CMT Kicks Off 2015 With College Football Special

Cops Reloaded Marathon, My Big Redneck Family Also in January

For the first time in CMT’s history, country music joins forces with college football with a live concert special.

Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum, Big & Rich and Brett Eldredge are confirmed for CMT Ultimate Kickoff Party Live From the College Football Playoff National Championship. The 90-minute special will air live from Dallas on Jan. 9 at 9 p.m. ET. The special is the official kickoff entertainment event at the national championship playoff weekend.

In addition, CMT viewers can start the New Year with a bang by tuning into special New Year’s Day programming, including an action-packed 10-hour Cops Reloaded marathon, beginning at 11 a.m. ET/PT on Jan. 1, which will be hosted by the cast of Party Down South 2.

The Clampet family returns to CMT when a second season of My Big Redneck Family premieres Jan. 17 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, but fans can catch a glimpse of the second season early when an exclusive sneak peek airs Jan. 1 at 11 p.m. ET/PT.

This season, America’s favorite redneck family is back for another season in their hometown of Shreveport, La. Hosted by Tom Arnold, CMT follows this lovable gang as they face more parenting problems, marital misadventures and questionable career moves than ever before. From Jared’s money-making entrepreneurial endeavors, to Doug’s experiences as a recently-single man, and Chris’ adjustments to Christian’s shocking surprises, this season is unlike any other. To top it off, the family decides to take a special two-week vacation to the Bahamas.

The toughest competition series on TV, Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge, returns for a second season of ass-kicking on Jan. 4 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CMT. Each week, eight elite athletes, along with everyday men and women, will battle against each other and the elements in mentally and physically grueling challenges. In the end, only one man or woman will earn the right to take on the Skullbuster, a harrowing obstacle course designed by wrestling icon Steve Austin himself. The Skullbuster returns harder-than-before, with extreme challenges designed to break down even the strongest of athletes.

Party Down South 2 episodes continue on Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT, followed by new episodes of Redneck Island season four at 10 p.m. ET/PT.