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CMT Sets ‘Nashville,’ ‘Million Dollar Quartet’ Premiere Dates

CMT has ordered a new scripted pilot, His Wives & Daughters, as part of its scripted lineup that will feature the Jan. 5 season five debut of Nashville and the March premiere of freshman drama Million Dollar Quartet, said network officials.

The comedy pilot, His Wives & Daughters, centers on the exploits of the wives and daughters of larger-than-life country music legend Eddie Ray Banks. The pilot is created and produced by Dina Chapman and Steve Sessions, with Jayson Dinsmore and Julia Silverton as executive producers for CMT, said network officials.

His Wives & Daughters along with Nashville -- which CMT acquired earlier this year after it was cancelled by ABC after four seasons -- and Million Dollar Quartet join sophomore comedy series Still The King as part of the network’s scripted lineup, according to network officials. Last month the network renewed the Billy Ray Cyrus-starrer for a second season.

Related: CMT's Jayson Dinsmore discusses the network's scripted series strategy (VIDEO)

“After a promising start with Still the King, we now have a clear path in attracting new audiences with our scripted programming,” said Jayson Dinsmore, CMT’s head of development in a statement. “Beginning with Nashville in January, each series will help launch the next; creating an overlay to cycle viewers through our originals year round.”

R. Thomas Umstead
R. Thomas Umstead

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.