Upfronts 2015: CMT Slates Late-Night Talk Show

Net Also Sets NASCAR Special With Dale Earnhardt Jr.
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CMT will look to boost its programming lineup with the addition of a new nightly talk show as part of its 2015-16 content slate, the Viacom-owned network said Thursday.

The Josh Wolf Show, the late-night comedy series coming in June, hails from executive producer Chelsea Handler and will feature panel discussions interview and sketches hosted by comedian Wolf, according to network officials.

CMT also is developing a scripted comedy, Still The King, starring Billy Ray Cryus (pictured) as a washed-up country singer who looks to turn his life around after learning he has a 15-year old daughter; and reality series I Love Kellie Picker, chronicling the lives of country singer Pickler and her husband Kyle Jacobs, said network officials.

Other new shows include Gainesville, a docu-series following a tight-knit group of friends in small town Florida as they attempt to transition into adulthood; The Ed Bassmaster Show, starring the popular Youtube comedian, and American Speed: The True Story of NASCAR, a limited series narrated by two-time Daytona 500 winner and racing royalty Dale Earnhardt Jr.

The network will also return Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge and reality hit Party Down South for new seasons, officials said.