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:
COPS RELOADED showcases newly-edited episodes of television’s popular reality program. The fast-paced, action-packed series features its most memorable criminals, car chases and moments. John Langley and Morgan Langley serve as executive producers. Premieres Monday, March 25, 2013.
HILLBILLIES FOR HIRE follows Jeremiah and his friend Big Ox as they run ‘Hillbillies for Hire,’ a custom prank shop in Polk County, Fla. The guys have one philosophy: if you’ve got the cash, no prank is too big and no stunt is too outrageous. Leftfield Pictures is behind the series with Brent Montgomery as executive producer. Premieres Summer 2013.
The CASSADEE POPE PROJECT offers a behind-the-scenes look at up-and-coming artist, Cassadee Pope, the winner of Season 3 of “The Voice,” and her journey to become a star. Premiere TBD.
THE DIRTY SOUTH introduces the South’s most outrageous personalities, as a group of friends converge upon a popular beach for the summer. THE DIRTY SOUTH is produced by 495 Productions; SallyAnn Salsano (“Jersey Shore”) serves as executive producer. Premieres Fall 2013.
REDNECK ISLAND returns redder-than-ever for its 3rd season, as host Steve Austin will guide a group of 14 self-proclaimed rednecks through grueling, and usually hilarious, mental and physical challenges for a chance to win $100,000. REDNECK ISLAND is produced by Cris Abrego from 51 Minds Entertainment and Clay Newbill from 310 Entertainment, along with Steve Austin from Broken Skull Ranch Productions. Premieres Summer 2013.
SWAMP PAWN, CMT’s fastest-growing show, will return for a 2nd season as Rick Phillips and the rest of the Bayou Pigeon cast will be on the hunt for the swamps’ most dangerous and lucrative catches: crawfish and alligators. SWAMP PAWN is produced by Pilgrim Films with Craig Piligian as executive producer. Premieres Fall 2013.
DALLAS COWBOYS CHEERLEADERS: MAKING THE TEAM comes back as one of CMT’s longest-running series for its 8th season. DCC is produced by Triage Entertainment and DCC Director Kelli Finglass serves as executive producer. Premieres Fall 2013.
MY BIG REDNECK VACATION will return for a 4th season with America’s favorite family, the Clampets, as they journey to new places and explore new cultures, leaving their redneck stamp along the way. MY BIG REDNECK VACATION is produced by Pink Sneakers. Premiere TBD.
BAD BLOOD, produced by ITV Studios America with executive producer Brian Zagorski, features two parties who are forced to put a new twist on conflict resolution after a physical altercation.
STEVE AUSTIN’S BROKEN SKULL RANCH tests the intelligence, skill and stamina of six contestants as they battle it out in grueling competitions on Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Ranch in Texas. Produced by Cris Abrego and hosted by Steve Austin.
METHBUSTERS gives a firsthand account of the day-to-day efforts of a Southern SWAT team as they fight to protect their community from the dangers of the meth trade. Produced by Ketchum Labs.
SHOOTOUT, produced by Road Games, Inc., features expert gunfighter Scotty Reitz as he challenges less than humble gun enthusiasts to a 24-hour gunfight that tests their skill and stamina.