CMT PROGRAMMING HIGHLIGHTS 3-15-10

03/17/10

—WEEK OF MARCH 15—

ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A 5TH GRADER? - BACK-TO-BACK EPISODES WEEKNIGHTS!
Comedian Jeff Foxworthy hosts this new, fast-paced half-hour syndicated version of the atypical game show that measures adults' lack of knowledge – as revealed by how much they've forgotten since grammar school. Grownups find themselves in a classroom setting, revisiting their youth, as they tackle subjects they were taught years ago ranging from art to geography and math to social studies. In ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A 5TH GRADER?, however, the players are not alone and there is a way for contestants to "cheat" in this classroom. The adults have the opportunity to get some help – in the form of elementary advice from real 5th graders who always seem to know more than the contestants. Back-to-back episodes will begin each night at 8:00 p.m., ET/PT, with Tuesday’s episodes beginning at 7:00 p.m., ET/PT.

THE SINGING BEE - ALL NEW EPISODE!
Hosted by Melissa Peterman, new weekly one-hour episodes of THE SINGING BEE promise more laughs and excitement than ever before with new music selections and fierce competitors battling to win up to $10,000. Blending a mix of country music with popular favorites from other genres, THE SINGING BEE tests contestants’ knowledge of lyrics to well-known songs and those who fail to accurately sing the correct lyrics are eliminated from the competition. This all-new episode of THE SINGING BEE premieres Friday, March 19 at 9:00 p.m., ET/PT.

CMT CROSSROADS: JIMMY BUFFETT & ZAC BROWN BAND CMT ORIGINAL PREMIERE
Known for his high-energy sold-out shows, beach inspired tropical tunes and devoted and enthusiastic fans, singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett will share the stage with this year’s Grammy Award winner for best new artist, the Zac Brown Band. Don’t miss this unforgettable collaboration as they perform "Chicken Fried," "Toes," "Margaritaville" and much more before a live audience in Nashville. They team up for the latest episode of the critically-acclaimed CMT CROSSROADS series premiering Friday, March 19 at 10:00 p.m., ET/PT.

CMT CRIBS - BACK-TO-BACK ALL NEW EPISODES!
CMT CRIBS returns with an all-new season packed with the latest in luxury living, top of the line toys and the wildest whips on the road. We’re lounging in more homes of today’s hottest celebrities as this season takes us to new levels of country living. Back-to-back all-new episodes of CMT CRIBS air Friday March 19 beginning at 11:00 p.m., ET/PT, with a second all-new episode at 11:30 p.m., ET/PT.

•   11:00 p.m., ET/PT: CRIBS visits homes filled with music and magic- check out Colbie Caillat, Joss Stone, and Criss Angel’s homes.
•   11:30 p.m., ET/PT: CRIBS visits the homes of three athletes at the top of their games – Adrian Peterson, Tony Hawk, and Chuck Lidell.

CMT TOP 20 COUNTDOWN - ALL NEW EPISODE!
CMT TOP 20 COUNTDOWN, a two and a half-hour weekly countdown show, delivers country music’s hottest artists and rising stars with interviews and world video premieres. Hosted by Evan Farmer, on this week’s TOP 20 COUNTDOWN watch interviews with Gerard Butler and Craig Ferguson. Also catch bonus videos from Martina McBride and Eric Church. This all new episode of CMT TOP 20 COUNTDOWN airs Saturday, March 20 at 11:00 a.m., ET/PT.

CMT INSIDER: ALL NEW EPISODE!
CMT INSIDER, the weekly magazine show that explores all things in the world of entertainment that interest the CMT audience, features star interviews and news, chart action, new CD releases, new videos along with what's new in movies, fashion and fun. Hosted by Katie Cook, on this week’s show get the latest details on the recently announced summer tour with The Eagles featuring special guests Keith Urban and the Dixie Chicks. Also on the show, get a behind-the-scenes look at two of country’s leading ladies, Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood, at their magazine photoshoots for Elle and Allure respectively. Don’t miss part two of Gretchen Wilson’s interview and find out how to get tickets for the 2010 CMT Music Awards. This all new episode of CMT INSIDER premieres Saturday, March 20 at 1:30 p.m., ET/PT.

SOUTHERN FRIED FLICKS : “True Lies”
Hazel Smith hosts SOUTHERN FRIED FLICKS, one part movie and one part cooking show. While Smith hosts the movie, she will also show you how to cook a real down home dish and give the latest scoop on your favorite country stars. In this week’s film, “True Lies”, marital problems plague an international spy who works for Omega Sector, a top-secret government agency charged with the intervention of nuclear terrorism. Starring Arnold Schwarzeneggar, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Arnold, Bill Paxton and Tia Carrere, SOUTHERN FRIED FLICKS with Hazel Smith airs Saturday, March 20 at 8:15 p.m., ET/PT.

—WEEK OF MARCH 22—

ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A 5TH GRADER? - NASCAR & WWE WEEK!
Comedian Jeff Foxworthy hosts this new, fast-paced half-hour syndicated version of the atypical game show that measures adults' lack of knowledge – as revealed by how much they've forgotten since grammar school. Grownups find themselves in a classroom setting, revisiting their youth, as they tackle subjects they were taught years ago ranging from art to geography and math to social studies. In ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A 5TH GRADER?, however, the players are not alone and there is a way for contestants to "cheat" in this classroom. The adults have the opportunity to get some help – in the form of elementary advice from real 5th graders who always seem to know more than the contestants. Don’t miss this week as NASCAR and WWE celebrities are featured as contestants during the 8:00 p.m., ET/PT block (7:00 p.m. ET/PT on Tuesday) and television celebrities are featured as contestants during the 8:30 p.m., ET/PT block (7:30 p.m., ET/PT on Tuesday)!

The NASCAR line-up for ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A 5th GRADER? is as follows:

• Monday, 3/22 – David Ragan
• Tuesday, 3/23 – Michael Waltrip (7:00 p.m. ET/PT)
• Wednesday, 3/24 – Kurt Busch
• Thursday, 3/25 – Denny Hamlin
• Friday, 3/26 – Carl Edwards

The WWE line-up for ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A 5th GRADER? is as follows:

• Monday, 3/22 – WWE: “The Miz”
• Tuesday, 3/23 – WWE: “John Morrison” (7:00 p.m. ET/PT)
• Wednesday, 3/24 – WWE: “Michelle McCool”
• Thursday, 3/25 – WWE: “MVP”
• Friday, 3/26 – WWE: “Big Show”

THE SINGING BEE - BACK-TO-BACK EPISODES!
Hosted by Melissa Peterman, weekly one-hour episodes of THE SINGING BEE promise more laughs and excitement than ever before with new music selections and fierce competitors battling to win up to $10,000. Blending a mix of country music with popular favorites from other genres, THE SINGING BEE tests contestants’ knowledge of lyrics to well-known songs and those who fail to accurately sing the correct lyrics are eliminated from the competition. Back-to-back episodes of THE SINGING BEE air Friday, March 27 beginning at 8:00 p.m., ET/PT.

CMT’S #1 MUSIC AND A MOVIE: “Rudy”
Blockbuster movies and the hottest country music come together again when CMT’s #1 MUSIC AND A MOVIE airs with “Rudy” as the featured movie of the week. Hosted by CMT Radio personality Cody Alan, the segment is complete with No. 1 music videos and movie facts. The show also features musical guests and special interviews with stars from the movie of the week. This week’s film “Rudy”, based on a true story, follows Rudy Ruettiger, a blue-collar kid whose father worships Notre Dame football but would never dare to dream that any of his sons could be a part of the team. Rudy has always been told that he was too small to play college football, but he is determined to overcome the odds and fulfill his dream of playing for the Fighting Irish. Staring Sean Astin, Ned Beatty and Jon Favreau, CMT’S #1 MUSIC AND A MOVIE featuring “Rudy” premieres Sunday, March 28, at 2:00 p.m., ET/PT.


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