CMT To Produce Original Films


CMT will jump into the original movies arena with the development of two tele-films to air this summer, the network announced Tuesday.

The network, which launched its first original scripted series Working Class in January, will focus on romantic comedies and music-based films as part of its newly-formed original movies division, according to Mary Beth Cunin, senior vice president of programming for CMT.

The first two movies, to be released later this summer, include To The Mat (working title) starring Ricky Schroder (24, NYPD Blue) and Laura Bell Bundy (How I Met Your Mother); and Reel Love, starring Grammy Award-winning country artist and actress LeAnn Rimes. Both films will be produced by Entertainment One Television.

"We've had great ratings success programming with acquired theatrical romantic comedies", said Mary Beth Cunin, senior vice president of programming strategy in a statement. "It is only natural for us to create original stories that are tailor made for the CMT audience."