Programming Highlights February 11- 17, 2008

CMT CROSSROADS: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss - PREMIERE!
Led Zeppelin front-man and legendary rocker, Robert Plant and bluegrass superstar Alison Krauss perform their own classics as well as songs from their new album, Raising Sand in the next all-new episode of CMT CROSSROADS: ROBERT PLAND AND ALISON KRAUSS. Plant and Krauss were recently nominated for a GRAMMY® in the category of “Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals” for the song "Gone Gone Gone (Done Moved On)" from Raising Sand. Together, Plant and Krauss combine his rock intensity with her angelic grace for a phenomenal episode of CMT CROSSROADS. The two music icons perform songs from their new album, including "Please Read the Letter" and "Rich Woman." The pair performed Alison Krauss and Union Station’s “The Boy Who Wouldn’t Hoe Corn,” as well as Led Zeppelin classics “Black Dog” and “When the Levee Breaks.”  The pair also pays homage to The Everly Brothers with their version of “Gone Gone Gone (Done Moved On).” Special guest, T Bone Burnett, acclaimed songwriter, performer and Raising Sand producer, joins in the onstage collaboration. Premieres Monday, February 11 at 8:00 p.m., ET/PT

For the second year in a row, returns with its whacky, irreverent celebration of Internet excellence when the CMT ONLINE AWARDS debuts for the first time ever on television. 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. Presenters and special guests of the CMT ONLINE AWARDS include Rodney Carrington, Jason Michael Carroll, Bucky Covington, Jennifer Hanson, Shooter Jennings, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Dolly Parton, Kellie Pickler, Blake Shelton and Josh Turner. New country group Lady Antebellum also serve as house band for the special. The CMT ONLINE AWARDS honors 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.” The CMT ONLINE AWARDS will award content with the most online traffic during 2007 at Each winner will be presented with the Mouse Award, a unique hand-painted gold computer mouse mounted inside a genuine mason jar. Premieres Tuesday, February 12 at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT

Known for pushing the limits of mainstream country music with the genre-bending Muzik Mafia, 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. This week Rich advises the cast that there is more to “going country” than donning a cowboy hat and playing a guitar; it’s also about helping out your fellow neighbor.  The group is challenged to raise money by hosting a charity car wash for the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. After the car wash, the cast travels to the hospital to meet the children whom they have worked to help, and one special story steals their hearts.  Upon returning to the house, the group unwinds and comes together for an impromptu group therapy session.  Premieres Friday, February 15 at 8:00 p.m., ET/PT

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

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 Tami and Brad of Puyallup, Wash., who are getting hitched with rain, mud, guns, quads and plenty of beer guzzling fun. The only problem is, Brad’s mom doesn’t like it one bit.  She is a wedding planner and was hoping her son would get married the old-fashioned way – in a church with flowers, dresses and class.  With mom changing the couple’s plans and Brad procrastinating with the wedding site preparations, this tomboy bride is getting nervous. Premieres Friday, February 15 at 9:00 p.m., ET/PT

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