CMT has green lit four unscripted series featuring wayward rednecks, chainsaw artists, memorabilia hunters and a family-owned gun range.
The U.S. cable network has ordered Redneck Intervention and Chainsaw Gang, which will debut this fall, and Full Metal Racket and Rock Raiders, both due to air next year.
The series join the network’s growing unscripted slate, which includes comedic reality show Trinity 911, Steve Austin-hosted reality competition Redneck Island and hits Bayou Billionaires and My Big Redneck Vacation.
“These shows represent a bolder CMT; with new series that are grounded and peppered with characters that are inherently funny, loud and a bit crazy,” said Jayson Dinsmore, EVP, development and programming. “We believe these series will keep CMT viewers laughing, or crying from laughing so hard.”
Produced by Pink Sneakers, Redneck Intervention is a one-hour, eight-episode series in which a group of concerned loved ones intervenes in the life of a former redneck and urges him or her to return to their country roots. It will premiere on September 15. Kimberly Belcher Cowin and John Ehrhard are executive producers for Pink Sneakers and Dinsmore and Lewis Bogach are EPs for CMT.
Chainsaw Gang is a 10-episode reality show starring chainsaw artist Stacy Poitras and his cohorts as they overcome the hazards of their profession to sculpt works of art. It’s produced by A Smith & Co. Productions, with Arthur Smith, Kent Weed, Frank Sinton, and Anthony Storm serving as executive producers along with Poitras, and Matt Miller serving as supervising producer. Claire McCabe and Dinsmore are EPs for CMT. It will debut later this fall.
Full Metal Racket (working title) follows the Sumner family who run Knob Creek Gun Range in Knob Creek, Kentucky, where customers can try out an array of weaponry and blow up whatever they bring. The 10-episode series is produced by Leftfield Pictures with Brent Montgomery, David George and Shawn Witt serving as executive producers and Lewis Bogach and Dinsmore serving executive producing for CMT. It will premiere in 2013.
Finally, Rock Raiders (w/t) is a 10-episode series that follows music memorabilia collectors Robert Reynolds and Stephen Shutts as they scour flea markets and garage sales across the country in search of prized possessions, such as a jukebox that once belonged to Johnny Cash and items connected to Hank Williams Jr., Cheap Trick and Nirvana. It is produced by Tom Forest and Thom Oliphant for Taillight TV, with Dinsmore and McCabe serving as executive producers for CMT. It’s due to air next year.