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[03/15/11 - 12:07 PM]
CMT Announces Newly-Created Television Movie Division "CMT Original Movies"
Ricky Schroder, Laura Bell Bundy and LeAnn Rimes will topline the first two projects, "To The Mat" and "Reel Love."

[via press release from CMT]

CMT ANNOUNCES NEWLY-CREATED TELEVISION MOVIE DIVISION "CMT ORIGINAL MOVIES"

Ricky Schroder, Laura Bell Bundy and LeAnn Rimes to Star in First Two Films to Premiere Late Summer on CMT

NASHVILLE - March 15, 2011 - CMT is adding made-for-television movies to its development and programming slate with the creation of the CMT ORIGINAL MOVIES franchise, it was announced today by Mary Beth Cunin, SVP, Programming, CMT. This newly-formed division will roll out television movies for the network focusing primarily on romantic comedies, in addition to music-based films.

The first two movies, to be released later this summer, include "To The Mat," (working title) starring Ricky Schroder ("24," "NYPD Blue") and Laura Bell Bundy ("Legally Blonde: The Musical", "How I Met Your Mother," Universal Nashville recording artist); and "Reel Love," starring Grammy Award-winning country artist and actress LeAnn Rimes. Both films will be produced by Entertainment One Television.

"We've had great ratings success programming with acquired theatrical romantic comedies", said Mary Beth Cunin, Senior VP of Programming Strategy, "so it is only natural for us to create original stories that are tailor made for the CMT audience."

Written by C. Jay Cox ("Sweet Home Alabama"), "To The Mat," starring Ricky Schroder and Laura Bell Bundy, tells the story of a laid-back ex-wrestler (Schroder) who's trying to keep his family's down-and-out southern wrestling school above water. When his mother hires an uptight Wall Street consultant from New York (Bell Bundy) to help get the books in order, these two opposites must find a way to get along and save the family business. Directed by Rob Iscove ("She's All That"), "To The Mat" is currently in production and is set to premiere in August on CMT.

"Reel Love" stars LeAnn Rimes as a successful, big city girl who returns to her small town roots after a family emergency. Rimes' character then embarks on a soulful, comedic journey to reconnect with family and friends and find meaningful romance along the way. Written by Sharon Weil Aaron and directed by Brian K. Roberts ("Everyone Loves Raymond"), "Reel Love" is set to begin production in late April and will premiere in September on CMT.

CMT ORIGINAL MOVIES was created in the wake of the success of CMT FILMS, which produced and distributed films from 2005-2010. CMT FILMS was afull-service film studio, that used innovative distribution methods including theatrical and network premieres to distribute the films before premiering them on CMT and releasing them for DVD sales. Films included "Broken Bridges" (Toby Keith, Kelly Preston), "Beer For My Horses" (Toby Keith, Rodney Carrington), and the Emmy-nominated "Dale," about the life of NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt and "Petty Blue," a documentary of NASCAR's royal racing family.

"To The Mat" is an Entertainment One Television production being filmed in British Columbia. John Morayniss, Noreen Halpern, Margaret O'Brien and Ira Pincus are Executive Producers for Entertainment One Television. Lisa Silfen, Robin Palmer, Lewis Bogach and Mary Beth Cunin serve as Executive Producers for CMT. "Reel Love" is also an Entertainment One Television production and is being filmed in Ontario.

CMT, a unit of Viacom's MTV Networks (NYSE: VIA and VIA.B), is the leading television and digital authority on country music and entertainment, reaching more than 91 million homes in the U.S. CMT and its website, CMT.com, offer an unparalleled mix of music, news, live concerts and series and is the top resource for country music on demand. The network's digital platforms include the 24-hour music channel, CMT Pure Country, CMT Mobile and CMT VOD.





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· 24 (FOX)
· EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND (CBS)
· HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER (CBS)
· NYPD BLUE (ABC)
· REEL LOVE (CMT)
· TO THE MAT (CMT)











[03/04/15 - 03:03 PM]
Nickelodeon Renews Two Live-Action Hits "Bella and the Bulldogs" and "The Thundermans"
Year-to-date, "Bella and the Bulldogs" is the number-one show on Nickelodeon with premieres averaging two million total viewers.

[03/04/15 - 01:43 PM]
Taryn Manning, Raymond Cruz, Samantha Droke, Katie Sarife, Pam Grier and Joe Morton Star in the Lifetime(R) Original Movie "Cleveland Abduction" Premiering April 25
The film explores the true story of Michelle Knight, a 21-year-old single mom whose life was irrevocably changed by a chance encounter with an unsuspected criminal.

[03/04/15 - 12:39 PM]
Adventure Junkies Take Off-the-Beaten Path and Brave Nature's Extreme Elements in Animal Planet's "100 Miles from Nowhere"
Beginning Sunday, April 5, weekend adventurer Matt Galland and his adrenaline-fueled best buddies Danny Bryson and Blake Josephson venture to some of the most untouched pockets of the planet where cameras - let alone people - rarely have gone.

[03/04/15 - 11:38 AM]
National Geographic Channel and Acclaimed Actor Kal Penn Explore the Hidden Ways Information, Data and Maps Provide Insight Into the World Around Us... And Our Daily Lives
"The Big Picture with Kal Penn" launches Monday, March 30 at 9:00/8:00c on the network.

[03/04/15 - 11:30 AM]
Starz Releases New, Darker Key Art for Continuation of "Outlander" Season One
The series returns with the remaining eight episodes from season one beginning on Saturday, April 4 at 9:00/8:00c.

[03/04/15 - 11:10 AM]
Eight New Episodes to Be Presented Over Four Days of "Tune in 4 What?!" Programming Event, March 26-29 on Disney Channel
Each episode in the "Tune In 4 What?!" event will be available to verified viewers on WATCH Disney Channel the morning of its premiere.

[03/04/15 - 10:15 AM]
TNT Extends "Cold Justice" with Additional Spring & Summer Episodes, Plus Two New Justice Served Specials Hosted by John Walsh
The show's winter finale is set for March 6, with the spring episodes slated to launch April 10.

[03/04/15 - 10:01 AM]
From Rainn Wilson's Production Company SoulPancake, "Impress Me" Set To Make Exclusive Television Premiere Wednesday, March 18 on Pop
The scripted comedy centers on celebrity impressionists Ross Marquand and Jim Meskimen who are trying to quit doing impressions and transition into serious, dramatic actors.

[03/04/15 - 09:18 AM]
Netflix and Leonardo DiCaprio to Partner on Upcoming Documentary Projects
Netflix and DiCaprio will work together to identify and develop potential fact-based projects, with a particular focus on environmental and conservation themes, including original documentaries and docu-series as well as acquired existing projects.

[03/04/15 - 09:04 AM]
ABC Entertainment and Marvel Television Launch "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Double Agent" on MarvelsDoubleAgent.com, ABC.com and the WATCH ABC App
The five-part original web series follows the actions of a newly hired production assistant who is actually working as a double agent on behalf of an unknown enemy known only as The Mastermind.

[03/04/15 - 09:02 AM]
TV One to Premiere Original Film "Hear No Evil" Starring Jahnee Wallace, Jill Marie Jones, Richard T. Jones and Jackie Long
Russ Parr, from Up To Parr Productions, serves as the Director and Screenwriter.

[03/04/15 - 08:50 AM]
NBC Dominates the Night, "Voice" Delivers Its Second-Most-Watched Tuesday Ever
NBC spins the numbers for Tuesday, March 3.

[03/04/15 - 08:37 AM]
Tuesday's Broadcast Ratings: "The Voice," "Chicago Fire" Claim Top Spots
The latter gets a boost from a two-hour edition of the former.

[03/04/15 - 07:32 AM]
ESPNU Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary Today
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[03/04/15 - 07:31 AM]
ESPN, NHL & NHLPA Reach Agreement for 2016 World Cup
The World Cup will take place at Toronto's Air Canada Centre from September 17 - October 1, 2016 and will culminate with a best-of-three final.