CMT pushes fall of reality

The country music net has a few new reality series packed into its fall premieres.

Corus Entertainment’s CMT director of programming Ted Ellis says the fall slate reflects viewers’ interest in ‘fan-fuelled entertainment,’ plus some new spins on the reality genre.

The fall reality series – two Canadian and two from south of the border – include Nashville (pictured), an hour-long music industry docudrama from the makers of Laguna Beach and The Hills, premiering Sunday, Sept 16 at 9 pm; and Cheerleader Nation, an hour-long eight-ep series telling the story of a squad defending their national title in Lexington, Kentucky, bowing Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 8 pm.

The first of eight episodes of CMT’s newest original production, Karaoke Star, will premiere Wednesday, Sept. 5 at 11 pm. The net is also launching a new weekly half-hour celeb-focused video blog, CMT 30 (Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 7:30 pm), on-air and online.

CMT’s special programming for the fall sked includes Crossroads: Kelly Clarkson and Reba McEntire (Saturday, Sept. 15 at 8 pm), Shania: A Life in Eight Albums (Sunday, Sept. 23) and Bon Jovi: Unplugged (Saturday, Sept. 29 at 9 pm), which is followed by a one-on-one interview with Bon Jovi by CMT’s Elissa Lansdell. The 41st annual Country Music Awards, live from Nashville, will air Wednesday, Nov. at 8 pm, with a pre-show red carpet party at 6 pm.

On the net’s list of returning series is Reba (Saturday, Oct. 6 at 9 pm), CMT’s top-rated series. Hope and Faith, Roseanne and Married with Children will round out the net’s two-hour Monday to Friday prime-time comedy block. Season two of The Road Hammers, the unscripted series directed by Jason Priestley that follows a band trying to make in it the US after finding success in Canada, will return with back-to-back eps on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 10 pm. Also returning are the music-themed series Totally, Live at Revival and Chevy Top 20.