Programming Highlights | March 19-25, 2007

When Ben Brownlow, from Palestine, Texas, was a kid growing up in Texas, he dreamed of one day having his own trucking company with his younger brother, Brad. While working odd jobs to meet that dream, Brad was killed in an oil rig explosion and Ben was devastated to lose his best friend. Ironically, as Ben was the beneficiary on Brad’s life insurance, he now had enough money to buy a truck and start living out his childhood dream. Ben’s feelings toward his truck are bittersweet and it’s fallen into much disrepair. Watch, as the Mafia step in and build him a truck that re-connects him to his brother and his Texas roots. Premieres Friday, March 23 at 8:30 p.m., ET/PT

Harry Joe Hooper, from Whitwell, Tenn., has lived a long and full life. He served as a trucker in the Korean War and then worked as his county’s undertaker for 55 years. Now that he’s retired, he’s starting another chapter of his life: volunteering his time as a truck driver again. With his wife by his side, the two of them drive from city to city with a replica of the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial. When most retirees are getting some well-deserved rest and relaxation, the Hooper’s are bringing an important piece of history to people that would otherwise never get a chance to see it. The Chrome Shop Mafia wants these traveling do-gooders to have a truck that truly represents the service they provide to our country. Premieres Friday, March 23 at 8:00 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 23 at 9:00 p.m., ET/PT

Karaoke-Dokey: Toby Keith (episode 3) - PREMIERE!
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 3 features four contestants who compete in a battle to see who does the best impersonation of country star Toby Keith. These aspiring  Tobys belt it out in front of  a live audience and panel of judges, including Darryl Worley (903 Music Recording Artist), actress and model Ali Landry and Kelli Finglass (DALLAS COWBOYS CHEERLEADERS: MAKING THE TEAM). In the end, only one will win the title of KARAOKE-DOKEY king and earn bragging rights in honky-tonks and karaoke bars across America. Premieres Friday, March 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 produced.

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

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