CMT greenlights “Broken Skull Ranch,” “Tattoo Titans”

U.S. cable network CMT has added a number of series to its upcoming schedule, including Steve Austin's Broken Skull Ranch and Tattoo Titans, and returning series Dog and Beth: On the Hunt (pictured).
December 19, 2013

U.S. cable network CMT has added a number of series to its upcoming schedule, including Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Ranch and Tattoo Titans, and returning series Dog and Beth: On the Hunt (pictured).

The commissions mark the highest number of greenlit series CMT has had in production at one time.

Premiering on January 18 will be the 13 x half-hour series My Big Redneck Family, from Pink Sneakers. The series follows the lives of the Clampet family, who previously starred in the network’s My Big Redneck Vacation. In this series, the family stays put in their hometown of Shreveport, LA, and the comedic reality series follows their everyday routines.

Meanwhile, Original Media’s Tattoo Titans, premiering in February, is a 8 x one-hour self-contained tattoo competition series. Four of the country’s top tattoo artists will take on three rounds of challenges over 10 hours, with the champion claiming US$10,000.

The 10 x one-hour series Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Ranch, made by Cris Abrego Productions, sees former professional wrestler Austin bringing eight elite athletes to his ranch in Texas to test their strength, stamina and endurance. The series, which debuts in June, wraps with what is billed as being the toughest obstacle course in America and the chance to win $10,000.

Elsewhere, launching in the summer/fall, Death Valley is an 8 x one-hour docuseries following five Death Valley residents. It’s produced by Glassman Media. Meanwhile, FNA USA premieres in April, with six hour-long episodes counting down the top 20 reasons that America rocks, produced by Juma Entertainment.

Tobacco Wars premieres in the spring/summer with five one-hour episodes set in the world of Kentucky’s dark fire tobacco industry. The Leftfield Pictures series follows the families of two fifth-generation tobacco men.

Finally, My Dysfunctional Family debuts in April. The 8 x one-hour Shed Media series sees ‘Teen Whisperer’ Dave Vitalli help badly behaving teens and their parents.

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CMT’s schedule also includes the previously announced series Win, Lose or Pawn from The Gurin Company, and Party Down South from 495 Productions, while Dog and Beth: On the Hunt from Electus returns in the spring, and Guntucky from Leftfield Pictures returns in March.

“The new shows represent the most aggressive original programming CMT has ever offered,” said Jayson Dinsmore, exec VP of programming and development at CMT. “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 ShoreParty Down South in January.”

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