Coming 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 look that will air immediately following the 2014 CMT Music Awards on June 4. CMT promises more muddin’, funnelin,’ and gettin’ country in Season 2 after an unforgettable summer in South Carolina in its debut season. A special two-part reunion show will kick off Thursday March 27 at 10 PM. Party Down South is created and executive produced by SallyAnn Salsano and 495 Productions.
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 they experience the highs and lows of cottage life – including canoeing, mosquitoes, eccentric neighbors and potential bear run-ins. Cineflix is producing with Spelling and McDermott exec producing. It’s slated to air on CMT in Canada and HGTV in the U.S. in spring 2014.
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:
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.
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 first five weeks on air, Dog And Beth, starring bounty hunters ‘Dog’ and Beth Chapman, ranks as CMT’s top current series, averaging more than 1 million total viewers. The Electus-produced show also has developed a big social media following. Original episodes air Sundays at 8 PM.
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 created by veteran reality producer Phil Gurin of The Gurin Co. (Oh Sit) and Eric Evangelista of Hot Snakes Media, who will both serve as executive producers, along with CMT’s Jayson Dinsmore, Joe Livecchi and Eliot Goldberg. Casting is currently underway in Southern California, with the series looking for people who have objects to pawn or want an item appraised.
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:
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 team of Melanie Moreau and Eliot Goldberg will also continue to report to Livecchi. Harman comes to CMT from Scripps where he spent six years as director of programming and development for the Food Network and the Cooking Channel.
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 scheduling, acquisitions and digital content strategy for the network. Cunin relocated to Los Angeles in August. CMT is expected to name a replacement, to be based in Nashville, in the new year. During her nine-year tenure at CMT, Cunin acquired off-network shows Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and Trading Spouses and negotiated a deal with Twentieth Century Fox to bring original episodes of Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader? to the channel simultaneously with broadcast syndication. On the original programming front, Cunin’s highest-profile initiative was the 2011 launch of a CMT original movie division to produce TV movies for the network. It has since been shelved.
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 of CBS, A&E, History Channel, Travel Channel, VH1, The Food Network and TLC. At CMT he will take on the newly created position of SVP Development, where he will oversee multiple development teams as well as external and third-party productions for the network. CMT’s West Coast development team of Claire McCabe, Melanie Moreau and Eliot Goldberg will report to Livecchi, who will be in New York and report to EVP Development and Programming Jayson Dinsmore. CMT has been expanding its original programming of late, recently greenlighting 10 episodes of an unscripted series starring Dog the Bounty Hunter and gave the go-ahead to four other series back in July.
EXCLUSIVE: 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.
Two 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:
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.”
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 as CMT sigs a development deal with Austin, whose action film credits include The Expendables movies. He also will develop other series with the network via his Broken Skull Ranch Prods shingle. On Redneck Island, he will “oversee a cast of characters who attempt to survive hilarious and unpredictable challenges in unique redneck fashion.” 51 Minds Entertainment produces the series, which will be paired on the schedule with Season 2 of the network’s My Big Redneck Vacation.
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.
EXCLUSIVE: 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, hourlong series goes inside the high-stakes, high-pressure world of competitive cheerleading with tough-as-nails coach Patty Ann Romero and her elite competitive cheerleading team as they journey toward the world cheerleading championships. The series is now in production and will debut in September, along with the upcoming seventh season of CMT’s unscripted hit Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making The Team. “Kelly and Mark’s passion for this project, along with the sport’s universal appeal, make this a fantastic project for CMT,” said the network’s EVP development and programming Jayson Dinsmore. “This series, paired with the powerhouse Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, promises to be the next breakout hit on the network.”
Cheer centers on Romero and her senior team consisting of 20 top athletes who, outside of the gym, are ordinary teenage girls trying balance a grueling schedule of conditioning and competitions along with school and the pressures of everyday life. While Romero dominates in the gym, she also is like a second mother to her team and will do what it takes to make sure they succeed on the mat and in life. “Having been a cheerleader, I know all too well what these girls …
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 become CMT’s two highest-rated original series in history. “Bayou Billionaires and My Big Redneck Vacation with Tom Arnold have energized Saturday nights on CMT and become runaway hits for the network,” said CMT’s EVP Jayson Dinsmore. The series are part of CMT’s push in reality TV after the network flirted briefly with original sitcoms. Bayou Billionaires, produced by Maglia Entertainment, tells the story of the hardworking and close-knit Dowden family of Shreveport, La. who recently struck it rich when the fourth largest deposit of natural gas in the United States was found on their property. The Pink Sneakers-produced My Big Redneck Vacation, hosted by Tom Arnold, follows the extended Clampet family as they experience the vacation-of-a-lifetime in the Hamptons. The location for Season 2 is TBD. Both series’ first-season finales air March 31.
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, starring the 1990s comedy star, which will premiere on March 25. The film, produced by Entertainment One, centers on self-proclaimed “Guido,” Nicky Ferelli, (Shore) who runs away from his mob-tied family when he is wrongly accused of murder, and ends up hiding out in a small southern town making a new and unusual variety of moonshine, while discovering that a country way of life could be the best thing that ever happened to him. “It’s heartfelt, and playing a likeable ‘Guido’ is a throwback to the old Pauly fans know from my earlier movies,” Shore said. Whiskey Business co-stars John Schneider and Tanya Tucker and also features Cynthia Preston, Brad Borbridge, and Nick Mancuso. CMT is the cable home of Shore’s 1993 hit Son In Law, which is one of the network’s top performers, “so to find a new vehicle to showcase his talent and popularity is an exciting opportunity,” said SMT’s SVP programming strategy Mary Beth Cunin.