CMT has greenlighted two new docu-reality series: Melissa and Tye: A New Reality starring Melissa Rycroft, which is executive produced by Ryan Seacrest, and I Love Jennie, starring Jennie Garth. Both have received orders for eight half-hour episodes for April premieres and will be showcased during CMT’s portion of the upcoming TCA Winter press tour.
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:
EXCLUSIVE: Former TV Land and Ryan Seacrest Prods executive Eliot Goldberg has joined CMT on the West Coast as SVP Development and Programming. He will oversee development of new programming — both unscripted and scripted — reporting to Jayson Dinsmore, EVP Development and Programming. CMT has been expanding into reality, most recently launching new Thursday series Texas Women and Sweet Home Alabama. It also ventured into scripted television with sitcom Working Class, which ran for one season. Goldberg recently served as SVP Development and Original Programming at a cable network that has found success with original sitcoms — TV Land. There he developed and oversaw scripted and non-scripted programming. Goldberg was involved in the development of scripted comedies Hot in Cleveland, Retired at 35 and Happily Divorced. His recent reality series include High School Reunion and Harry Loves Lisa. Before TV Land, Goldberg was EVP Programming and Development for Ryan Seacrest Prods at the company’s launch. He created, developed and executive produced such series as mega hit Keeping Up With the Kardashians, offshoot Khourtney and Khloe Take Miami and Denise Richards: It’s Complicated.
CMT’s first foray into scripted TV proved short-lived. The music-driven cable network has canceled its first original sitcom, Working Class, after one season. “Unfortunately, CMT will not be pursuing a second season of Working Class,” a note posted …
EXCLUSIVE: CMT is officially in the scripted series business with the pickup of comedy pilot Working Class to series. I hear the cable network has given the the multi-camera project from writer/executive producer Jill Cargerman (Gary Unmarried) a 12-episode order. Working Class stars Reba alumna and The Singing Bee host Melissa Peterman