My Big Redneck Vacation, Bayou Billionaires: CMT Orders Second Seasons

My Big Redneck Vacation season twoCable channel CMT has renewed reality shows My Big Redneck Vacation and Bayou Billionaires for second seasons. Both TV shows debuted just last month and have been a big success for CMT on Saturday nights.

Both of the programs are still airing the 10 episodes of their first seasons and are scheduled to conclude on March 24th. The cable channel hasn’t decided how many episodes they want for the second seasons but both My Big Redneck Vacation and Bayou Billionaires will return in June.

Here’s the press release:


The Dowden Family, Tom Arnold and the Clampets Will Return to CMT in June

NASHVILLE – February 23, 2012 – CMT’s new Saturday night series BAYOU BILLIONAIRES and MY BIG REDNECK VACATION have been picked up for second seasons, it was announced today by Jayson Dinsmore, EVP, programming and development, CMT. Both series debuted in January to record-breaking numbers, and have gone on to become the two highest-rated original series in CMT history. The second seasons of BAYOU BILLIONAIRES and MY BIG REDNECK VACATION are scheduled to premiere in June (number of episodes TBD).

“‘Bayou Billionaires’ and ‘My Big Redneck Vacation’ with Tom Arnold have energized Saturday nights on CMT and become runaway hits for the network,” said Dinsmore. “We’ve only begun to scratch the surface with both of these fantastic families and look forward to even more laughs next season from the Bayou and beyond.”

BAYOU BILLIONAIRES tells the story of the hardworking and close-knit Dowden family of Shreveport, La. who recently struck it rich when the fourth largest deposit of natural gas in the United States was found on their property. MY BIG REDNECK VACATION, hosted by Tom Arnold, follows the extended Clampet family as they experience the vacation-of-a-lifetime in the Hamptons. The finales of both series will premiere on Saturday, March 31, beginning at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

BAYOU BILLIONAIRES is produced by Magilla Entertainment. Brian Flanagan, Matt Ostrom, Laura Palumbo Johnson and Brad Johnson serve as executive producers. Eliot Goldberg and Jayson Dinsmore serve as executive producers for CMT.

MY BIG REDNECK VACATION is produced by Pink Sneakers. Kimberly Belcher Cowin, John Ehrhard and Brad Johnson serve as executive producers. Lewis Bogach and Jayson Dinsmore serve as executive producers for CMT.

CMT, a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), is the leading television and digital authority on country music and entertainment, reaching more than 92 million homes in the U.S. CMT and its website,, offer an unparalleled mix of music, news, live concerts and series and is the top resource for country music on demand. The network’s digital platforms include the 24-hour music channel, CMT Pure Country, CMT Mobile and CMT VOD.

What do you think? Have you been watching either My Big Redneck Vacation and Bayou Billionaires? Which is the better show?

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  1. theresa pigg says

    I love both shows but I guess my favorite would be bayou billionaires. They are such a close knit family. They love life and the money hasn’t changed the way they interact as a family. The big red neck vacation just makes me laugh like I haven’t laughed in years.

  2. casey pack says

    I watch both shows and love it. I can relate more to the big redneck vacation , this is how I grew up. I love these people but I would like to know how they are all related.

  3. Brandon elmore says

    I wanna know how the familys got picked and I would love to join them even as an outside redneck coming into there TV family and be on the show with them they remind me of my family they are great

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