CMT Expands Original Programming to Two Nights

CMT's "Dallas Cowboys: Making the Team."

The network picks up four new series, an original movie, and renews two of its reality series.

CMT announced Tuesday that it’s expanding its original programming with four new series pick ups, its second original movie, and two series renewals.

“This is an exciting time here at CMT, with more original programming in development and production than ever before,” says CMT's EVP of Development and Programming, Jayson Dinsmore.  “These new series, along with our original movies and music franchises, and the additional night of primetime original programming to our schedule, represent our aggressive growth strategy for this season and beyond.” 

On Friday, Oct. 7, the network will premiere series Top Secret Recipe, and Trick My What?. On Thursday, Oct. 20, it will begin a second night of original programming with Season 2 of its dating show, Sweet Home Alabama, and the sixth season of Dallas Cowboys: Making the Team. New series Bayou Billionaires and Summer Rental are set to premiere in the winter.

Hollywood vet, Burt Reynolds, and country singer, LeAnn Rimes, play father and daughter in the network’s new original movie, Reel Love, which premieres in November.

Here are the official descriptions for CMT’s new original offerings.

Top Secret Recipe

In each one-hour episode of this eight-episode series, food hacker host Todd Wilbur investigates an iconic American recipe and attempts to recreate it better than the original.  Through research and numerous rounds of taste-testing, Wilbur does whatever it takes to crack the recipes for foods like KFC and Cinnabon, challenging judges in the ultimate blind taste-test to guess the original product.  TOP SECRET RECIPE is produced by 51 Minds Entertainment.  Cris Abrego, Rabih Gholam, Todd Wilbur, Perry Rogers, Scott Teti and Melanie Moreau (CMT) serve as executive producers.

Trick My What?

From the producers of the hit CMT series “Trick My Truck,” comes this new one-hour, nine-episode series hosted by John Schneider that gives blue-collar workers the opportunity to trick out anything with an engine that helps put food on the table for their family.  From shrimp boats to combines or logging skidders, Schneider will work to help trick out these lucky laborer's equipment.  TRICK MY WHAT? is produced by Varuna Entertainment with Jason Morgan and Melanie Moreau (CMT) serving as executive producers.

Bayou Billionaires

The Dowdens are a typical, hardworking and close-knit family of modest means living in Shreveport, La.  After discovering their home sits on the fourth largest deposit of natural gas in the U.S., the Dowdens struck it rich and are now ready to experience the finer things that life has to offer.  Led by patriarch, Gerald, and matriarch, Kitten, the 30-minute, 10-episode series follows the family as they experience the perks of belonging to a new tax bracket – from joining country clubs and hiring personal trainers, to traveling to places they never imagined they’d go.  BAYOU BILLIONAIRES is produced by Magilla Entertainment.  Brian Flanagan, Matt Ostrom, Laura Palumbo Johnson and Brad Johnson serve as executive producers.

Summer Rental

This one-hour, 10-episode series follows a real-life, naturally-entertaining family, born and raised in the South, as they embark on a “fish out of water” experience by visiting a fancy beach rental in the Hamptons for the summer, indulging in the high-end lifestyle of the Upper East Coast and bringing their southern flare to any situation.  SUMMER RENTAL is produced by Pink Sneakers.  Kimberly Belcher Cowin, John Ehrhard, Brad Johnson and Lewis Bogach (CMT) serve as executive producers.

Reel Love

In CMT’s second CMT Original Movie, LeAnn Rimes stars alongside Burt Reynolds in REEL LOVE.  When Holly (LeAnn Rimes) finds out her father Wade (Burt Reynolds) has suffered a heart attack, she drops everything and rushes back to her small Southern lake town to help him. Cantankerous Wade doesn’t want to rest, or take his meds, or eat healthy – all he wants to do is fish. And all Holly wants to do is return home, but what she doesn’t count on is developing an attraction for Jay (Shawn Roberts) -- the new guy in town. Once she gets back into small town living and reconnects with her old friends and the joys of walking around barefoot, she also doesn’t count on seeing her stuffy lawyer boyfriend in a different light…one that makes her realize that perhaps she really doesn’t want all the trappings of a big city life but instead wants the simple joys of a smaller one.  Written by Sharon Weil Aaron and directed by Brian K. Roberts (“Eveybody Loves Raymond”).  REEL LOVE is an Entertainment One Television production filmed in Toronto, Ontario.

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