CMT Inks Development Deal With Steve Austin for New Reality Competition Series 'Redneck Island'.

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May 7th, 2012

via press release:


            LOS ANGELES – May 7, 2012 – CMT has inked a development deal with actor and former WWE superstar Steve Austin, tapping him as host of a new 10-episode series REDNECK ISLAND, it was announced today by Jayson Dinsmore, EVP, Programming and Development, CMT.  Produced by 51 Minds Entertainment, REDNECK ISLAND takes 12 red, white and blue-collared Americans out of the South – and far away from cold beer – dropping them in a tropical paradise where they will compete for $100,000.  The redneck-style competition series will debut in June, paired with a second season of CMT’s hit series MY BIG REDNECK VACATION.  As part of his development deal, Austin will look to produce additional series for CMT with his production company, Broken Skull Ranch Productions.

            “Steve Austin is a true creative powerhouse, both in front of, and behind the camera, and we’re happy to be in business with him,” said Dinsmore. “In our first project together, he’ll serve as host to the ultimate competition reality series on ‘Redneck Island,’ where he’ll oversee a cast of characters who attempt to survive hilarious and unpredictable challenges in unique redneck fashion.”

            “I am thrilled to join the CMT family and for the opportunity to work with them on future projects,” added Austin.  “I’m also excited to work with the great folks at 51 Minds Entertainment on REDNECK ISLAND.  If there’s one thing I know, it’s how to keep a bunch of rednecks in line.  And that’s the bottom line!”

            REDNECK ISLAND begins with 12 men and women competing as teams in a fight for $100,000 cash.  From a remote location, Austin will guide the contestants through a number of hilarious mental and physical challenges designed to celebrate the group’s strengths and limitations.  At the end of each episode, teammates will send one competitor packing.

  • Restless

    Oh goodie, more delightfully offensive and stereotypical reality. I’ll probably watch. :P

  • JohnnyRico

    I don’t watch CMT ever but this looks like it might be fun.

  • Brad

    So since networks (CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX, CW) are literally plummeting in the ratings, why don’t they look for new programming? There just isn’t anything creative on network television anymore. I’m a daytime soap fan and I feel that at a time when primetime on the big three is dropping each and every season, why would they alienate millions of loyal soap operas viewers? It just dosen’t seem like smart business to me. Also, because of the lack of creativity many people are turning to cable. In most cases cable has better quality than network television. And a word of advice to the networks….WHEN YOUR PRIMETIME LINEUPS ARE STRUGGLING TO SURVIVE, DO NOT DESTROY YOUR DAYPART BY CANCELLING THE SOAP OPERAS AND LOSING MILLIONS OF FIERCELY LOYAL VIEWERS!

  • KJ Styles

    SMH, I would have rather have seen Stone Cold do another season of Tough Enough than this redneck Survivor crap.

  • SalaciousCrumb

    If youve ever brought a beer to a job interview….u may be a redneck.

  • Survivor Fan

    It will fufill my Summer Survivor Craving (hopefully).

  • Yvette

    yeah, my friend will be one of the rednecks competing…..hope she brings home the cash for one hell of a redneck party in the woods…LOL
    Good Luck Chicken !!!! Dumplin and the family miss ya.

  • psychic

    …Redneck Island?
    Thank goodness…the world needs this.

  • scott h

    Is CBS going to sue them too?

  • Nancy M.

    Teri I hope you are doing a good job make us proud!! Our Redneck QUEEN!!!!

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