NEW YORK – April 4, 2012 – CMT has picked up two new series, including the network’s first-ever animated project, it was announced today by Jayson Dinsmore, EVP, Programming and Development, during the network’s annual upfront presentation. Executive producers Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall and Larry the Cable Guy will voice characters on the animated series BOUNTY HUNTERS, scheduled to debut on CMT in 2013. In addition, the 10-episode reality series TRINITY 911 will showcase the real-life hilarity among a small town Texas police force, premiering on CMT later this year.
“We’re in the midst of a bold, new era here at CMT with more record-setting series than ever before,” said Dinsmore. “We just closed our strongest quarter in two years, signed our first animation deal with the Blue Collar Comedy team and announced our newest slate of broad-appeal originals with some of the top producers and talent in the business. It’s a great time to be at CMT.”
Joining Dinsmore onstage in front of small, invitation-only crowd at New York’s Museum of Arts & Design were special guests Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos, executive producers of CMT’s upcoming series CHEER, along with series star and coach, Patty Ann Romero. Top Viacom brass, including Philippe Daumon and Tom Dooley, were among the crowd; along with Van Toffler, President, Viacom Music and Logo Group and CMT President Brian Philips. The event closed with Republic Nashville superstars The Band Perry performing a three-song set that included their Quadruple-platinum #1 smash single, “If I Die Young.”
Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall, Larry the Cable Guy and Lisa Lampanelli together serve as the voices for CMT’s first animated series, BOUNTY HUNTERS, a hilarious tale about three friends and their two-bit bounty hunting business. BOUNTY HUNTERS is a production of Muse Entertainment and Parallel Entertainment.
CMT also takes a look at the on and off-duty antics of the most colorful police department in Texas in the new 10-episode workplace docu-comedy, TRINITY 911. The officers in tiny Trinity, Texas (population 2,656) may not have the world’s highest crime rate to contend with, but keeping their small town safe from danger is a full-time job for this fun-loving crew. TRINITY 911 is produced by Endemol USA.
Produced by Milojo Productions, CHEER goes inside the high stakes, high pressure world of competitive cheerleading with tough-as-nails coach, Patty Ann Romero.