CMT Expands Its Lineup, Greenlights Cassadee Pope Project

Country cabler bolsters nonfiction presence with News & Docs division

CMT announced a slew of fresh original programming at its upfront presentation today, including a reality show from “The Voice” winner Cassadee Pope.

Cabler has also forged a News & Docs division that will be dedicated to covering topical stories through CMT’s tonal lens.

“We’re ramping up for what promises to be a monster year for CMT,” said Jayson Dinsmore, exec veep of programming and development at the net. “These new series and initiatives represent a bolder, louder direction for the network, and one that aligns perfectly with our largest initiative to date, the first-time Sunday night premiere of ‘Dog and Beth: On The Hunt.’ ”

Dismore added that the News & Docs division will “tell larger, more in-depth stories from some of the world’s greatest storytellers.”

In addition to the untitled project with Cassadee Pope, CMT has greenlit “The Dirty South” from “Jersey Shore” exec producer SallyAnn Salsano and her 495 Prods., a southern version of the “G.T.L.” ratings hit on MTV; “Hillbillies for Hire” from Leftfield Prods., which centers on a custom prank shop in Polk County, Fla; and “Cops Reloaded,” a best of “Cops” compilation which CMT acquired from Fox and will bow on March 25.

Cabler also offered new seasons to “Redneck Island,” “Swamp Pawn,” “Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team” and “My Big Redneck Vacation.”

Finally, CMT announced numerous shows that it has in the development pipeline. Cabler’s upfront featured pilot presentations for “Methbusters” from Ketchum Labs, which follows a Southern SWAT team as they deal with the dangers of meth trade; competish project “Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Ranch” from Cris Abrego; conflict resolution show “Bad Blood” from ITV; and gun-centric program “Shootout” from Road Games, Inc.

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