Upfronts ’13: CMT orders four series, creates docs division

A reality series from the creators of Jersey Shore and a docudrama starring The Voice winner Cassadee Pope (pictured) are among the new titles on the U.S. cable network's 2013 slate.
March 6, 2013

CMT has ordered four original series, including a reality series from the creators of Jersey Shore and a docudrama starring The Voice winner Cassadee Pope (pictured).

The titles, which were announced during the U.S. cable net’s 2013 upfront presentation in New York on yesterday (March 5), are part of CMT’s ongoing strategy to expand its appeal with increased original programming. In all, the net greenlit four new series, renewed four, ordered four pilots, and created a News & Docs division that will focus on current events coverage.

“These new series and initiatives represent a bolder, louder direction for the network, and one that aligns perfectly with our largest initiative to date,” said Jayson Dinsmore, CMT’sĀ EVP of programming and development, in a statement.

“Expanding our reach even further, we’ve created a News & Docs division that will allow us to cover topical stories through the CMT filter, and tell larger, more in-depth stories from some of the world’s greatest storytellers.”

The network’s revamped programming push will kick off with the April 21 premiere of Dog and Beth: On the Hunt, a new iteration of the former A&E series Dog The Bounty Hunter, which will be followed by the premiere of reality series Guntucky.

New to the line-up are The Dirty South, an over-the-top reality series from Jersey Shore producer 495 Productions that will premiere in the fall; The Cassadee Pope Project, a docudrama about The Voice season three winner’s attempts at stardom; Hillbillies for Hire, a Leftfield Pictures-produced series about the owners of a custom prank shop in Florida that will begin airing this summer; and Cops Reloaded, newly edited episodes of Fox’s long-running police series that began airing on March 25.

CMT also greenlit a second season on Swamp Pawn, a fourth season of My Big Redneck Vacation, an eighth season of Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team and a third season of the Steve Austin-hosted competition series Redneck Island.

The network also has four projects in development: Bad Blood, a series about conflict resolution from ITV and executive producer Brian Zagorski; the competition series Steven Austin’s Broken Skull Ranch; Methbusters, a Ketchum Labs-produced docu-series about a southern SWAT team; and Shootout, a Road Games-produced reality series starring expert gunfighter Scotty Reitz.

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