Billy Ray Cyrus and Kellie Pickler Lined Up for TV Gigs
The network announced the shows Thursday (April 2) during a presentation in New York City, when they revealed an expanded schedule that includes five new shows, as well as a NASCAR event and returning favorites such as Party Down South, Party Down South 2 and Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge.
Pickler will star in a reality show tentatively titled I Love Kellie Pickler, which will follow the singer's marriage to hit Nashville songwriter Kyle Jacobs. Pickler is a veteran of reality TV, having shot to fame after competing on American Idol and also won a season of Dancing With the Stars. The show will focus on her winning personality, homespun wit and Southern charm, and the notion that opposites attract. That series is slated to premiere in September.
Cyrus will star in Still the King, in which he will portray "Burnin'" Vernon Brown, a washed-up one hit wonder who is driven out of country music after a scandal and turns up 20 years later as the second-best Elvis impersonator in Laughlin, Nev. The series kicks off with Brown crashing into a country church outside of Nashville during a drunken bender and receiving community service, whereupon he pretends to be the congregation's new minister and finds out that he has a 15-year-old daughter.
The show will be produced by Hideout Pictures, a division of Average Joes Entertainment. Average Joes CEO Shannon Houchins, Hideout's Potsy Ponciroli and Travis Nicholson will executive produce the show along with Cyrus, who will also serve as a writer. Still the King is tentatively slated to premiere next year.
CMT has also announced its first-ever nightly talk show, the Josh Wolf Show, starring comedian Josh Wolf and produced by Chelsea Handler. The network has also green-lighted the Ed Bassmaster Show, which stars YouTube phenomenon Ed Bassmaster, Gainesville, a coming-of-age docu-series from the award-winning producers of Brick City, and American Speed: The True Story of NASCAR, a limited series event narrated by Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
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