CMT today announced two new series greenlights: the revival of one of television’s most influential and storied music franchises, “CMT Storytellers,” and a second season of fan-favorite summertime series, “CMT Campfire Sessions,” kicking off with two special episodes headlined by superstar acts Brooks & Dunn and Little Big Town, respectively.
“It’s an honor to be given the reins to reviving one of the most iconic music series of our generation as we bring the Storytellers franchise to CMT for the first time, following an unprecedented 97-episode run on our sister network VH1. A legendary series requires an equally epic kickoff and we’re proud to have Brooks & Dunn, two of our genre’s greatest storytellers, helping mark its momentous return,” shared Margaret Comeaux, Executive Producer and CMT’s Senior Vice President of Production.
“Equally exciting is the return of our homegrown series CMT Campfire Sessions, beloved by artists and fans alike. Our favorite foursome Little Big Town shines bright in the intimate, fireside setting as they help us celebrate an upcoming slate of new must-see summertime jam sessions that mixes new music and greatest hits. Whether around the campfire or in front of a small crowd of devoted fans, both of these series strip the music back to its very core: storytelling,” continued Comeaux.
· “CMT CAMPFIRE SESSIONS: LITTLE BIG TOWN” – Tuesday, April 12th at 8p/7c
Inspired by the much-acclaimed CMT Digital series of the same name, “CMT Campfire Sessions” brings together a star-studded lineup of some of music’s biggest names as they strip down their biggest hits, share new music and swap stories with friends fireside for an intimate night of music. The series debuted in primetime in July 2021, with featured appearances from Brothers Osborne, Kane Brown, Keb’ Mo’, Kelsea Ballerini, Lady A, Miranda Lambert with Jack Ingram & Jon Randall, and Trisha Yearwood. Season Two is set to return Summer 2022; more information including premiere date and full artist lineup to follow.
Production Credits: CMT’s Margaret Comeaux and Taillight TV’s Tom Forrest serve as Executive Producers. Matt Houser serves as Producer. Jackie Barba and Heather D. Graffagnino are Executives in Charge of Production. Leslie Fram is Executive in Charge of Talent; Shanna Strassberg is Talent Producer.
· “CMT STORYTELLERS: BROOKS & DUNN” – Wednesday, April 13th at 8p/7c
“CMT Storytellers” gives fans a front row seat with behind the scenes access to their favorite artists and music. The 1-hour special showcases country superstars as they perform and share never-before-heard stories about how their iconic hits came to be in front of an intimate audience. Legendary duo Brooks & Dunn kicks off the series as they perform their hits including “Neon Moon,” “Red Dirt Road” and “Boot Scootin Boogie” and give an insider’s look at their songwriting process, life in the industry, and their career. The Storytellers franchise originally aired on VH1 from 1996-2015 and quickly became a cultural touchstone, featuring some of the biggest names in music including Garth Brooks, The Chicks, Pearl Jam, Elton John, Ed Sheeran, Bruce Springsteen and Taylor Swift, among others. Additional information on upcoming “CMT Storytellers” to follow. Future episodes to be available on Paramount+.
Production Credits: CMT’s Margaret Comeaux, Switched On Entertainment’s John Hamlin and Ladypants Productions’ Patrizia DiMaria serve as Executive Producers. Jackie Barba and Heather D. Graffagnino are Executives in Charge of Production. Leslie Fram is Executive in Charge of Talent; Shanna Strassberg is Talent Producer. Directed by Lauren Quinn.
Both “CMT Campfire Sessions: Little Big Town” and “CMT Storytellers: Brooks & Dunn” will premiere as part of the brand’s first-ever CMT MUSIC AWARDS WEEK, featuring a week of entirely original programming, kicking off with the 2022 CMT MUSIC AWARDS, broadcasting LIVE from Nashville on Monday, April 11th at 8p/7c on CBS and Paramount+. Additional details on the week-long CMT stunt to be announced soon.
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