CMT Greenlights Seven New Series

Former Country Channel Pushes into More Original Fare with Reality Shows

CMT has given the greenlight to seven new unscripted series targeted for 2014. The move marks the busiest production schedule ever for the network.

The seven new series include My Big Redneck Family from producer Pink Sneakers, premiering Jan. 18; Tattoo Titans from Original Media, starting in February; FNA USA from Juma Entertainment, debuting in April; My Dysfunctional Family from Shed Media, also in April; Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Ranch from Cris Abrego Productions, slated for June; Tobacco Wars from Leftfield Pictures, bowing this spring or summer; and Death Valley from Glassman Media, scheduled for a summer or fall launch.

“These new shows represent the most aggressive original programming CMT has ever offered,” said Jayson Dinsmore, CMT’s executive vice president, programming and development.  “We’re purposefully broadening our originals to appeal to a wider audience through family-based comedies, outrageous humor, action-packed competition and unexpected dramas.”

CMT has also renewed the series Dog and Beth: On the Hunt for 11 one-hour episodes and Guntucky for eight one-hour episodes. Both are slated to air in the second quarter of 2014.