|CMT GREENLIGHTS PRODUCTION ON SEVEN NEW SERIES INCLUDING THE COMPETITION-BASED “STEVE AUSTIN’S BROKEN SKULL RANCH”
“Dog And Beth: On The Hunt” and “Guntucky” Renewed for Second Seasons
CMT Schedules Newest Series “Party Down South” For Thursday Nights in January
LOS ANGELES – December 18, 2013 – CMT has greenlit production on seven, new unscripted series for 2014, the most the network has ever had in production at one time, it was announced today by Jayson Dinsmore, EVP, Programming and Development, CMT. The 2014 programming slate also includes a new Thursday night for CMT with the premiere of the previously-announced PARTY DOWN SOUTH, debuting January 16 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
“These new shows represent the most aggressive original programming CMT has ever offered,” said Dinsmore. “We’re purposefully broadening our originals to appeal to a wider audience through family-based comedies, outrageous humor, action-packed competition and unexpected dramas. We’re out to prove that CMT has some serious attitude with a distinct point of view, and there’s no better way to demonstrate this than with our surprising new series from the producers of ‘Jersey Shore,’ PARTY DOWN SOUTH in January.”
The seven new series scheduled for production and premiere in 2014 include MY BIG REDNECK FAMILY from Pink Sneakers; TATTOO TITANS from Original Media; STEVE AUSTIN’S BROKEN SKULL RANCH from Cris Abrego Productions; DEATH VALLEY from Glassman Media; FNA USA from Juma Entertainment; TOBACCO WARS from Leftfield Pictures; and MY DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILY from Shed Media.
Returning favorites DOG AND BETH: ON THE HUNT, from Electus, was the highest-rated CMT series this past year and has been renewed for 11, one-hour episodes; and GUNTUCKY, from Leftfield Pictures, has been renewed for eight, one-hour episodes. Both series are expected to run in second quarter 2014.
In 2013, CMT launched more original shows than ever before including such current series as ORANGE COUNTY CHOPPERS; a second season of SWAMP PAWN; a fourth season of SWEET HOME ALABAMA; and the previously-announced game show, WIN, LOSE OR PAWN, premiering this December.
Below are show programming descriptions and credits. All titles are working titles:
MY BIG REDNECK FAMILY – premieres Saturday, January 18
Thirteen, half-hour episodes
After sharing their last three vacations with the world, the Clampet family is back; only this time, they’re hanging out in their hometown of Shreveport, LA. MY BIG REDNECK FAMILY will document America’s favorite family in this all-new comedy following their everyday routines and parenting misadventures. From Jared’s awkward introduction to the world of temporary employment, to Doug’s relentless pursuit of intimacy with Wendy, it’s clear that the vacation is over, but their real life comedy has just begun.
MY BIG REDNECK FAMILY is produced by Pink Sneakers with executive producers Kimberly Belcher Ehrhard and John Ehrhard. Lewis Bogach and Joe Livecchi executive produce for CMT.
TATTOO TITANS – premieres February 2014
Eight, one-hour episodes
Television’s first ever, self-contained tattoo competition series inks up in early 2014 when four of the country’s best tattoo artists face off each week for a chance at $10,000 in cold hard cash. Three rounds, ten hours, no compromises. Which artist can sling the best ink to take down the rest of the competition?
TATTOO TITANS is produced by Original Media with executive producer Charlie Corwin and Co-EP Sam Berns. Jordan Harman, Joe Livecchi and Jayson Dinsmore executive produce for CMT.
STEVE AUSTIN’S BROKEN SKULL RANCH – premieres June 2014
Ten, one-hour episodes
In this ultimate badass competition show, Steve Austin brings eight elite athletes to his Broken Skull Ranch in Texas to test their strength, stamina and endurance. Each episode contestants go head-to-head until the last man standing earns the right to take on the toughest obstacle course in America, the “Skullbuster,” and the chance to win $10,000.
STEVE AUSTIN’S BROKEN SKULL RANCH is produced by Cris Abrego Productions with executive producers Cris Abrego, Steve Austin, Jack Heller, Rabih Gholam and Ben Samek. Melanie Moreau and Joe Livecchi executive produce for CMT.
DEATH VALLEY – premieres Summer/Fall 2014
Eight, one-hour episodes
Cut off from society and all the comforts it provides, this docu-series follows five Death Valley residents who brave the elements – and the perils of a lawless environment – in order to live their lives on their own terms.
DEATH VALLEY is produced by Glassman Media with Andrew Glassman as executive producer. Julia Silverton and Jayson Dinsmore executive produce for CMT.
FNA USA – premieres April 2014
Six, one-hour episodes
Each week on FNA USA, we’ll countdown the top 20 riotous reasons that America is the most badass, Olympic medal-winning, dictator-toppling, hot dog-eating competing superpower in the world. Based on the premise that Americans work hard and play harder than anyone else, FNA USA celebrates everything from six-packed babes to six packs of beer; and if it rocks, we invented it!
FNA USA is produced by Juma Entertainment with executive producers Bob Horowitz, Lewis Fenton, Len Webber and Tim Golier. Jordan Harman, Joe Livecchi and Jayson Dinsmore are executive producers for CMT.
TOBACCO WARS – premieres Spring/Summer 2014
Five, one-hour episodes
Tobacco Wars is set in the high-stakes world of Kentucky’s dark fire tobacco industry, following the families of two fifth-generation tobacco men. In dark fire country, carefully guarded farming know-how and family traditions are passed down – and freedom is as essential as the air they breathe. It’s a high-stress world, but these folks blow off steam with ease, living their country life to the fullest with endless wagering and outrageous country-boy hijinks.
TOBACCO WARS is produced by Leftfield Pictures with executive producers Brent Montgomery, David George, Jordana Hochman and Matthew J. Braley. David Brown, Augi Jakovac, Chuck Ardezzone and Frank Monti are co-executive producers. Ryan Becherer serves as consulting producer. Joe Livecchi and Lewis Bogach are the executive producers for CMT.
MY DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILY – premieres April 2014
Eight, one-hour episodes
Commando turned family fixer and dubbed “Teen Whisperer,” Dave Vitalli pulls no punches as he comes to the aid of teenagers and parents in distress. Armed with lie detectors and years of experience navigating his way through warzones, Dave’s presence provides a wakeup call for the badly-behaving teens. Mom and Dad beware, however, as his no-holds-barred approach will put their behavior under as much scrutiny as their teen’s.
MY DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILY is produced by Shed Media with executive producers Pamela Healey, Dan Peirson and Jeff Cvengros. Melanie Moreau and Joe Livecchi executive produce for CMT.
PREVIOUSLY-ANNOUNCED NEW SERIES
WIN, LOSE OR PAWN – premieres Wednesday, December 18
Twenty, half-hour episodes
People enter a pawn shop, hoping to flip their prized possessions and make a quick buck. What they don’t know is, they’re not on a pawn show… they’re on a pawn game show. And if they can answer a few questions correctly, they’re going to leave with much more than they’ve bargained for. Hosted by Frank Nicotero and John Cryderman.
WIN, LOSE OR PAWN is produced by The Gurin Company with executive producers Phil Gurin and Eric Evangelista. Julia Silverton is the executive producer for CMT.
PARTY DOWN SOUTH – premieres Thursday, January 16
Ten, one-hour episodes
From the producers of “Jersey Shore” comes the most outrageous PARTY DOWN SOUTH yet. This all-new series follows eight young, brazen adults for one wild summer of extreme fun. Their summer vacation spot, Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, may never be the same after these fast friends work, party and bond with one another over their common love of the South.
PARTY DOWN SOUTH is produced by 495 Productions, with SallyAnn Salsano, Joel Zimmer and Kyle Simpson serving as executive producers. Melanie Moreau and Jayson Dinsmore executive produce for CMT.
GUNTUCKY – premieres March 2014
Eight, one-hour episodes
When it comes to firearms, the Sumner’s family-owned business, Knob Creek Gun Range, is one of the most recognized names in the industry. Customers from around the world visit their Kentucky range to try out, pawn and purchase a broad range of legal firearms. This season the family bands together for some of their loudest adventures to date, including vintage tanks, martial arts, war reenactments, monster truck fireballs and an explosive range wedding.
GUNTUCKY is produced by Leftfield Pictures (“Pawn Stars”), with Brent Montgomery, David George, Shawn Witt, Adam Fox and Evan B. Stone serving as Executive Producers. Lewis Bogach and Jayson Dinsmore executive produce for CMT.
DOG AND BETH: ON THE HUNT – premieres Spring 2014
Eleven, one-hour episodes
The world’s most famous bounty hunters are at it again! Dog, Beth, Leland and Dakota are back on the road, crisscrossing the country to train fellow bondsman, and help tracking down some of America’s most dangerous criminals. With their trademark candor and strong belief in second chances, the Chapmans motivate and inspire both the local bondsmen, and the fugitives that the Chapmans capture along the way. This season, Dog introduces new high tech surveillance gear and the latest in cutting-edge ballistic equipment. Expect more adrenaline-filled hunts, dramatic captures, and emotional moments of redemption than ever before.
DOG AND BETH: ON THE HUNT is executive-produced by Duane and Beth Chapman and their production company, Entertainment By Bonnie and Clyde and by Electus, LLC. (Ben Silverman, Chris Grant, Jimmy Fox and Corie Henson), and Alan Deutsch. Matt Trierweiler is the executive producer for CMT.
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