TNN will resume operations as a country music and lifestyle network in late summer 2012 through a partnership between Luken Communications and Jim Owens Entertainment. Lorianne Crook and Charlie Chase, whose television and radio shows are produced by Jim Owens Entertainment, joined execs from the companies in Las Vegas at the 2012 NAB Show to make the announcement.
The network will return to broadcast television through exclusive network affiliates. Programming will combine digitally restored classic content pulled from the vaults in Nashville with contemporary shows. The lineup will include Memories of the Grand Ole Opry, Crook & Chase, Celebrity Kitchen, The Country Vibe, Music City Tonight and Larry’s Country Diner.
The Nashville Network is a sister network to Luken Communications’ Retro Television® (RTV), My Family TV, TUFF TV, PBJ, MyCarTV and Frost Great Outdoors. Luken Communications offers diverse, family friendly programming on its networks reaching approximately 80 percent of all U.S. households via a blend of over-the-air, cable and satellite television.
TNN, originally launched in 1983 as a cable network featuring country music programming, was sold in 2000 and subsequently changed its name and programming to target a different demographic.