Several new CMT programs were announced Tuesday (March 5), including an as-yet-untitled series featuring Cassadee Pope, season
three winner of The Voice. The programming announcements were made during CMT’s annual presentation attended by Viacom’s
top executives in New York City.
In addition to the series starring Pope, other programs confirmed to premiere later
this year include The Dirty South (from Jersey Shore executive producer SallyAnn Salsano and 495 Productions),
Hillbillies for Hire (from Leftfield Productions) and the acquired series Cops Reloaded (from the Fox Network).
premieres will follow one of the biggest programming launches in CMT history, Dog
and Beth: On the Hunt, starring bounty hunters Dog and Beth Chapman, which debuts April 21. Cops Reloaded joins
CMT’s programming lineup on March 25.
Four returning series include the breakout hit Swamp
Pawn (second season), My Big Redneck
Vacation (fourth season), Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team (eighth season) and Redneck
Island starring Steve Austin (third season).
CMT has more shows in development than ever before, led by projects
recently chosen for pilot presentations: Bad Blood (from ITV), Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Ranch (from Cris
Abrego), Methbusters (from Ketchum Labs) and Shootout (from Road Games Inc.).
Additionally, the annual
CMT Music Awards will air live from Nashville on June 5, and CMT
Crossroads returns in third quarter with Stevie Nicks and Lady
Antebellum. This summer, CMT will also launch its first animated project, Bounty Hunters, starring Jeff
Foxworthy, Bill Engvall, Larry
the Cable Guy and Lisa Lampanelli.
Special guests at the New York announcement included CMT
Hot Country Countdown hosts Cody Alan, Alecia Davis and Katie Cook. Sheryl
Crow also performed a four-song set featuring music from her upcoming album, including its first single, “Easy.”