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Nashville on CMT: Charles Esten Talks The Music-Centric Soap’s New Network Home

Nashies never give up. When ABC announced it would not renew its music-centric drama Nashville, fans of the Callie-Khouri-created nighttime soap took matters into their own hands. “I knew that we weren’t done telling these stories or singing these songs,” says Charles “Chip” Esten, who plays Deacon Claybourne, longtime bandmate and brand-new husband of country superstar turned business mogul Rayna Jaymes (Connie Britton). “I have been doing this a long time and understand that nothing’s a given, so I’ve tried to live every single season, every single episode and day here as fully as I can. The love that fans […]


I Love Kellie Pickler Season 2: The Bubbly Country Music Star Returns To CMT

With her Southern charm and fun-loving personality, it is no surprise that former American Idol and Dancing With the Stars sweetheart Kellie Pickler has captured the hearts of viewers in CMT’s I Love Kellie Pickler. Her adorable relationship with husband Kyle Jacobs, also a musician, along with her tightknit bonds with close friends, gives viewers a very personal and endearing look into the bubbly star’s life and sets the show apart from drama-laden reality television. While Season 1 was filled with crazy escapades, Pickler tells us that “Season 2 will blow Season 1 out of the water.” Viewers will see […]

Billy Ray Cyrus in Still the King

Pitstop in Louisiana led Billy Ray Cyrus to Still the King

Johnny Cash was onto something in 1992 when he wrote Billy Ray Cyrus a letter of encouragement. Cash praised him for crediting God for his success and made comparisons between him and Elvis. Sure seems serendipitous as Cyrus starts the next chapter in his TV career. Now almost 25 years later, Cyrus stars as Vernon, a washed-up country star who stumbles into the role of a preacher and an Elvis impersonator in CMT’s new comedy Still the King, debuting on CMT Sunday, June 12 at 9pmET. Cyrus reflects a lot on what Cash told him. “I look back at that […]


Nashville Will Be Back With a New Season on CMT

In another example of fans saving a beloved TV show, the country music drama series Nashville, recently axed by ABC, will be back with a new season on CMT following an outcry from viewers. “CMT heard the fans. The wave of love and appreciation they have unleashed for Nashville has been overwhelming,” said Brian Philips, President of CMT. “Nashville is a perfect addition to our evolving line-up of big music specials, documentaries, and original series. We see our fans and ourselves in this show and we will treasure it like no other network. Nashville belongs on CMT.” A consistent favorite of […]

Party Down South
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Party Down South Clip: Walt and Daddy “Poof Themselves”

It’s the beginning of the end for CMT’s alcohol-soaked smash, Party Down South. Last week’s Season 5 premiere marked the start of the show’s final season and every time I think about the end of the gang’s good times, Semisonic’s “Closing Time” plays in my mind. Tonight, Tiffany and Lauren share devastating news about fiancée, Santana with Lyle. And in an attempt to woo a woman into bed, Walt plays some sweet, out-of-tune tunes on his guitar. Also, Daddy brings the wrong girl home from the bar. And check out this 😂clip of Walt and Daddy honoring Murray… This season, after […]


Dog the Bounty Hunter on the New York prison escape: “Everybody I know has called me and said, ‘Dog, when we leaving?’”

Come July 18, fans of CMT’s bounty-hunting hit Dog and Beth: On the Hunt will get to see Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman and his fugitive-chasing crew back out the trail of some of the nation’s most elusive bad guys (and girls). In the meantime, “The Dog” has been making the rounds as a sought-after commentator on the hunt for Richard Matt and David Sweat who escaped from the maximum-security Clinton Correctional Facility on June 6 and are still on the lam. Watch the latest video at <a href=””></a> We talked candidly with Chapman about the situation — and about […]

Josh Wolf

Comedian Josh Wolf Talks About His Late Night Talk Show on CMT

CMT is giving you a great reason to stay up late; tonight is the premiere of The Josh Wolf Show. Comedian Josh Wolf, who is known for his recurring role on Chelsea Lately and host of Shark After Dark, and the Naked and Afraid after show Naked After Dark, will examine pop culture through his self-deprecating but overwhelmingly positive lens. The series airs four nights a week (Thursday through Sunday) beginning Thursday, June 11 at 11:00 – 11:30 p.m. ET/PT. Wolf and I had a chat about his new gig and he’s bringing his easy to talk to energy and […]

Pontoon Payday

Oh Bouy! Drunken Trivia on CMT’s “Pontoon Payday”

CMT is setting sail with the premiere of Pontoon Payday, the first-ever game show on a boat. A boat? Yes, a boat. And thankfully, most of Pontoon Paydays’ contestants come with personal safety devices in the form of inflated egos, pumped up muscles, or buoyant bosoms, and everyone is protected by a healthy dose of alcohol. In the hot and hilarious new series, unsuspecting lake-goers are plucked from their party boats to compete on the floating game show hosted by comedian Frank Nicotero (Street Smarts). If the buzzed boaters can answer trivia questions correctly, they win quick cash. But if […]