PRESS RELEASE: RFD-TV Announces New Programming and Series Premieres

From Classic Country Music with Jimmy Dean and the Grand Ole Opry to Cast Iron Cooking and Equine Shows, It’s a Brand New Look for RFD-TV’s Programming Lineup

(NASHVILLE, TENN. — January 2nd, 2016) RFD-TV, cable television’s only network dedicated to agribusiness and rural Americans, recently announced a new lineup of premieres and returning seasons beginning in January. The new schedule boasts returning classic TV gems not seen in decades, including the popular variety series “The Jimmy Dean Show” which has been lovingly restored over the past three years. “Opry Encore” is a new series that showcases country performances from the late 90’s on the famed Nashville stage, Stan Hitchcock is back with never before seen episodes of “Heart to Heart Classics,” and “The Joey+Rory Show” returns with a new retrospective episode that includes interviews with Rory, Wynn Varble, Rory’s sister Marcy Gary, Bradley Walker, and Gabe McCauley. In addition, there are new seasons of popular series such as “The Final Spin,” “Steve Lantvit Horsemanship,” “Cookin’ Outdoors,” “Red Steagall West of Wall Street,” “Horse Master with Julie Goodnight,” and the ever popular “Larry’s Country Diner.”

“We’re continually working to freshen up our schedule with great content,” said Jeremiah Davis, RFD-TV’s VP of programming. “Rural Americans are loyal viewers of RFD-TV, and we’re confident they’ll love the new roster of 2017 shows as much as we do.”

New programming premieres include:

The Jimmy Dean Show
Premieres Sunday, Jan. 1st at 7:00 p.m. ET (encores on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. and Fridays at 10:00 p.m. ET)
Go back to a time when names such as Buck Owns, Hank Williams Jr., Roy Clark, and George Jones had yet to fall into the category of Legend a couple of newbies named Jim Henson and Frank Oz operated a future Muppet, and co-host, Rowlf the Dog. Considered cultural yeast due to the fact many unknown guests would go on to become icons in their own field. “The Jimmy Dean Show” is a fun-filled, family-oriented musical romp from the mid-1960s, Tune in and experience “The Jimmy Dean Show”, right here on RFD-TV.

Opry Encore
Premieres Sunday, Jan. 1st at 9:00 p.m. ET (encores on Fridays at 6:00 p.m. and Saturdays at 9:00 p.m. ET)
There is one institution in country music that rises above all; one stage that every artist dreams of performing on. This is, of course, none other than The Grand Ole Opry. RFD-TV has finally secured episodes to air on Sunday night! We are very excited to have the opportunity to bring you episodes from the most recognizable stage in The United States.

Heart to Heart Classics
Premieres Friday, Jan. 6th at 2:00 p.m. ET (encores on Fridays at 6:30 a.m. ET)
Stan Hitchcock draws upon his musical heritage in this 30-minute conversation show where he sits with the stars and legends of country, gospel, western, and bluegrass to talk and play the music that has shaped their lives.

Returning new seasons include:

Red Steagall West of Wall Street
Premieres Monday, Jan. 2nd, 2017 (airs Mondays at 9:30 p.m. and 1:30 a.m. ET).
Singer, songwriter, poet, author, cowboy and TV-show host – “Red Steagall Is Somewhere West of Wall Street,” is simply the most recent addition to this Renaissance cowboy’s long list of noteworthy accomplishments. “My quarter horse, Grey Dog, and I are off to explore the people, places, and stories of the American West”, said Steagall. “We will discover the horses and the history of ranches like the 6666s Ranch, Pitchfork Ranch, Waggoner Ranch, JA Ranch, King Ranch; just to name a few. We will visit museums that present and perpetuate the image and lifestyle of the American West.”

Steve Lantvit Horsemanship
Premieres Thursday, Jan. 5th, 2017 (airs Thursdays at 3:00 and 11:00 p.m. ET).
Renowned award-winning equine clinician, Steve Lantvit, has a fresh and innovative approach to training individuals and horses. Lantvit’s foundation is derived from the practical application of top level performance and skills funneled into a philosophy that allows all riders to succeed on the trail or in the show pen. This philosophy is centered around building a rider’s confidence and providing riders with the ability to control the range in which their horses operate, creates a safe and more controlled environment which then opens up the door to better learning for both horse and rider. Steve’s approach enables all riders at any level to harness the confidence that is essential in all aspects of riding, inspiring a transition which will provide both horse and rider the necessary skills to “ride for real.”

Larry’s Country Diner
Premieres Thursday, Jan. 12th, 2017 (airs Thursdays at 8:00 p.m. and Saturdays at 11:00 p.m. ET).
The popular cast of this unique variety show returns with new episodes and toe tappin’ musical guests that include Texas-based singer, songwriter Jeannie Seely, SiriusXM Satellite Radio host, Dallas Wayne, Exile, and Bradley Walker.

Horse Master with Julie Goodnight
Premieres Monday, Jan. 16th, 2017 (airs Mondays at 2:00 and 10:00 p.m. ET).
2017 marks the 10th year on the air for “Horse Master with Julie Goodnight.” This season, the “horse master” is back with more tips and tricks that highlight Goodnight’s training as a classical rider and an easy-to-understand teacher. Goodnight uses her seasoned equine skills to solve a variety of challenges including helping a roper shave seconds off his time, assisting a Western Dressage rider to boost her scores, easing a fearful rider, teaching manners to a Shetland Pony, and helping a deaf polo pony learn hand signals.

Cookin’ Outdoors with Johnny Nix
Premieres Monday, Jan. 22nd, 2017 (airs Mondays at 4:00 p.m. ET)
There’s just something about a campfire that invites you in. Each week the folksy Alabama native delights foodies with his southern charm and culinary skills, guiding viewers through the process of cooking everything outdoors. Whether it’s peach cobbler or a bacon-wrapped stuffed turkey breast, it’s all cooked right over a campfire. Nix has been perfecting his open fire cooking techniques for more than 25 years, which began when he and his wife Wanda started camping and trail riding with their horses. It’s the cast iron lover’s dream show chock full of recipes, cooking techniques and topped off with his signature phrase “Y’all eat yet?”

Schedule Changes:

  • “Trains and Locomotives” will now start at 5:30 p.m. ET on Mondays.
  • “Hee Haw” now has a second airing on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. ET.
  • “Virginia Farming” will move to Tuesdays at 4:00 p.m. ET.
    “National Tractor Pulling Association” is moving to prime time, now on Tuesday nights at 9:30 p.m. ET.
  • “Bluegrass and Backroads” moves to Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m. ET.
  • “Quilt in a Day” moves to Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. ET.
  • “America’s Heartland” and “California Bountiful” will now air on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. ET.
  • “The Horse Show w/ Rick Lamb” is now back on Thursdays at 2:30 p.m. ET.
  • “Farmweek” now airs on Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. ET.
  • “The Penny Gilley Show” moves to Fridays at 3:30 p.m. ET.
  • “Nashville on the Road” now airs on Fridays at 2:30 p.m. ET.
  • “The Porter Wagoner Show” moves to Fridays at 4:00 p.m. ET.
  • “The Dailey & Vincent Show” moves to Fridays at 7:30 p.m. ET.
  • “Cumberland Highlanders” now airs on Fridays at 6:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. ET.
  • “Midwest Country” has moved back one hour on Sundays at 6:00 p.m. ET.

*Note all changes take effect December 31st

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