CMT announces fall 2007 programming lineup



    
    -   From the creators of Laguna Beach, CMT brings viewers Nashville
    -   CMT's newest original production Karaoke Star finds hidden talents
        across Canada
    -   CMT cheers through the trials and tribulations of Cheerleader Nation
    -   Final season of No. 1-ratings hit Reba airs exclusively on CMT
    -   Country knows no boundaries with CMT Crossroads: Kelly Clarkson/Reba
        McEntire and Bon Jovi: Unplugged
    

    TORONTO, Aug. 23 /CNW/ - Corus Entertainment's CMT announced today
highlights from its 2007 fall schedule. As the home of the best in music and
family entertainment, this fall CMT features a lineup of new series, new
episodes of returning favourites and special programming events.

    "This fall's schedule reflects on our viewers' ongoing interest in
fan-fueled entertainment," said Ted Ellis, Director of Programming, CMT.
"We've got the final season of Reba in our Saturday night comedy block, the
country rock sounds of crossover talents Bon Jovi, Reba and Kelly Clarkson
featured among our special presentations and a slate of programs that offer a
unique spin on the reality genre. And with more rich, interactive
opportunities planned for our audiences this year, CMT will continue to build
on its reputation as an engaged community for viewers with shared interests
and passions."

    In September, weekends get the big event treatment with specials that
include CMT Crossroads: Kelly Clarkson and Reba McEntire on Saturday,
September 15 at 8 p.m., which pairs America's first Idol and a country music
icon, creating an electrifying combined performance. Sunday, September 23
features an evening of back-to-back Shania Twain programs culminating in the
special Shania: A Life in Eight Albums at 8 p.m. On Saturday, September 29 at
9 p.m. CMT airs a 90-minute session of Bon Jovi: Unplugged followed by a
one-on-one interview with Bon Jovi and CMT's Elissa Lansdell.

    CMT's new series Nashville is an hour-long docu-drama set in the biggest
small town in America, chronicling the talent, power, drive, love and hope
that make that city burn bright. From the makers of the hit series Laguna
Beach and The Hills, and featuring a diverse, young cast in a town that can
make or break their futures, this series follows the dreamers and dream-makers
of the music industry, as well as those trying to make their mark in
Nashville's big entertainment business and high society. Nashville premieres
Sunday, September 16 at 9 p.m.

    Hidden Canadian talents are front and centre in CMT's newest original
production Karaoke Star premiering Wednesday, September 5 at 11 p.m. Auditions
take place in six cities across Canada, with viewers and judges, CMT's
Beverley Mahood and Casey Clarke, voting to name the first-ever Karaoke Star
and winner of a $10,000 cash prize. This eight-episode series is hosted by
CMT's Paul McGuire.

    It's all drama and determination in Cheerleader Nation, a new series
coming to CMT straight from Lexington, Kentucky. This hour-long eight episode
series premieres Wednesday, October 3 at 8 p.m. and tells the story of the
Dunbar High School cheerleading squad, who smile and struggle through the
physical exhaustion, drama and parental pressure they endure to defend their
national title.

    The exclusive return of the sixth and last season of the top-rated
program, Reba kicks off CMT's Saturday night comedy block on Saturday, October
6 at 9 p.m. With her usual feistiness and grit, Reba leads her family through
the struggles and successes that every family knows, from smoothing a rocky
marriage to chasing a dream career. Popular series Hope and Faith, Roseanne
and Married with Children return with Reba this fall to round out a two-hour
comedy block that airs in prime time every Monday to Friday night.

    Also coming this fall, CMT audiences can get their gossip fix on-air and
online with the new weekly half-hour video blog, CMT 30. Dishing on everything
from Faith Hill's favourite shoes to the break-up and make-up stories of
country music celebs, the scoops begin Wednesday, October 3 at 7:30 p.m.

    The celebrity watching doesn't stop there, as CMT airs The 41st Annual
CMA Awards live from Nashville, Wednesday, November 7 at 8 p.m. This is
country music's biggest night as the Country Music Association honours the
stellar performers, producers and songwriters that bring heartland music to
the world. Stars like Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood and Rascal Flatts are
just a few of the stars who have rocked the CMA stage. The pre-show red carpet
party starts at 6 p.m.

    Season two of The Road Hammers kicks off with two back-to-back episodes
on Tuesday, September 11 at 10 p.m. An eight-part unscripted series directed
by Jason Priestley, the series follows the band as they try to make it in the
U.S. after hammering the country charts in Canada with their debut album. CMT
also brings back new episodes of popular music-themed series, including
Totally, Live at Revival and Chevy Top 20.

    CMT Canada, available in more than eight million homes, is Canada's
source for country music lifestyle programming. Exploring themes relevant to
country music and country music fans, the network offers an exciting mix of
comedy and dramatic series, movies and country music news, videos, concerts
and specials. CMT's Video Advantage Program, established in 2000, supports the
development and production of original Canadian music videos for emerging
artists. With over 3.3 million impressions each month, the station's website,
www.cmt.ca, is Canada's number one website dedicated to country music.

    CMT is owned by Corus Entertainment, a Canadian-based media and
entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in specialty television and
radio with additional assets in pay television, advertising and digital audio
services, television broadcasting, children's book publishing and children's
animation. The Company's multimedia entertainment brands include YTV,
Treehouse, W Network, Movie Central, Nelvana, Kids Can Press and radio
stations including CKNW, CKOI and Q107. Corus creates engaging branded
entertainment experiences for its audiences across multiple platforms. A
publicly traded company, Corus is listed on the Toronto (CJR.B) and New York
(CJR) exchanges. Experience Corus on the web at www.corusent.com.

    All times ET.

    For an overview of new programming coming to CMT and Corus
Entertainment's other specialty television services, please visit
http://www.corusent.com/2007FallLaunch/index.html. Images can also be found at
http://pressroom.corusent.com.




For further information:

For further information: Sally Tindal, Director, Communications, Corus
Entertainment, (416) 530-5121, sally.tindal@corusent.com or Molly Merrick,
Publicist, Corus Entertainment, (416) 530-2247, molly.merrick@corusent.com


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