Programming Highlights | February 19-25, 2007

CMT unites two award-winning musicians – Bruce Hornsby and Ricky Skaggs –for the newest episode of the critically-acclaimed series CMT CROSSROADS in CMT CROSSROADS: BRUCE HORNSBY & RICKY SKAGGS. Incidentally, Hornsby and Skaggs have just completed work on a new album together, slated for release March 20, 2007 via SonyBMG/Legacy. CMT CROSSROADS pairs country music stars with popular artists from other genres—pop, rock, R&B—to play together, swap stories, and share their common love of music. Recent episodes of CROSSROADS have included Lindsey Buckingham and Little Big Town; Steve Earle and Rosanne Cash; Bonnie Raitt and Lyle Lovett; Lionel Richie and Kenny Rogers; Bon Jovi and Sugarland; and John Fogerty and Keith Urban. Premieres Saturday, February 24 at 9:00 p.m., ET/PT

Boot camp is over and now the city slickers must head out on the trail for a two-day arduous ride to gather cattle and bring them back to the ranch. They cross difficult terrain, fight the elements and in one disaster after another the slickers struggle to move the cattle across the Platt River and back to the ranch. Once they finally get back to the ranch, they find out their workday is far from over. Now they must catch the calves and brand them. Everyone tries their guts out to prove they are worthy of escaping the final elimination and making it to the next day’s rodeo. Premieres Friday, February 23 at 8:00 p.m., ET/PT

Years ago, Ken England, from Inkon, Idaho, owned and ran a diner with his wife, Denise. When severe fibrostic cysts put her in the hospital, Ken was forced to sell the diner and take up trucking full time. Recently, tragedy struck the England family again as doctors found a cyst growing on the brain of their eldest son, Matt. Ken now drives with the burden of two people’s medical bills on his shoulders, and he could use some good news. The England family is in for a blast from the past as the Mafia transforms their Kenworth T2000 into a classic 50’s diner. Premieres Friday, February 23 at 8:30 p.m., ET/PT

What makes a home video “country fried”? It could be a belly flopping contest in a mud puddle; shot gun bowling in the backyard; or even the age old favorite, bobbing for trout. Comedian Bill Engvall hosts the second season of COUNTRY FRIED HOME VIDEOS, the series that shows what everyday Americans do for fun and 15 seconds of fame. The half-hour episodes each have one video awarded with Engvall’s infamous “Here’s Your Sign” cash prize at the end of each show. Premieres Friday, February 23 at 9:00 p.m., ET/PT

Hosted by comedic actress Melissa Peterman (“Reba”), CMT COMEDY STAGE is CMT’s first foray into stand-up comedy featuring rising stars, as well as popular comedic favorites. Each 30-minute episode of this initial four episode run features a line-up of three or four of these uproarious comedians who each perform a set before a live audience. CMT COMEDY STAGE taped before a live audience at the historic Belcourt Theatre in Nashville in January. This week’s episode features Robert Hawkins, Trish Suhr and Killer Beaz. Premieres Friday, February 23 at 9:30 p.m., ET/PT

Any network can air music videos, but CMT takes video viewing to a whole new level with CMT’s VIDEO JOINT, a weekday, one-hour music block featuring an innovative new twist on video favorites using the latest technology to add renewed interest. Each weekday, VIDEO JOINT will feature two of the following half-hour programs:

CMT Kicks - CMT KICKS captures people who love to dance and show off their moves along with their favorite country music videos. Using green screen technology, CMT KICKS pairs them side by side with some of their favorite stars and dance partners.

Video Detective - Before Carrie Underwood picks up a baseball bat in another video, she may want to consult VIDEO DETECTIVE, a show that reveals crime facts, stats and other worthwhile bits of text in graphic boxes as they relate to the video being shown.

Fair Warning - From Shania’s belly-baring shirts to Rascal Flatt’s most baring bottom, FAIR WARNING gives fans time to prepare for the action as it counts down to the most-loved video moments.

Video by Design - VIDEO BY DESIGN takes a tongue-in-cheek look at the fashion and design sensibilities in today’s country music videos, revealing behind-the-scenes insights from the hottest music video directors and designers.

Video by Numbers - VIDEO BY NUMBERS takes a skewed look at the math behind the music – exploring your favorite videos from every angle with amazing facts, hard numbers and silly trivia.

Class of - CLASS OF takes us on a fun stroll down memory lane, revealing interesting tidbits about the year that video was

Episodes air Monday-Friday at 2:00 p.m., ET/PT

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