Having recently scored its biggest hits to date, CMT continues to expand an impressive slate of original programming with five new series, a NASCAR event and several returning favorites, it was announced today at the network’s annual Upfront presentation held at The TimesCenter in New York City. The new originals include two comedies: “Still The King” starring singer-songwriter/actor Billy Ray Cyrus and a forthcoming series “I Love Kellie Pickler” (working title) featuring country singer Kellie Pickler and her husband Kyle Jacobs produced by Ryan Seacrest Productions. CMT will launch its first-ever nightly talk show, “The Josh Wolf Show,” starring comedian Josh Wolf and produced by Chelsea Handler. Also coming to CMT are “The Ed Bassmaster Show,” starring YouTube phenomenon Ed Bassmaster; “Gainesville,” a coming of age docu-series from the award-winning producers of “Brick City”; and “American Speed: The True Story of NASCAR,” a first of its kind limited series event that gives fans an unparalleled look at NASCAR narrated by Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Beginning this spring, CMT will premiere new seasons of fan favorites “Party Down South,” “Party Down South 2,” and “Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge,” as well as must-see music events: “CMT Music Awards,” “CMT Artists of the Year,” and “CMT Championship Kickoff Party.” Additionally, the entire series of the highly lauded ensemble drama “Friday Night Lights” starring Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton will begin airing in May.
“CMT is on fire. We are producing more original content than ever before and have a rich pipeline of fresh and innovative ideas,” said Jayson Dinsmore, Executive Vice President, Development for CMT. “This year, we’re enlisting some of the biggest names in the industry to unleash a groundbreaking new programming slate including epic events and music specials, a bold scripted comedy and brilliant documentaries.”