Fall 2002 Highlights: CMT

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CMT Announces Highlights for 2002/2003 Season.
Concerts, Documentaries and Star-studded Specials Dominate Prime Time.

  • elissa Lansdell joins CMT in prime time as host of Chevy Top 20 and CMT Choice
  • New technology enables viewers to influence CMT’s programming lineup
  • CMT and W Network team up for documentary series Impact: Songs That Changed The World
  • CMT airs 150 hours of original productions, including Shania Twain and Blue Rodeo specials


Corus Entertainment’s CMT announced today highlights of its 2002/2003 season. This fall, CMT – Canada’s only 24-hour network dedicated to country, folk, celtic and roots music – delivers an exciting mix of original prime time viewing, dominated by exclusive CMT commissioned shows, star-studded crossover specials, and the most compelling schedule yet of new concert, drama and documentary programming.

The new schedule begins in September. Among the highlights, CMT introduces host ELISSA LANSDELL to its prime time schedule and launches Interactive Access, Canada’s first series of interactive shows that allow viewers to instantly shape CMT’s programming lineup. In addition, CMT debuts Impact: Songs that Changed the World a co-production in partnership with W Network, an exclusive BLUE RODEO music special, and two CMT-commissioned SHANIA TWAIN specials. CMT airs exclusive blockbuster events, including a documentary about the music from the COEN BROTHERS’ O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack and THE DIXIE CHICKS and JAMES TAYLOR are featured together in an upcoming episode of Crossroads, where country stars unite with musicians from other genres in a casual concert setting.

“This season, CMT brings prime time viewing to a whole new level with an extraordinary 400 hours of non-video programming premieres this year, which include 150 hours of original productions exclusive to CMT in Canada,” says Ted Kennedy, Director of Programming, CMT and Edge TV. “From electrifying performances to thought-provoking interviews, CMT’s diverse lineup not only demonstrates the breadth of musical talent performing today, but also reveals the range of music within this genre and its significant impact on our culture.”

This fall, ELISSA LANSDELL joins CMT as host of the network’s prime time shows, CMT Choice with Elissa Lansdell, reporting daily on the latest entertainment news, providing exclusive interviews, introducing CMT’s lineup of signature specials and hosting Chevy Top 20.

CMT takes a giant leap forward with Interactive Access, a series of exclusive shows that allow viewers to directly shape CMT’s programming lineup. Power Trip, the network’s new live video show, airs twice daily and allows viewers to cast their vote for the next video to air by logging on to www.cmtcanada.com. Other interactive shows invite viewers to send in their thoughts and comments for broadcast, including Everyone’s a Critic, Sheet Music and eQuest.

CMT and W Network join forces for a fascinating documentary series about the songs that have left an enduring mark, from Elvis Presley’s Heartbreak Hotel and The Beatles’ I Want to Hold Your Hand, to the Sex Pistols’ Anarchy in the UK and Madonna’s Like a Virgin. Launching in January, 2003, Impact: Songs That Changed The World, is a 14-part documentary series that explores the songs that have come to define our times, that have influenced trends and triggered change in politics and culture.

CMT has commissioned two new specials about Shania Twain in conjunction with her upcoming CD release this fall: The Case for Shania and R-E-S-P-E-C-T. The documentaries combine performances and interviews, providing an insightful look at this country superstar whose influence extends well beyond the music charts. CMT also premieres the exclusive one-hour music special Blue Rodeo: Palace of Gold featuring songs from their upcoming album, with guests SARAH HARMER, RON SEXSMITH and ALAN DOYLE, the lead singer of Great Big Sea. Additional programming includes holiday specials Ghosts of Christmas Past and The Christmas Child. Later in the season, CMT debuts Walking After Midnight.

CMT also premieres blockbuster events throughout the season, such as Down From the Mountain a two-hour documentary directed by NICK DOOB, CHRIS HEGEDUS and D.A. PENNEBAKER
on the making of the Coen Brothers’ O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack. This fall, CMT continues to break new ground with the extraordinary performances by unlikely musical partners in new episodes of Crossroads, including The Dixie Chicks with James Taylor. Other highly anticipated programs include new installments of CMT’s dynamic documentary series, Inside Fame, with Toby Keith, Randy Travis and Johnny Cash. CMT airs the biggest music awards shows of the season, including the Canadian Country Music Awards (CCMA), the Academy of Country Music Awards (ACMA) and the Country Music Awards (CMA), and expands its popular weekend movie block, with new feature films including Tremors, 8 Seconds and This Thing Called Love.

New Host – Elissa Lansdell
Premiere date: September 2002

CMT introduces Elissa Lansdell as host of the network’s weeknight prime time
destinations, CMT Choice with Elissa Lansdell. Lansdell reports daily on the
latest entertainment news, provides exclusive interviews and introduces CMT’s
signature series and specials and hosts Chevy Top 20. As a former producer on
CTV’s The Camilla Scott Show, the news and weather anchor for NewsSixOttawa, and
the entertainment anchor and breakfast show host on Ottawa’s The New RO, Elissa
Lansdell brings extensive broadcast experience to CMT, as well as a throng of
fans who chose her as one of Ottawa’s top 10 personalities.

NEW SERIES ON CMT

Interactive Access
Premiere date: September 2002

CMT takes a giant leap forward with Interactive Access programs, a series of
exclusive shows that allow viewers to directly influence CMT’s programming
lineup by logging on to www.cmtcanada.com. Power Trip, CMT’s new live video
show, airs twice daily and allows viewers to cast their vote for the next video
to air. Other interactive programs invite viewers to send in their thoughts and
comments for broadcast, including Everyone’s a Critic, which displays audience
critiques with each video, Sheet Music, a steamy showcase that pairs viewer’s
love letters with the hottest videos and eQuest, which runs dedications and
special messages scrolling in tandem with the requested video.

CMT Choice with Elissa Lansdell
Premiere date: September 2002

CMT Choice with Elissa Lansdell is the network’s weeknight prime time
destination, packed with the biggest shows, blockbuster hits, biographies,
documentaries and special events. Lansdell introduces CMT’s signature series,
including Crossroads and Inside Fame, and delivers fascinating interviews with
today’s hottest country stars.

Impact: Songs That Changed The World
Premiere date: January 2003

CMT and W Network join forces in a fascinating documentary series about the
songs that have left an enduring mark, from Elvis Presley’s Heartbreak Hotel and
The Beatles’ I Want to Hold Your Hand, to the Sex Pistols’ Anarchy in the UK,
Madonna’s Like a Virgin, and Shania Twain’s Any Man of Mine. Impact: Songs That
Changed The World, is a 14-part documentary series, produced in association with
CMT and W, that explores the songs that have come to define our times, that have
influenced trends and triggered change in politics and culture.

SPECIALS

The Case for Shania and R-E-S-P-E-C-T
Premiere date: November 2002

CMT premieres two new specials about Shania Twain in conjunction with her
upcoming CD release this fall: The Case for Shania and R-E-S-P-E-C-T. The
documentaries combine performances and interviews, providing an insightful look
at this country superstar whose influence extends well beyond the music charts.
From magazine covers to cosmetic ads, from clothing to Northern Ontario tourism,
Twain truly is a phenomenon.

Blue Rodeo: Palace of Gold
Premiere date: October 2002

CMT airs an exclusive one-hour music special Blue Rodeo: Palace of Gold. Filmed
at an 1837 heritage barn in Kendal, Ontario, the special introduces new songs
from their upcoming album, to be released this fall. Special guests include
SARAH HARMER, RON SEXSMITH and ALAN DOYLE, the lead singer of Great Big Sea.

Holiday Specials
Premiere date: November 2002

A perennial favourite for CMT viewers, the network has commissioned two new
holiday specials this season: Ghosts of Christmas Past and The Christmas Child.
The music dramas, which combine intriguing narratives with performances by
Canadian musical talent, offer heart-warming entertainment that casts new light
on the meaning of Christmas.

Walking After Midnight
Premiere date: March 2003

Patsy Cline died in a plane crash in the early 1960s at the top of her career, a
star in both country and pop music. To this day, she is revered as the queen of
country music. This special takes an intimate look at her fascinating career and
the legacy she left behind. Named after one of her biggest hits, CMT debuts
Walking At Midnight during the month of March, to mark the anniversary of her
tragic death.

Down From the Mountain

Premiere date: September 2002

When the COEN BROTHERS needed “old-timey” American roots folk music for their
southern period piece comedy, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, they sought the help
of record producer
T Bone Burnett. The end result was a blockbuster, Grammy-winning mix of
authentic bluegrass musicians and contemporary alternative country stars,
including Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, Gillian Welch, John Hartford, Ralph
Stanley, David Rawlings, and Chris Thomas King. The two-hour special, directed
by NICK DOOB, CHRIS HEGEDUS and D. A. PENNEBAKER, documents the making of this
legendary soundtrack.

NEW EPISODES OF CMT SIGNATURE SERIES

Crossroads
Premiere date: October 2002

THE DIXIE CHICKS and JAMES TAYLOR appear in the next episode of Crossroads,
CMT’s acclaimed monthly series which unites superstar artists from country and
other diverse genres to jam, swap stories and share their common love of music.
Previous episodes of this intimate, hour-long program have featured such guests
as Elvis Costello with Lucinda Williams, Kid Rock with Hank Williams Jr., ZZ Top
with Brooks & Dunn, Elton John with Ryan Adams and Sheryl Crow with Willie
Nelson.

Inside Fame
Premiere date: September 2002

Inside Fame, CMT’s weekly documentary series, takes a revealing look into the
lives of today’s country music stars, including TOBY KEITH, RANDY TRAVIS and
JOHNNY CASH. Celebrities discuss their influences, the music industry, and the
obstacles and lucky breaks on their road to stardom.

Chevy Top 20
Premiere date: September 2002

CMT’s countdown delivers country music’s bright lights and future stars each
week. Hosted by ELISSA LANSDELL, this two-hour program showcases the latest
chart hits, breaking news, industry reports and inside information on the week’s
feature artists.

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