CMT signs up Steve Austin for “Redneck Island”

The actor and former WWE star comes to the U.S. cable net via the upcoming 51 Minds series, premiering in June, and with a development deal for his own prodco in the picture.
May 8, 2012

Actor and former WWE star Steve Austin is heading to CMT with a series, Redneck Island, premiering in June, and a development deal for his own prodco.

Produced by 51 Minds Entertainment, Redneck Island is a 10-episode competition series hosted by Austin in which 12 Americans are dropped into a tropical paradise to compete for US$100,000. Contestants will be challenged with mental and physical tasks designed to celebrate the group’s strengths and weaknesses.

The series will be paired with season two of CMT’s My Big Redneck Vacation.

Austin’s development deal will see him producing additional series for the network with his prodco, Broken Skull Ranch Productions.

“Steve Austin is a true creative powerhouse, both in front of, and behind the camera, and we’re happy to be in business with him,” said Jayson Dinsmore, EVP, programming and development.

“If there’s one thing I know, it’s how to keep a bunch of rednecks in line. And that’s the bottom line!” said Austin, of Redneck Island.

Redneck Island is executive produced by Cris Abrego and Matt Westmore from 51 Minds Entertainment and Clay Newbill from 310 Entertainment, along with Austin. Jayson Dinsmore and Melanie Moreau serve as executive producers for CMT.


About The Author
Andrew Tracy joined Realscreen as associate editor in 2021, following 17 years as managing editor of the award-winning international film magazine Cinema Scope. From 2010 to 2020 he also held the position of senior editor at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he oversaw the flagship publication for the organization’s year-round Cinematheque programming and edited its first original monograph in a decade, Steve Gravestock’s A History of Icelandic Film. He was a scriptwriter and consultant on the first season of the Vice TV series The Vice Guide to Film, and his writing and reporting have been featured in such outlets as Cinema Scope, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Film Comment, MUBI Notebook, POV, and Montage.