CMT PROGRAMMING HIGHLIGHTS 3-8-10

03/09/10

—WEEK OF MARCH 8—

March 8 – 13: BIG NEW COMEDY WEEK ON CMT!

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 6:00 p.m., ET/PT.

BLUE COLLAR COMEDY TOUR - ENCORE PRESENTATION!
Recorded during the summer of 2002, the "Blue Collar Comedy Tour" was filmed as a concert movie. It features the stage performances of the tour's four headliners: Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall, Larry the Cable Guy, and Ron White. Woven into the chronicle are behind-the-scenes sequences featuring all four performers. This encore presentation of BLUR COLLAR COMEDY TOUR airs Monday, March 8 at 9:00 p.m., ET/P.

RON WHITE: YOU CAN’T FIX STUPID ENCORE PRESENTATION!
Catch some straight-shooting comedy as Blue Collar Comedy Tour veteran Ron White aims his sights at those little things in life that tick him off. This encore presentation of RON WHITE: YOU CAN’T FIX STUPID airs Tuesday, March 9 at 9:00 p.m., ET/PT.

BRIAN REGAN: THE EPITOME OF HYPERBOLE ENCORE PRESENATION
With his over-the-top expressions and goofy mugs, physical comedian Brian Regan is best known for taking everyday experiences and turning them into exaggerated situations. In this one-hour special, Regan exposes the truth behind psychics, discusses the stupidest crimes and offers his suggestions on how to improve the opera. This special of BRIAN REGAN: THE EPITOME OF HYPERBOLE premieres Tuesday, March 9 at 10:00 p.m., ET/PT.

JIM GAFFIGAN: BEYOND THE PALE - ENCORE PRESENTATION!
Recorded at the historic Vic Theater in Chicago, Jim Gaffigan (SuperTroopers, “Sex and the City”, “My Boys”) delivers the stand-up performance of a lifetime as he takes the mic and rules the stage with his deadpan stand-up style in this one-hour special. Known for his routines and skits relating to laziness and food, BEYOND THE PALE takes a look at American eating habits, religion, holiday traditions and Hot Pockets. This special of JIM GAFFIGAN: BEYOND THE PALE premieres Wednesday, March 10 at 9:00 p.m., ET/PT.

BLUE COLLAR COMEDY TOUR RIDES AGAIN - ENCORE PRESENTATION!
The Blue Collar Comedy gang of Bill Engvall, Jeff Foxworthy, Larry the Cable Guy and Ron White return with another dose of Blue Collar Comedy and laughs in BLUE COLLAR COMEDY TOUR RIDES AGAIN. This encore presentation of BLUE COLLAR COMEDY TOUR RIDES AGAIN premieres Thursday, March 11 at 9:00 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 12 at 9:00 p.m., ET/PT.

MELISSA PETERMAN: AM I THE ONLY ONE? CMT ORIGINAL PREMIERE
Filmed in Nashville, funnygal and host of CMT’s hit show THE SINGING BEE, Melissa Peterman performs her one-woman stand-up comedy show. This CMT original of MELISSA PETERMAN: AM I THE ONLY ONE? premieres Friday, March 12 at 10:00 p.m., ET/PT.

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, this week’s TOP 20 COUNTDOWN takes a road trip to the Atlanta Motor Speedway for the Kobalt Tools 500. Watch as guest host Allison DeMarcus chats with Georgia native Luke Bryan, along with NASCAR drivers Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards. Also on the show, catch a preview from the upcoming episode of CMT CROSSROADS as Jimmy Buffett and Zac Brown Band share the stage for "Margaritaville." Catch all the excitement on CMT TOP 20 COUNTDOWN when it airs Saturday, March 13 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, check out Tim McGraw and Faith Hill as they hit the 82nd Annual Academy Awards to support McGraw’s nominated film, “The Blind Side.” Also on the show, catch up with country star Gretchen Wilson and check out Willie Nelson’s hometown. This all new episode of CMT INSIDER premieres Saturday, March 13 at 1:30 p.m., ET/PT.

TRUE BLUE: TEN YEARS OF BLUE COLLAR COMEDY CMT ORIGINAL PREMIERE
This all-new, one-hour special chronicles the Blue Collar sensation – its origin, personalities, behind-the-scenes players, successes, set-backs, conflicts and triumphs – and reveals why Blue Collar Comedy has become so popular. This CMT original of TRUE BLUE: TEN YEARS OF BLUE COLLAR COMEDY premieres Saturday, March 13 at 8:00 p.m., ET/PT.

BLUE COLLAR COMEDY: TEN YEARS OF FUNNY CMT ORIGINAL PREMIERE
An original reunion special featuring Bill Engvall, Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy together onstage before a live audience, reflecting on their Blue Collar journey and experiences. Taped in Nashville and hosted by Jaime Pressly (“My Name is Earl”), the guys recall their favorite moments from the Blue Collar juggernaut, introduce and joke about their most memorable film clips from the historic Blue Collar tours, and recreate their signature finale where they improvise together onstage. This CMT original of BLUE COLLAR COMEDY: TEN YEARS OF FUNNY premieres Saturday, March 13 at 9:00 p.m., ET/PT.

—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.

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 8:30 p.m., ET/PT.

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