CMT has picked up the network’s first-ever animated project, Jayson Dinsmore, executive vice-president of programming and development, announced Wednesday during the network’s annual upfront presentation.
Executive producers Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall and Larry the Cable Guy will voice characters on the series Bounty Hunters, scheduled to debut on CMT in 2013.
Lisa Lampanelli will also be a voice on Bounty Hunters, a hilarious tale about three friends and their two-bit bounty hunting business. The series is a production of Muse Entertainment and Parallel Entertainment.
“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 a 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 Viacom Music and Logo Group president Van Toffler 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.”
So far this year, CMT has launched its two highest-rated series in network history, Bayou Billionaires and My Big Redneck Vacation. The network’s continued success crosses all screens, with original series streaming at an all-time high on CMT.com and triple-digit growth across social media. The network’s biggest show of the year, the annual CMT Music Awards, will air live from Nashville on Wednesday, June 6.