COUNTRY STARS GET SCHOOLED ON NEW EPISODES OF “ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A 5TH GRADER?” BEGINNING MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 ON CMT

08/26/09

Artists Big Kenny, Bucky Covington, Jack Ingram, Heidi Newfield and Emily West Play For Charity as Part of “Country Music Week” on CMT Series

NASHVILLE – August 26, 2009 – CMT invites country music stars to take on 5th graders for a good cause when the popular series ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A 5TH GRADER? launches with a special country music-themed week, beginning Monday, September 21 at 8:00 - 8:30 p.m., ET/PT. Hosted by Jeff Foxworthy, country stars Big Kenny, Bucky Covington, Jack Ingram, Heidi Newfield and Emily West tackle subjects ranging from geography to social studies in each half-hour episode to benefit their charity of choice.

The official “Country Music Week” line-up for ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A 5TH GRADER? is as follows:
•   Monday, 9/21 – Big Kenny (benefits Love Everybody)
•   Tuesday, 9/22 – Heidi Newfield (benefits National MS Society)
•   Wednesday, 9/23 – Bucky Covington (benefits the Arthritis Foundation)
•   Thursday, 9/24 – Jack Ingram (benefits Tom’s Shoes)
•   Friday, 9/25 – Emily West (benefits the Alzheimer Foundation of America)

From Mark Burnett Productions, Jeff Foxworthy hosts this new, fast-paced half-hour syndicated version of 5TH GRADER that measures adults' lack of knowledge – as revealed by how much they've forgotten since grammar school. Grownups find themselves in a classroom setting, revisiting their youth, as they tackle subjects they were taught years ago ranging from art to geography and math to social studies. In ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A 5TH GRADER?, however, the players are not alone and there is a way for contestants to "cheat" in this classroom. The adults have the opportunity to get some help – in the form of elementary advice from real 5th graders who always seem to know more than the contestants. The series will air weeknights on CMT (check CMT.com for schedule information).

Artwork of each participating artist on the set of 5TH GRADER is available at CMT's press-only Web site www.cmtpress.com.

CMT, a unit of Viacom’s MTV Networks (NYSE: VIA and VIA.B), is the leading television and digital authority on country music and entertainment, reaching more than 88 million homes in the U.S. CMT and its website, CMT.com, offer an unparalleled mix of music, news, live concerts and series and is the top resource for country music on demand. The network’s digital platforms include the 24-hour music channel, CMT Pure Country, CMT Mobile and CMT VOD.

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