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Kelly Ripa Mark Consuelos CMTEXCLUSIVE: Glee‘s Sue Sylvester soon won’t be not the only hard-driving cheerleading coach with a primetime series. CMT has greeenlighted Cheer, a reality series from Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos’ Milojo Prods. The six-episode, … Read More »

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CMT Renews Hot Freshmen ‘Bayou Billionaires’ & ‘My Big Redneck Vacation’

By | Thursday February 23, 2012 @ 8:52am PST
Nellie Andreeva

CMT has given early second-season pickups to breakout new reality series Bayou Billionaires and My Big Redneck Vacation for a June launch. The move is a no-brainer as the two series debuted in January to record-breaking numbers and have … Read More »

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Pauly Shore To Star In CMT Original Movie

By | Tuesday February 14, 2012 @ 12:34pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Actor-comedian Pauly Shore, who had a reality show, Paid Vacation With Pauly Show, on CMT, is back on the cable channel with a telefilm. The latest entry in CMT’s original movie franchise established a year ago, is Whiskey Business, … Read More »

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CMT Sets Ratings Records With ‘Bayou Billionaires’ And ‘My Big Redneck Vacation’

By | Monday January 23, 2012 @ 1:31pm PST

CMT recorded the network’s highest-rated original series telecasts ever on Saturday with the premieres of Bayou Billionaires and My Big Redneck Vacation. Bayou scored a 0.72 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic good for 724,000 viewers, and Redneck drew a … Read More »

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