“HEE HAW” RETURNS TO TELEVISION AS CMT PRESENTS A MARATHON WEEKEND OF THE CLASSIC TELEVISION SERIES BEGINNING SATURDAY, JULY 29 THROUGH SUNDAY, JULY 30

07/17/06

Episodes Include Performances By George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Willie Nelson, Conway Twitty, Hank Williams, Jr.,
Garth Brooks, George Strait and Reba McEntire


NASHVILLE – July 17, 2006 – The classic country comedy HEE HAW makes its triumphant return to television for the first time in almost ten years when CMT presents CMT HEE HAW WEEKEND, beginning Saturday, July 29 at 5:00 p.m., ET/PT. Each of the seven episodes features some of country music’s biggest stars, and range from the series inception in 1969 through its end in 1991. These episodes, as well as additional episodes of HEE HAW, will air throughout the month of August on CMT.

The CMT HEE HAW WEEKEND will air as follows:

Saturday, July 29
5:00 p.m. Special guests: George Strait and the Statler Brothers
6:00 p.m. Special guests: George Jones and Tammy Wynette
7:00 p.m. Special guests: Hank Williams, Jr. and Connie Smith
8:00 p.m. Special guests: Reba McEntire and Lyle Lovett
9:00 p.m. Special guests: Garth Brooks and Suzy Bogguss
10:00 p.m. Special guests: Willie Nelson and Jim Stafford
11:00 p.m. Special guests: Conway Twitty and John Anderson
12:00 a.m. Special guests: George Jones and Tammy Wynette
1:00 a.m. Special guests: Willie Nelson and Jim Stafford

Sunday, July 30
3:00 p.m. Special guests: George Strait and the Statler Brothers
4:00 p.m. Special guests: George Jones and Tammy Wynette
5:00 p.m. Special guests: Hank Williams, Jr. and Connie Smith
6:00 p.m. Special guests: Reba McEntire and Lyle Lovett
7:00 p.m. Special guests: Garth Brooks and Suzy Bogguss
8:00 p.m. Special guests: Willie Nelson and Jim Stafford
9:00 p.m. Special guests: Conway Twitty and John Anderson

One of the most popular and longest running variety shows in the history of television, HEE HAW is as iconic as its longtime co-hosts, Buck Owens and Roy Clark. From the infamous cornfield jokes to the donkey’s wild lines, HEE HAW solidified its place in American culture, reveling in its southern twang and humor. Recently selling over 1.1 million DVDs, HEE HAW remains a hit with viewers worldwide.

During its 28-year run, HEE HAW served as a premiere showcase for major country artists, including Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Conway Twitty, Tammy Wynette, Charley Pride and Johnny Cash, as well as featuring such superstars as Alabama, Reba McEntire and Garth Brooks early in their careers.

The HEE HAW television series debuted on CBS on June 15, 1969 and ran weekly for more than 20 years. By 1977, HEE HAW was the nation's No.1-rated, non-network show and it ultimately became one of the longest-running syndicated TV shows in history with more than 585 one-hour shows produced. HEE HAW reached 90 percent of U.S. households and was seen on 220 television stations at its height.

CMT, America’s No. 1 country music network, carries original programming, specials, and live concerts and events, as well as a mix of videos by established country music artists and new cutting-edge acts, including world premiere exclusive videos. Founded March 6, 1983, CMT, owned and operated by MTV Networks, reaches 82.8 million households in the United States. Go to country music’s biggest web site at www.CMT.com.

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