Seven new unscripted series will be premiering on CMT in 2014, network executives announced Wednesday (Dec. 18). The schedule also includes the premiere of the previously-announced Party Down South on Jan. 16 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
The seven new series scheduled for production and premiere in 2014 include: My Big Redneck Family, Tattoo Titans, Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Ranch, Death Valley, FNA USA, Tobacco Wars and My Dysfunctional Family.
Additionally, Dog and Beth: On the Hunt , the highest-rated CMT series this past year, has been renewed for 11 one-hour episodes. Guntucky has been renewed for eight one-hour episodes. Both series are expected to run in the second quarter of 2014.
My Big Redneck Family, premiering Jan. 18 for 13 half-hour episodes, marks the return of the Clampet family. This time, they’ll be hanging out in their hometown of Shreveport, La. The comedy follows the family’s everyday routines and parenting misadventures. From Jared’s awkward introduction to the world of temporary employment, to Doug’s relentless pursuit of intimacy with Wendy, it’s clear that the vacation is over, but their real life comedy has just begun.
Tattoo Titans , television’s first ever self-contained tattoo competition series, inks up in early 2014 when four of the country’s best tattoo artists face off each week for a chance at $10,000 in cold hard cash. Three rounds, 10 hours, no compromises. Which artist can sling the best ink to take down the rest of the competition? The series will premiere in February for eight one-hour episodes.
Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Ranch, premiering in June for 10 one-hour episodes, is described as the “ultimate badass competition show” as Austin brings eight elite athletes to his Broken Skull Ranch in Texas to test their strength, stamina and endurance. In each episode, contestants go head-to-head until the last man standing earns the right to take on the toughest obstacle course in America, the “Skullbuster,” and the chance to win $10,000.
Death Valley, a new docu-series, follows five residents in the California desert who brave the elements — and the perils of a lawless environment — in order to live their lives on their own terms. It premieres in the summer/fall of 2014 with eight one-hour episodes.
FNA USA counts down the Top 20 riotous reasons America is the most badass, Olympic medal-winning, dictator-toppling, hot dog-eating superpower in the world. Based on the premise that Americans work hard and play harder than anyone else, FNA USA celebrates everything from six-packed babes to six packs of beer. It premieres in April with six one-hour episodes.
Tobacco Wars is set in the high-stakes world of Kentucky’s dark fire tobacco industry, following the families of two fifth-generation tobacco men. In dark fire country, carefully guarded farming know-how and family traditions are passed down, and freedom is as essential as the air they breathe. It’s a high-stress world, but these folks blow off steam with ease, living their country life to the fullest with endless wagering and outrageous country-boy hijinks. Five one-hour episodes premiere in the spring/summer of 2014.
My Dysfunctional Family centers on commando-turned-family-fixer Dave Vitalli, who pulls no punches as he comes to the aid of teenagers and parents in distress. Armed with lie detectors and years of experience navigating his way through warzones, Dave’s presence provides a wakeup call for the badly-behaving teens. Mom and Dad beware, however, as his no-holds-barred approach will put their behavior under as much scrutiny as their teen’s. No wonder Vitalli is dubbed the “Teen Whisperer.”
In 2013, CMT launched more original shows than ever before, including such current series as Orange County Choppers , a second season of Swamp Pawn , a fourth season of Sweet Home Alabama and the previously-announced Win, Lose or Pawn , a game show premiering this month.