CMT rallies around new 'Cheerleader'


CMT is giving 10 women a chance to regain their youth in a new makeover series titled "I Want to Look Like a High School Cheerleader Again."

The eight-episode series, set to premiere in October, is in production in Los Angeles. It features Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders trainer Jay Johnson (CMT's "Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team") as he works to whip 10 former high school cheerleaders into shape with the help of his wife, Lin, and his "army-style" fitness regimen. Contestants will be physically and emotionally challenged during a 10-week period as they compete for a $50,000 prize and the chance to perform again in front of a live audience.

"We're giving some lucky women a chance to change their health, their attitude, their lives and relive those cheerleading glory days all over again," CMT head of development Bob Kusbit said. "And after working with Jay the last couple of years, we know he is the perfect guy to make it all happen."

In addition to CMT's "Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders," Johnson has appeared in Bravo's "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy," ABC's "Wife Swap," Sony Pictures Television's syndicated court show "Judge Hatchett" and HBO's "Hard Knocks," among others.

"High School Cheerleader" was developed in-house by CMT, with Melanie Moreau and Kusbit serving as executive producers. The show is produced by Triage Entertainment, with Stu Schreiberg and Stephen Kroopnick also serving as executive producers and Adam Vetri (NBC's "The Biggest Loser") as co-executive producer.