CMT has picked up two new series, including the network’s first-ever animated project, it was announced today by Jayson Dinsmore, EVP, Programming and Development, during the network’s annual upfront presentation. Executive producers Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall and Larry the Cable Guy will voice characters on the animated series BOUNTY HUNTERS, scheduled to debut on CMT in 2013. In addition, the 10-episode reality series TRINITY 911 will showcase the real-life hilarity among a small town Texas police force, premiering on CMT later this year.
“We’re in the midst of a bold, new era here at CMT with more record-setting series than ever before,” said Dinsmore. “We just closed our strongest quarter in two years, signed our first animation deal with the Blue Collar Comedy team and announced our newest slate of broad-appeal originals with some of the top producers and talent in the business. It’s a great time to be at CMT.”
Joining Dinsmore onstage in front of small, invitation-only crowd at New York’s Museum of Arts & Design were special guests Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos, executive producers of CMT’s upcoming series CHEER, along with series star and coach, Patty Ann Romero. Top Viacom brass, including Philippe Daumon and Tom Dooley, were among the crowd; along with Van Toffler, President, Viacom Music and Logo Group and CMT President Brian Philips. The event closed with Republic Nashville superstars The Band Perry performing a three-song set that included their Quadruple-platinum #1 Smash single, “If I Die Young.”