CMT is prepared to stay cool this upcoming season with all-new music specials, series premieres and themed programming weeks as part of Six-Pack Summer. The event kicks off with the season three premiere of Redneck Island on Wednesday (June 5), immediately following the 2013 CMT Music Awards .
The Six-Pack Summer lineup is as follows:
Redneck Island 3
— Premieres Wednesday (June 5) at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT
Wrestling hall of famer Steve Austin is back for a rowdier-than-ever third season of Redneck Island. Set in a remote tropical paradise, the series will pit 15 contestants — completely out of their element — against one another in CMT’s ultimate redneck-style competition series for a shot at $100,000. This season, romantic alliances form early among the castaways, and one surprise dismissal will keep the rednecks “politicking” throughout the 10 beer-packed episodes. Redneck Island 3 will premiere in its regular timeslot on Saturdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT beginning June 8.
CMT Crossroads: Willie Nelson and Friends
— Premieres June 23 at 9 p.m. ET/PT
Willie Nelson celebrates his 80th birthday with close friends and fellow musicians in a special episode of CMT Crossroads: Willie Nelson & Friends From Third Man Records. The unforgettable episode will honor the superstar’s milestone birthday as he swaps lyrics on some of his most-loved songs with Sheryl Crow, Jamey Johnson, Norah Jones, Ashley Monroe, Leon Russell and Neil Young. A longtime admirer of Nelson, Jack White hosted the special from his Nashville-based studio, Third Man Records
CMT’s 20 Greatest Redneck Videos
— Premieres June 29 at 10 p.m. ET/PT
In this all-new installment, CMT presents a collection of the most rockin’, crowd-rousing country songs ever recorded. Hosted by Kid Rock, 20 Greatest Redneck Videos features country superstars Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw, Toby Keith and more.
Bounty Hunters — Premieres July 13 at 10 p.m. ET/PT
The network’s first animated comedy stars the voices of Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall and Larry The Cable Guy. In each of the 13 half-hour episodes, the team will do their best to chase down fugitives while trying to please the tough-as-nails bondswoman who throws them cases, voiced by comic Lisa Lampanelli. The guys will have to deal with friends and family like Jeff’s sassy ex-wife and her smarmy new husband (voiced by The Daily Show‘s Samantha Bee and Jason Jones) and the local rednecks like Jesco (voiced by comedy great Dave Thomas). Guest stars lending their voice include Kellie Pickler and Blake Shelton.
Hillbillies for Hire — Premieres July 14 at 9 p.m. ET/PT
This all-new series follows perennial pranksters Jeremiah and his best friend, Big Ox, as they use their backwoods ingenuity to concoct the most outrageous pranks imaginable — all in hopes of turning their incomparable antics into a lucrative business.
CMT Bike Week — Begins Aug. 18
CMT is bringing the annual motorcycle festival best known for its massive nine day superstar concert lineup, week of jaw-dropping stunts and off-the-wall competitions to television when CMT Bike Week premieres the first of multiple specials beginning Aug. 18. Filmed at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s two-week event in Sturgis, S.D., CMT Bike Week will give viewers an in-depth and behind-the-scenes look into the music, culture and camaraderie that make up this popular festival.