Well here’s a little something I didn’t see coming. CMT announced plans today that they will join forces with Ryan Seacrest Productions for a brand-new reality television series. The working title for the new 8-episode series, which will air in April, is “Melissa And Tye: A New Reality.” Starring in the show will be actress Melissa Rycroft who will be moving to Los Angeles from Texas to pursue her Hollywood dreams.
EVP of Development and Programming Jayson Dismore says:
“America has fallen in love with Melissa Rycroft, but she has been in the homes of CMT viewers since her time on ‘Dallas Cowboys Making the Team.’ We are excited to have her back on CMT as she gives us access to her new role as wife, mother and someone who is now in the glare of the Hollywood spotlight.”
Ryan Seacrest, who will be serving as executive producer on the series, is pretty excited about his new adventure with CMT.
“Melissa has had an interesting life journey – from having her heartbroken to marriage and motherhood – that we believe many people will relate to. I’ve had a chance to work with her, and I think everyone will appreciate her tenacity and spirit as she pursues her Hollywood dream. She’s bound to have some ups and downs, and we’re hoping audiences will want to tag along for the ride.”
The series will follow Melissa and her new husband Tye Strickland as they struggle to make a long-distance relationship work for themselves and their children.
Lauren Alaina fans have been waiting for this moment for quite a few weeks now! At 8a.m. ET/PT, CMT will debut Lauren Alaina’s new music video, “Georgia Peaches.” The video will be part of a 15-minute behind-the-scenes special including footage from the video shoot and an interview with Lauren.
You can catch Lauren Alaina out on tour with Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan starting in January! The first stop will be on January 20th in Greenville, SC.
CMT Artists of the Year 2011 will air tomorrow night, December 13th at 9/8c. Hosted by Rob Lowe, the 90-minute special will honor five country music superstars – Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley, and Taylor Swift. The event will include performances by the honorees themselves as well as some of their fellow artists such as Gavin DeGraw, The All-American Rejects, Joe Walsh and The Avett Brothers. There will also be live and video appearances by musical and celebrity friends including Miranda Lambert, Kelly Clarkson, Sara Evans, Faith Hill, Ellen DeGeneres, Matthew McConaughey, Lionel Richie, William Shatner, Jeff Gordon, New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton, and former St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa.
It should be a great show. Set your DVRs!
Meanwhile, check out some previews from the event.
Lady Antebellum performing “Dancin’ Away With My Heart”:
Gavin DeGraw performing Kenny Chesney’s hit, “Somewhere With You”:
Wanna catch the stars of CMT’s new reality show “Texas Women”? Then listen up!
Ali, Anna, Brooke, and Hannah will be hanging out at legendary Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge in Downtown Nashville on Tuesday, August 16th. The show will start up at 10PM CST and Ali will take the stage to perform during the hour.
You can catch “Texas Women” on CMT tonight at 10PM CST.
Luke Bryan and CMT have announced the tour dates for the “CMT: On Tour: Luke Bryan Tailgates & Tanlines” tour this fall. This is the tenth edition of the CMT: On Tour, which featured Miranda Lambert last year. The 22-show tour will kick off in Huntington, WV on September 15th at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena and will end in Monroe, LA on November 19th. The first on-sale date for the tour is set for August 12th, with more dates to be announced.
The tour will feature special guests Lee Brice, Josh Thompson and CMT’s Next Superstar winner Matt Mason.
We have the full list of tour dates under the “read more” button. Are you planning on going to any?
Jason Aldean is the latest artist added to CMT’s Invitation Only performance series. The brand new episode will air July 29th at 10 pm EST on CMT. Aldean’s performance was filmed in a Nashville studio in front of a live audience. In addition to his performance, he answered questions from fans which will also be aired on the special.
Aldean performed “Amarillo Sky,”“Hicktown,” “Why,” and “Crazytown” and “My Kinda Party” along with his other hits. Questions he answered including what music he listens to before he goes onstage, what other artists he’d love to work with after Kelly Clarkson and Ludacris, and a few others.
CMT: Invitation Only is a special that allows fans to get up close and personal with their favorite artists in a live studio. Past artists with their own specials include Keith Urban, Darius Rucker, Carrie Underwood, Reba, Rascal Flatts, Brooks and Dunn, Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith, Tim McGraw, Alan Jackson and Miranda Lambert.
CMT along with Big Machine and Republic Nashville have released the Crossroads performance between Martina McBride and Train to DVD. The live DVD will have seven full performances of the pair from the television special, as well as extended interviews and two never-before-seen performances between the rock group and country superstar.
The show, taped in a Nashville studio last year, will go on sale today. It debuted on CMT last November.
Small town boy or a guy from a big city? That’s the choice Devin Grissom is going to have to make in CMT’s new reality television series “Sweet Home Alabama.” She’s a University of Alabama public relations major that needs that extra help to find the love she’s been looking for. CMT rounded up 20 men from different backgrounds, (half from small towns and the other half from big cities), and will get her pick from the bunch of them. It’s the bachelorette – country style.
The men have been flown in to Alabama from all over the country, including New York, Los Angeles, and Mississippi, among other states. If you think it’s just another “Bachelor” dating show copycat, you’re wrong. In an interview with Country Weekly, Devin explains the difference between “Sweet Home Alabama” and “The Bachelor.”
“First, they wanted to make sure that I was completely comfortable. They didn’t ask me to do anything I was not comfortable with. Plus, when I had to reject a guy, I would sit down with him on the show and talk with him and explain why I made the decision I did.”
The show debuts on CMT on Thursday, July 14th at 9 pm EST.
CMT will air a brand-new reality television show on July 14th at 10 pm ET/ 9 pm CT. “Texas Women” follows the lives of four young Forth Worth-area women through rodeos, barbeques, and honky tonks. The four women: Ali Dee, Brooke Jeter, Anna Hunt and Hannah Helvey will bring the audience through their day-to-day lives as Texas girls.
The always entertaining Laura Bell Bundy will serve as host to CMT’s Video of the Year special on June 4th at 2 pm EST. The one-hour special will feature the ten nominees for the CMT Awards Video of the Year with commentary from Bundy.
The highlights include Jason Aldean’s “My Kinda Party,” Kenny Chesney’s “The Boys Of Fall,” and Miranda Lambert’s “The House That Built Me.”
Fans can vote the Video of the Year award at CMT.com during the broadcast of the CMT awards on June 8th live from Nashville, Tennessee.