CMT is getting back into the comedy business. It’s only sitcom series, Working Class, ran for a single 12 episode season in 2011 and starred Reba alum Melissa Peterman. Now, the network has tapped country singers Billy Ray Cyrus and Kellie Pickler for their own series at the network’s annual Upfront presentation held at The TimesCenter in New York City for 2015/2016.
Pickler will star in I Love Kellie Pickler (Working Title) premiering on September 18th. Recognized and beloved for her quirky personality, uniquely hysterical witticisms and Southern charm, the series will follow her marriage to Kyle Jacobs – her complete opposite. I Love Kellie Pickler is produced by Ryan Seacrest Productions with executive producers Ryan Seacrest, Eugene Young, Rabih Gholam, Kellie Pickler and Kyle Jacobs. Jayson Dinsmore and Morgan Selzer executive produce for CMT.
Premiering sometime in 2016, Cyrus will star in Still The King. The scripted comedy features Cyrus as Vernon Brown, AKA “Burnin’ Vernon,” a scandal-ridden washed up one-hit wonder who is kicked out of country music, only to emerge 20 years later as the second best Elvis impersonator in Laughlin, Nevada. After crashing into an old country church outside of Nashville during a drunken bender, he is sentenced to return and perform community service. Along the way, he pretends to be the congregation’s new minister and discovers he has a 15-year-old daughter he’s never met. Still The King is produced by Hideout Pictures with Billy Ray Cyrus serving as executive producer and writer. Shannon Houchins, Potsy Ponciroli and Travis Nicholson also executive produce. Julia Silverton and Jayson Dinsmore executive produce for CMT.
The network has also announced that the 2015 CMT Music Awards will be held June 10th during the annual CMA Music Fest in Downtown Nashville. The biggest and loudest night in country music where stars of the genre and celebrity guests descend upon Nashville for an unforgettable night of performances and awards. The 2015 CMT Music Awards are executive produced by John Hamlin and Margaret Comeaux for CMT, along with executive producer Michael Dempsey and director Joe DeMaio.
The sixth CMT Artists of the Year has been announced for December when Nashville celebrates the top country acts of 2015. In an evening filled with performances and special celebrity guests, CMT applauds the honorees’ impact on the genre including sales, radio and touring accomplishments over the past year. CMT Artists of the Year is executive produced by John Hamlin and Margaret Comeaux for CMT.
The network’s second CMT Championship Kickoff Party, an officially sanctioned, 90-minute concert special live from the host city of the College Football Playoff National Championship, will premiere in January 2016. In a weekend full of parties, CMT and a list of superstar friends kick it off with the biggest, loudest party of all. John Hamlin and Margaret Comeaux serve as executive producers for CMT.
Other non-music related series includes the network’s first late night comedy show, The Josh Wolf Show, starring starring comedian Josh Wolf who is best known for guest hosting Chelsea Lately, premiering on June 11th from executive producer Chelsea Handler. The show will air nightly from Wednesday to Saturday and feature panel discussions, interviews and sketches with stars from the worlds of country, Hollywood and beyond. In addition to Handler, The Josh Wolf Show is executive produced by FREE 90 MEDIA’s Brad Wollack and Tom Brunelle. Jayson Dinsmore and Julia Silverton executive produce for CMT.
The Ed Bassmaster Show, which stars YouTuber Bassmaster in his first ever TV show, premieres on June 17th. From the producers of MTV’s Teen Wolf, Kesha: My Crazy Beautiful Life and The Andy Milonakis Show, Bassmaster will unleash an astonishing range of characters on unsuspecting members of the general public. With over 1.9 million YouTube subscribers and 472 million views, Bassmaster is fast becoming a household name known for his pranks and skits. The Ed Bassmaster Show is executive produced by Tony DiSanto and Liz Gateley through DiGa Vision. Additional executive producers include Adam Dolgins and Tom Gianis. Matt Trierweiler executive produces for CMT.
Other new programming notes include 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. Additionally, the network has acquired the entire series of the highly lauded ensemble drama Friday Night Lights starring Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton that will begin airing in May.
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