In 1983, Glenn D. Daniels launched CMT, a television channel targeting fans of Country Music. Opryland USA bought the network in 1991, adding it to its roster alongside the similar TNN. By 1993, CMT went international, with a European branch. Viacom bought the two networks in 1997, with TNN eventually transformed into Spike TV.In the beginning, CMT's programming consisting mainly of country music videos and related programming. Much like MTV, albeit to a lesser degree, the network has also changed its focus in the years since. While many of the initial non-music programs were logical choices (reruns of Hee Haw and The Dukes of Hazzard, plus a country-themed revival of The Singing Bee), the network's programming would move further and further away from its country roots over the years ( Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, Married... with Children, etc.).Nonetheless, CMT continues to show videos often enough note that they maintain a fan-voted video countdown show and their own country music awards show. CMT also maintains a sister channel, CMT Music (Originally known as VH-1 Country), which is primarily dedicated to country music videos. Rival network Great American Country is also more video-focused.
Notable Original and First-Run programming:
- Cops Reloaded — A re-edit of past episodes produced for syndication.
- Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team
- Dog & Beth: On The Hunt — A Spiritual Successor to A&E's Dog the Bounty Hunter that ran for three seasons.
- Nashville (Season 5 onward)
- Party Down South — A Spiritual Successor (of sorts) to Jersey Shore created by the same team.
- Still The King — 2016-present sitcom starring Billy Ray Cyrus.
- Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge
- Working Class