Unscripted

CMT teams with creator of “The Hills,” “Laguna Beach” for series

Viacom channel CMT has greenlit a docuseries from Laguna Beach creator Adam DiVello (pictured). Music City follows a group of emerging young artists as they attempt to pursue music careers in country music ...
September 27, 2017

Viacom channel CMT has greenlit a docuseries from Laguna Beach creator Adam DiVello (pictured).

Music City follows a group of emerging young artists as they attempt to pursue music careers in country music epicenter Nashville, Tennessee.

Produced by Lionsgate, the eight-part series is partly envisioned as a companion program to CMT’s scripted series Nashville, which the network picked up after it was cancelled by ABC in 2016. Nashville chronicles the lives of fictional country musicians both emerging and established.

In addition to MTV’s teen docusoap Laguna Beach, DiVello is credited with creating spinoffs The Hills and The City. Music City is his first project since The City wrapped in 2010.

“Music has always played a huge role in the storytelling process of my past series,” said DiVello, in a statement. “With Music City, we’ll take that element to another level, as we document the real-life struggles, heartaches and drama of those chasing their dreams of stardom.

“Nashville is such an exciting city and I can’t wait to share with the world the stories of this incredibly talented cast we’ve put together.”

“We’ve enlisted one of the industry’s most influential and talented producers to help guide our ever-expanding fanbase deeper inside our beloved hometown,” said CMT and TV Land GM Frank Tanki. “Like its sister series Nashville, Music City will spotlight a group of young artists as they grapple with love, life and the pursuit of their dreams through the incomparable lens of the creator of some of the most memorable series of the last 20 years.”

Music City is produced by DiVello’s Done and Done Productions and Lionsgate. DiVello serves as creator and executive producer.

Lionsgate previously partnered with CMT and Hulu in 2016 to produce season five of Nashville. The upcoming sixth season of Nashville returns to CMT and Hulu in January.

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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