CMT's Programming Highlights November 24-30, 2008

11/18/08



TAYLOR SWIFT: CMT INSIDER SPECIAL EDITION - PREMIERE!
Country teen Taylor Swift sat down with CMT INSIDER’s Katie Cook for an in-depth interview on dating, being a role model, her first trip to Nashville and her new album, Fearless. TAYLOR SWIFT: CMT INSIDERS SPECIAL EDITION features this interview with Taylor Swift. Premieres Thursday, November 27 at 10:30 a.m., ET/PT


FAITH HILL, JOY TO THE WORLD: A SOUNDSTAGE SPECIAL EVENT - CMT PREMIERE!
This isn’t just your average Christmas special. Backed by an orchestra led by esteemed conductor David Campbell, Faith Hill performs holiday favorites from her upcoming Christmas album. Joy to the World is a moving collection of standards amped up with challenging vocals and ambitious melodic structure. In this Soundstage special, expect booming orchestral arrangements on the title track “Joy to the World” and swinging, big-band versions of more lighthearted fare such as "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" and "Holly, Jolly Christmas." Along with the orchestra, a choir will accompany Faith on more spiritual songs such as “O Come All Ye Faithful,” “Silent Night,” and “A Baby Changes Everything.” This Soundstage special event was taped over two nights on a stage specially-constructed within the Sears Centre Arena, and in front of an audience of 3,000 people. Premieres Sunday, November 30 at 8:00 p.m., ET/PT


THE 42nd ANNUAL CMA AWARDS - CMT PREMIERE!
Fans get a chance to relive Country Music’s Biggest Night™ when CMT hosts the cable premiere of the “42nd Annual CMA Awards” on Saturday, November 29 at 9:00 p.m. – 12:00 midnight, ET/PT, which aired live from Nashville on ABC last week. It was a night of celebration for country music’s biggest stars as the industry awarded the top achievers in the genre. First-time hosts and reigning Male and Female Vocalists Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood expertly guided the evening with poise and humor. The show included performances by Trace Adkins, Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, The Eagles, Alan Jackson, Kid Rock, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Paisley, George Strait, Sugarland, Taylor Swift, Underwood, Keith Urban, and The Wailers. Rapper Lil Wayne showed up not to rap, but rather to rock out with Kid Rock on “All Summer Long” in perhaps the most unexpected appearance of the night. Premieres Saturday, November 29 at 9:00 p.m., ET/PT and re-airs Sunday, November 30 at 3:00 p.m., ET/PT


HULK HOGAN’S CELEBRITY CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING (episode 7) - PREMIERE!
In CMT’s new series, HULK HOGAN’S CELEBRITY CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING, ten brave celebrities (Danny Bonaduce, Todd Bridges, ButterBean, Trishelle Cannatella, Dustin Diamond, Erin Murphy, Dennis Rodman, Frank Stallone, Tiffany, and Nikki Ziering) come together to learn, train and compete in competitive wrestling while being eliminated one by one each week based on judges' selections and head-to-head matches with one another. The bruised and battered celebrity wrestlers get a visit from Hulk Hogan, who teaches them the move they've been waiting for. Then, the coaches chop them down to size and slam them into shape for the two most exciting matches yet. Another celebrity is sent packing and the wrestlers get even closer to the CCW championship belt. Premieres Saturday, November 29 at 8:00 p.m., ET/PT


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