CMT Sets Premiere Dates for ‘Kellie Pickler’ & ‘Cowboys Cheerleaders’, Renews ‘Broken Skull Challenge’

CMT today announced premiere dates for a pair of docuseries and renewed a competition show for athletes. Set to premiere August 25 are Season 2 of I Love Kellie Pickler and Season 11 of Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team, and the cable net announced a fourth-season pickup for Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge.

“CMT’s unscripted series mirror the optimism and passion of our fans,” said Jayson Dinsmore, EVP Development. “Our shows are smart, spirited and play an important role in attracting new audiences.”

I Love Kellie Pickler follows the country singer who rose to fame via American Idol a decade ago and her husband Kyle Jacobs. Its sophomore season will introduced their family; follow the couple on a visit to Japan and go behind the scenes as they prepare for their appearance on Celebrity Family Feud. Kellie will also attempt various occupations including reliving her first job as a Sonic waitress and becoming an Uber driver for charity. The show is produced by Ryan Seacrest Productions and 51 Minds Entertainment.

This season of Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team, CMT’s longest-running nonmusic series, will follow a new group of hopefuls who compete to fulfill their dream of joining pro football’s elite cheer squad. Melissa Rycroft returns to mentor the new recruits, and Pickler will make a surprise visit to training camp on the show from Triage Entertainment.

Premiering later in the year, the next season of Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge will continue what CMT calls the most physically demanding competition series on TV. The show from 51 Minds Entertainment — which last season attracted more than 4 million weekly viewers — features pro athletes, power lifters, MMA fighters and everyday folks facing off in a series of intense challenges. Only one will advance to the grueling skullbuster challenge personally designed by former pro wrestler Steve Austin.

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