CMT Unveils Its Biggest Summer Programming Slate Ever

Hit Originals Return as Network Ramps Up With New Instant Jam and CMT Crossroads Specials

The return of several hit original series and all-new music specials featuring some of country music’s top acts are on the slate for CMT’s summer programming slate unveiled Wednesday (May 3). CMT’s signature music events and specials will fuel the summer schedule.

After notching its most-watched ceremony to date last year, the 2017 CMT Music Awards hosted by Nashville’s Charles Esten premieres live on June 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Blake Shelton, Brett Eldredge, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert and Thomas Rhett have already been confirmed to perform at the awards show that’s gained a reputation as “the loudest night in country music.” Presenters and additional performers will be revealed in the near future.

Captured live in Las Vegas, Brett Eldredge stars in the latest CMT Instant Jam premiering June 16 at 10 p.m. ET/PT

In addition, CMT will premiere the first-ever ever outdoor CMT Crossroads with Grammy-Award winners Earth Wind & Fire on June 23 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Surrounded by thousands of fans in downtown Nashville, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group will join forces with country stars including Lady Antebellum to perform some of their biggest hits and country smashes. Additional performers will be announced soon.

CMT’s hit scripted series Nashville and Still the King will return with new episodes.

Nashville recently concluded the first half of its season as the highest-rated and most-watched series in CMT history. The midseason premiere is set for June 1 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, along with the digital after-show series NashChat hosted by Amy Brown (The Bobby Bones Show) via CMT’s social channels.

Still the King, the comedy series which reached an average of 3 million weekly viewers during season one, returns for a second season on July 11 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The season begins with Vernon (Billy Ray Cyrus) fresh out of jail and determined to reclaim his position as a country music superstar while being present in the lives of his daughter Charlotte (Madison Iseman) and her mother Debbie (Joey Lauren Adams). Faced with the possibility of being a father to Debbie’s unborn child, Vernon must balance his desires for fame and family.

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