A reality series starring country singer Kellie Pickler (pictured), a documentary about NASCAR and a nightly talk show are among the offerings on U.S. cable net CMT’s 2015/2016 slate.
The network announced five new originals – including the scripted comedy Still The King starring Billy Ray Cyrus – during an upfront presentation in New York City on Thursday (April 2).
American Idol and Dancing With the Stars alum Pickler will star in I Love Kellie Pickler (working title), a series about the country singer’s marriage to songwriter Kyle Jacobs. The show is being produced by Ryan Seacrest Productions and will debut in September.
Other non-fiction titles coming soon to CMT are the Wheels Off Entertainment-produced Gainesville, a coming-of-age docuseries about a group of friends growing up in small-town Florida; the DiGa Vision-produced The Ed Bassmaster Show, which stars the YouTube comedian and prankster; and American Speed: The True Story of NASCAR, a Stephen David Entertainment-produced limited documentary series narrated by Dale Earnhardt Jr.
The network has also greenlit a talk show from Free90 Media and executive producer Chelsea Handler. The Josh Wolf Show will air nightly from Wednesday to Saturday beginning on June 11 and feature panel discussions, interviews and sketches.
Series set to return this spring or summer include Party Down South and Party Down South 2, both from 495 Productions, and the 51 Minds Entertainment-produced Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge. The channel is also bringing back music specials CMT Artists of the Year, the 2015 CMT Music Awards and CMT Championship Kickoff Party.