It looks like scripted series are taking a backseat at CMT. Deadline reports the network has passed on two new TV shows, Varsity Blues and His Wives & Daughters.
Speaking to Deadline, CMT’s head of development Jayson Dinsmore said they only want to develop scripted shows that are specific to the network’s brand:
[W]e still have several things in the scripted space in development. We are developing both comedies and dramas, the distinction is that they have to be very specific to CMT. I don’t think we have developed anything that could air on another channel.”
In the meantime, CMT is focusing on a new slate of unscripted series:
[W]e are really focused on replenishing the unscripted slate. Our goal for 2018 is to launch launch 3 new additional unscripted series early in the fall. There are a couple of things that resonate with the CMT viewers — those are music-based or have some music element and comedy and escapism. I think we have put both of those into our development slate”
What do you think? Do you watch CMT? Do you wish the network had more scripted content?