via press release:
ROB RIGGLE TO HOST
‘CMT’S ULTIMATE KICKOFF PARTY,’
PREMIERING FRIDAY, JANUARY 9 AT 9 P.M. ET ONLY ON CMT
More than 100 iHeartMedia Country Stations Across the Country
to Broadcast the Live 90-Minute CMT Special
Singer-Songwriter Aloe Blacc will Perform and
Jessie James Decker to be Social Correspondent for CMT
NASHVILLE – January 5, 2015 – With just one week to go until the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship, CMT is gearing up for its first ever CMT ULTIMATE KICKOFF PARTY LIVE FROM THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP, a live television special premiering on Friday, January 9 at 9:00 p.m. ET. The 90-minute special will not only air live on CMT, but it will also broadcast on 119 iHeartMedia country stations across the country, which are also available on iHeartRadio. Actor/comedian Rob Riggle (“Dumb & Dumber To,” “22 Jump Street,” “Fox NFL Sunday”) will host the concert which has a star studded lineup including Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum, Big & Rich, Brett Eldredge, Jake Owen, Maddie & Tae and Thomas Rhett. Singer-Songwriter Aloe Blacc will join Lady Antebellum for an unforgettable performance and Jessie James Decker (“Redneck Island”) will be CMT’s social correspondent for the event.
The concert celebrates the biggest weekend of the year for college football and will be broadcast from the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas. The television special marks a first-time partnership with CMT and College Football Playoff and is the kickoff entertainment event at the national championship playoff weekend.
Actor/Comedian/Writer/Producer/Director Rob Riggle has been a staple in comedic films for over 15 years. Most recently, Riggle co-starred with Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels in Universal Pictures’ Dumb & Dumber To, the sequel to the 1994 comedy classic, Dumb & Dumber. He also starred in Twentieth Century Fox’s buddy comedy, Let’s Be Cops, with Damon Wayans Jr. and Jake Johnson, as well as Sony Picture’s hit comedies 21 Jump Street and 22 Jump Street, opposite Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum. While establishing his place on the big screen, Riggle has also remained a mainstay in television. He is currently a host on Fox NFL Sunday, the number one NFL pre-game show, and was also seen on Adult Swim’s NTSF:SD:SUV::as “President of the Navy.” Riggle hosted the 2012 ESPY Awards and his other television credits include “30 Rock,” “The Office,” “Arrested Development,” “Modern Family” and “New Girl.” Riggle is known for his memorable characters in comedy hits like The Hangover, and he is also known for his four year stint as a correspondent on the multiple Emmy Award-winning show, “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.”
The inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship is on January 12, 2015, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
John Hamlin and Margaret Comeaux are executive producers for CMT and Amy Lin Johnson is producer.