The programme looks to be a Survivor-type show, with a blue-collar twist and is set to run for 10 episodes starting in June.
The release says:
Hosted by WWE superstar Steve Austin, REDNECK ISLAND will take 12 red, white and blue-collared Americans out of their element, and far away from cold beer, for the ultimate redneck-style competition series which debuts Saturday, June 9 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT with a special 2-hour long premiere. Visit CMT.com for a sneak peek at REDNECK ISLAND.
From a remote tropical paradise, Austin will guide the men and women through a number of hilarious mental and physical challenges designed to celebrate the group's strengths and limitations in a quest for $100,000. At the end of each episode, teammates will send one competitor packing.
Per reports, the Austin/CMT relationship is due to continue and flourish, with Austin's production company, Broken Skull Ranch Productions, set to work on and develop other shows in the future with the channel as part of a new deal.
On paper, Redneck Island looks like an interesting show with a funny concept, and the presence of the charismatic and witty Austin will greatly help it stand out from the gaggle of run-of-the-mill reality programmes currently on American TV.
Interestingly, Redneck Island is hardly Austin's first tangle with reality television: alongside Trish Stratus and Booker T, he served as one of the coaches on last year's revival of Tough Enough on the USA Network.
Since retiring from wrestling in 2002, the star has generally kept himself busy, honing his acting skills and appearing in a long list of movies, including Damage, Hunt to Kill, Recoil, The Condemned, Knockout and blockbuster hit The Expendables in addition to his work on television.