CMT's PROGRAMMING HIGHLIGHTS FOR 1/28-2/3

01/22/08



Programming Highlights January 28-February 3, 2008


CMT ONLINE AWARDS NOMINEE SHOW - PREMIERE!
For the second year in a row, CMT.com returns with its whacky, irreverent celebration of Internet excellence when the CMT ONLINE AWARDS debut on CMT.com. Double-platinum recording artist and first bona-fide country star of the MySpace generation, Taylor Swift will host all of the awards festivities from the comforts of her home. But before there can be an awards show, the nominees must be formally announced. The CMT ONLINE AWARDS NOMINEE SHOW features Swift, laptop in hand, announcing the best digital moments of 2007 with original categories including “Not-to-be-Viewed at Work,” “Behind Bars” and “Digitally Active,” along with more conventional categories including “Number One Streamed Video.” Premieres Wednesday, January 30 at 9:00 a.m., ET/PT


GONE COUNTRY (episode 2) - PREMIERE!
Known for pushing the limits of mainstream country music with the genre-bending MuzikMafia, John Rich, of the hit country duo Big & Rich, takes on his biggest challenge yet, taking seven established performers from every realm of the entertainment and music industries and immersing them in all things country for a chance to break out as the next big country superstar. The one who is most successful at crossing-over by the end of the series, will have a country single produced by Rich. The tour bus picked up the seven cast members - Carnie Wilson, Dee Snider, Diana DeGarmo, Julio Iglesias Jr., Maureen McCormick, Sisqo, and lastly, the unlikely country hopeful, Bobby Brown - at different “Music City” landmarks, and now it is time to find out who has truly GONE COUNTRY. Rich schools the group in what he calls “southern hospitality” and asks the cast to host a meal for his MuzikMafia family. The group must shop, prepare and serve the dinner, using John’s grandmother’s recipes, for the Mafia and other guests that night. After dinner, the Mafia challenges the group to perform each of their mainstream hits onstage. Nerves and tensions mount as the contestants test their skills before their first live audience in Nashville. Premieres Friday, February 1 at 8:00 p.m., ET/PT


COUNTRY FRIED HOME VIDEOS (episode 12) - PREMIERE!
Comedian Bill Engvall is back with a new season of COUNTRY FRIED HOME VIDEOS, the series that shows what everyday Americans do for fun and 15 seconds of fame. CMT presents another heaping helping of hilarity with a third season of viewer-generated video moments like seeing the “female fallies” or when a ninety-year-old grandfather gets into the wrestling ring. In each 30-minute episode, the most hilarious video is awarded Engvall’s infamous “Here’s Your Sign” cash prize award. Premieres Friday, February 1 at 8:30 p.m., ET/PT


MY BIG REDNECK WEDDING (episode 4) - PREMIERE!
CMT gives a whole new meaning to “for better or for worse” in the new eight-episode series MY BIG REDNECK WEDDING. After scouring the country to find the most down-home country couples, CMT documents their journey down the aisle, as outrageous and over-the-top as it might be, in this new series. Each episode, hosted by Tom Arnold, features a different “redneck” wedding, each with its own rustic eccentricities, whether it is a four-legged best man, a romantic beer can canopy, a celebratory shotgun salute or a reception filled with mattress surfing and mud wrestling. This week’s episode features Christy and Kevin of Lithia, Fla. Christy is a vet tech that has never met a stray animal that she didn't bring home. Kevin's first love is hog hunting, followed by his love for his hunting dogs. These two camo-wearing lovebirds are planning the ultimate redneck wedding, complete with an ATV processional, mattress surfing and mud wrestling. But with Christy's sister, Sherri, insisting on a more traditional wedding, the country couple may have to overcome some roadblocks before they can take their 4-wheeler down the road to wedded bliss. Premieres Friday, February 1 at 9:00 p.m., ET/PT


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