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“I Love Kellie Pickler,” “Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders” return to CMT

Viacom-owned Country Music Television’s 2017 summer slate includes music specials like its first-ever outdoor version of Crossroads and returning hits such Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team. According to a release, the channel has ...
May 4, 2017

Viacom-owned Country Music Television’s 2017 summer slate includes music specials like its first-ever outdoor version of Crossroads and returning hits such Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team.

According to a release, the channel has seen an increase in audiences with 21 consecutive weeks of year-over-year total day ratings growth.

“After significant ratings gains and audience growth, we’re gearing up for our biggest summer slate ever,” said Brian Philips, president of CMT, in a statement. “Kicking off with Nashville in June, we’re blending music celebrations and specials with our hit originals. We’ll convert more newly-arrived fans to frequent viewers.”

CMT will premiere the first-ever ever outdoor version of CMT Crossroads with Grammy-Award winners Earth, Wind & Fire on June 23 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Surrounded by fans in downtown Nashville, Earth, Wind & Fire will team up with country stars including Grammy and CMT Music Award-winning super group Lady Antebellum to perform some of their biggest hits.

Returning to the network is the unscripted series, is the 12th season of Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making The Team, with 13 new episodes. The series follows fresh hopefuls looking to fulfil a lifelong dream of landing a highly coveted spot on the elite Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders squad.

The new season of I Love Kellie Pickler (pictured) will feature singer Kellie and husband Kyle house hunting in Nashville, presenting at the ACM Awards, recording new music and more.

Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making The Team and I Love Kellie Pickler, will premiere August 3 at 10 p.m. ET/PT and 11 p.m. ET/PT.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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