Programming Highlights | March 12-18, 2007

Country music legend, John Anderson and MuzikMafia’s modern country rockers, Big & Rich, unite to perform their biggest hits and favorite songs in CMT CROSS COUNTRY. CMT CROSS COUNTRY: JOHN ANDERSON AND BIG & RICH features songs performed by both artists, including “Seminole Wind,” “Save A Horse (Ride A Cowbooy),” “Swingin’” and “8th of November.” The one-hour special also includes behind the scenes footage and interviews with John Anderson, John Rich and Big Kenny. The rich tradition of country music is showcased in the CMT performance series, CMT CROSS COUNTRY, where two country music artists share their music and discover the country roots they have in common. Other CMT CROSS COUNTRY episodes have featured Randy Travis with Josh Turner and Vince Gill with Alison Krauss. Premieres Saturday, March 17 at 9:00 p.m., ET/PT

Five years ago, Rudy Briscoe, from Altus, Okla., was dealt a terrible blow; his youngest son, Brian, was diagnosed with cancer. At the time, Rudy and his family spent part of the year working in the harvesting business, and Rudy devoted the rest of the year to trucking. With the medical bills piling up due to chemo and surgeries, Rudy had to take on trucking full time. For two years, Brian’s cancer went into remission, and the Briscoe’s thought they were getting their lives back on track. Then, the unthinkable happened; Brian’s cancer came back. Now, as his eight year old son faces his toughest battle yet, Rudy works himself into the ground so Brian can get the best care possible. Tune in, as the Chrome Shop Mafia give father and son a truck based on their love of classic cars. Premieres Friday, March 16 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. Each half-hour episode has one video awarded with Engvall’s infamous “Here’s Your Sign” cash prize at the end of each show. Premieres Friday, March 16 at 9:00 p.m., ET/PT

CMT presents the new series, KARAOKE-DOKEY, a celebration of people who love country music. Hosted by Lance Smith (CMT TOP 20 COUNTDOWN) and Charla (CMT LOADED) KARAOKE-DOKEY episode 2 features four contestants who compete in a battle to see who does the best impersonation of country diva Shania Twain. These aspiring Shanias belt it out in front of a live audience and panel of judges, including comedienne Etta May (CMT COMEDY STAGE), Danielle Peck (Big Machine Recording Artist) and Hazel Smith (SOUTHERN FRIED FLICKS). In the end, only one will win the title of Karaoke-Dokey queen and earn bragging rights in honky-tonks and karaoke bars across America.

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 produced.

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

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