9:00am PT by Rick Porter
CMT Renews 'Music City,' Orders Companion Series 'Racing Wives'
CMT is adding to its stable of unscripted series with Racing Wives, which follows the spouses of several prominent NASCAR drivers. The cable network also has renewed docuseries Music City for a second season.
Racing Wives will follow the lives of five women living in the "opulent, eye-popping mansions" of Lake Norman, N.C. Three of the principal cast — sisters-in-law Ashley and Samantha Busch and Whitney Ward Dillon — are married to NASCAR drivers (Kurt and Kyle Busch and Austin Dillon). Also in the cast are Mariel Lane, Ward Dillon's best friend, and Amber Balcaen, an aspiring racer who has left her home in Canada in a bid to make her name in the sport.
Think a NASCAR version of sister network VH1's Basketball Wives: The show will follow Ashley and Samantha Busch as they "balanc[e] family life with their own ambitions," show Ward Dillon's conflict "between fitting in with her fellow wives while staying true to her best friend and cheerleader ride-or-die Mariel Lane" and Balcaen's attempts to break through in the historically male-dominated sport.
Racing Wives comes from T Group Productions (Very Cavallari) and executive producers Jenny Daly, Rob Lobl and Ben DeNoble.
The series is set to premiere in early 2019 and will be paired with season two of Music City, which will expand from eight to 10 episodes. The show from creator/executive producer Adam DiVello (The Hills) and Lionsgate follows a group of young adults chasing success and love in Nashville.
CMT has wound down its commitment to original scripted series with the recent series finale of Nashville in July. It's going after more unscripted fare, including a new version of Wife Swap.