Programming Highlights February 25 - March 3, 2008

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 informs the cast that they will record a demo of their country singles which he will review and critique. The group first blows off some steam by participating in an ATV challenge (which ends up being more of a mud fight) and then gets to work laying down their tracks. Country music legend Randy Owen of Alabama, accompanies Rich to the mansion that evening where the two review the cast’s country singles.
Premieres Friday, February 29 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 29 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 REDENCK 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 Kelli and Ron who after 11 years together and a 7-month-old baby girl, have finally decided to tie the knot…at the Demolition Debry! Kelly is going to be wearing her wedding dress as she crashes into Ron, and her Mom is not happy about it, especially since she bought the dress for Kelly. The reception will be held at Hunker Fire Hall where they are expecting 180 guests. Ron, however, has been excessively inviting guests to the reception, even strangers he meets while he is towing cars. Despite the caterer’s concern that there will not be enough food, Kelli and Ron accelerate to crash their way into matrimony, literally!
Premieres Friday, February 29 at 9:00 p.m., ET/PT

Superstar Alan Jackson performs before a small crowd of fans in the CMT special ALAN JACKSON: INVITATION ONLY. A departure from the typical concert special, Jackson performs his biggest hits along with material from his new album in a living room setting before some 100 invited members of the public. Jackson sings well-known hits such as “Gone Country” and “Chattahoochee,” as well as new tunes such as “Small Town Southern Man” and “I Still Like Bologna” from his forthcoming album, “Good Time” which will be released March 4. Jackson also opens up to the crowd, taking personal questions from the audience and delivering revealing and candid answers. Premieres Saturday, March 1 at 9:00 p.m., ET/PT

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