Country Music Television, or CMT, used to be known for its country music videos, but now it’s best known for shows like “CMT Crossroads” and off-network syndicated programs like “Reba” and “America’s Funniest Home Videos.” Now, CMT will premiere its brand-new original comedy series “Still The King,” starring Billy Ray Cyrus this summer.
“Still The King” follows Cyrus as “Burnin’ Vernon,” a scandal-ridden country music star who emerges from the ashes twenty years after the height of his career as an Elvis impersonator. After drunkenly crashing his car into an old country church outside of Nashville, he’s sentenced to return and serve as the church’s handyman as part of his parole. Along the way, he pretends to be the congregation’s new minister and discovers that he has a 15-year-old daughter he’s never met. Other cast members include Joey Lauren Adams (“Chasing Amy”), Madison Iseman (“Laid in America”), Leslie David Barker (“The Office”), Lacey Chabert (“Mean Girls”), Kevin Farley (“Waterboy”), and more. Watch a behind-the-scenes clip from the show above and see Erik Estrada punch out Cyrus’ “Burnin’ Vernon.”
Aside from his country music career, Cyrus has made many appearances in film and television. Some of these include David Lynch’s “Mulholland Dr.,” “Sharknado 2: The Second One,” “Newsreaders,” “Hannah Montana,” and more. “Still The King” is set to premiere on June 12th at 9pm Eastern only on CMT.