Dukes Stuck in Late CMT Schedule

Summer is giving way to autumn, but the change in the air has failed to touch CMT programming. The Dukes of Hazzard still holds the tough timeslot of 1:00 a.m. and 2:00 a.m.  Eastern time.  We contacted CMT a month ago and asked if the Dukes had any chance of a better air time. CMT’s programming director declined to comment.  Until further notice, the Dukes are stuck.

So, set your TiVo or cable recording device as needed, and enjoy these episodes:

Thurs Sept 8th: “People’s Choice”  1:00 a.m. Eastern,  and “Arrest Jesse Duke” at 2:00 a.m. Eastern

Friday Sept 9th: “The Duke of Duke” 1:00 a.m. Eastern, and “The Runaway” at 2:00 a.m. Eastern

Fun stuff to note: “The Duke of Duke” has Daisy falling for someone that she believes to be her third cousin.  While that isn’t genetically close enough to be scandalous, you can’t help but think back to the first Dukes of Hazzard episode “One-Armed Bandits”  where Bo says he’d marry Daisy if she wasn’t his cousin, and she says that “it never stopped anyone in this family before.”  

And it apparently wouldn’t stop Daisy, except that this third cousin has a dirty little secret.  Watch to see what it is. For those of you who think Daisy is even more beautiful when she’s angry, you’ll love the ending of this one.

The episode “The Runaway” is famous for the demise of Daisy’s car, which goes out in an epic blaze of glory.  Once again, Daisy is angry. Very angry.  As in, chasing her cousins with a fry pan, angry.  Who hasn’t seen this kind of thing in their own family at least once? 

Check your local cable listings and watch The Dukes of Hazzard on CMT!

Happy Birthday Rosco!

Yes, another birthday! July 26 marks the 85th birthday of James Best, known to Dukes of Hazzard fans the world over as Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane. In addition to delighting us as Rosco since 1979, Jimmie is also a reknown actor, director, screenwriter, painter,  fisherman, animal lover, poet, military veteran, teacher, mentor, online gamer, and all-around cuss.

If you had told Jimmie in 1979, that in 2011, he’d still be dressing up as Rosco and going “khee khee khee” to amuse people, or be autographing yet another General Lee, or greeting fans by the thousands at Dukes of Hazzard events…he’d probably have said you were crazy. Out of your mind. 

After all, James Best has nearly 300 film credits to his name through his roles in movies and television. He has co-starred with Hollywood legends like Paul Newman, Jimmy Stewart, Burt Reynolds, and Jerry Lewis.  He has taught motion picture technique to scores of successful actors.  He remains active in film making, starring in the sequel to the cult classic Killer Shrews.  

Why then, would the role of Rosco P. Coltrane remain so prominent?

Because The Dukes of Hazzard itself would remain an international sensation, with a fan base that continues to grow with every syndicated re-run of the series. From airing on CBS, to TNN, to CMT, to home release on DVD’s, to references in pop culture, The Dukes of Hazzard is as popular today as it was over 30 years ago. 

Rosco P. Coltrane, the inept, gleefully corrupt, yet dedicated Sheriff of Hazzard County would prove to be one of the most iconic characters of the show.  This speaks to the talent and creativity of James Best, who breathed life into the role with trademark inflections, utterances and expressions that gave Rosco an unforgettable persona. 

Rosco’s goofball style reminds us of the kid in all of us. Rosco never completely grew up, with every “hot pursuit” as exciting as the first.  He made being Sheriff look like a helluva good time.  And despite his human failings of greed and dishonesty, he remained loyal to his dog, his sister, and his brother-in-law. Underneath that badge of graft and cowardice, there was a heart.   

Fans have a special affection for Rosco P. Coltrane, and they always will.  That affection translates into an honest reverence and affection for James Best.  We love ya, Jimmie.  Happy Birthday, and God Bless.

Dukes of Hazzard on CMT Update

CMT continues the late-night airings of the Dukes of Hazzard, but this week they’ve shook up the broadcast days. No Dukes Monday or Tuesday, but you’ll have Dukes Wednesday through Friday, with a double feature o’ Dukes on Thursday.

Set your TiVo, or pull an all-nighter, and watch the following episodes:

The Canterbury Crock
Wed, July 06, 1:00 a.m. Eastern

Mrs. Daisy Hogg, & Double Dukes
Thurs, July 07, 1:00 a.m + 2:00 a.m. Eastern

Diamonds in the Rough
Fri,  July 08, 1:00 a.m. Eastern

Notable in this week’s episodes: “The Canterbury Crock” features one of the zaniest chase scenes in the Dukes of Hazzard series, where everyone switches cars and then the chase runs backwards. If you’ve never seen Rosco drive the General Lee, you won’t want to miss this episode. Does Rosco crash the General? Watch and find out!

The episode “Diamonds in the Rough” was directed by James Best, ol’ Rosco P. Coltrane himself. Does the episode itself crash? You’ll have to watch and decide on your own!

We should also mention that in the episode “Mrs. Daisy Hogg,”  Daisy Duke has another romance go completely down the tubes. You’d think a girl this pretty would have better luck landing a man.

Meanwhile, we continue to hope that CMT will air The Dukes of Hazzard during a family viewing hour. So far, they’re airing the Dukes very randomly and the pleas of fans have fallen on deaf ears.  We are making our own appeal to CMT concerning this and we’ll let you know if we get a response.

Dukes of Hazzard on CMT Update

Here are the upcoming broadcasts for The Dukes of Hazzard on CMT:

Carnival of Thrills, Part 2
Mon, June 13, 11:00 p.m. Eastern

Enos Strate to the Top
Tues, June 14, 11:00 p.m. Eastern

The Hazzardville Horror
Wed, June 15, 1:00 a.m. Eastern

And in This Corner, Luke Duke
Thurs, June 16, 11:00 p.m. Eastern

As usual, the air times are kinda late. But hey, it’s summer, so it’s ok for the kids to be up all night! Otherwise, set your TiVo! Carnival of Thrills Part 2 has one of the best General Lee stunts of the series, you won’t want to miss it. Even if you’ve seen it before! Check your local cable listings and watch the Dukes of Hazzard!

Dukes of Hazzard on CMT Update

The Dukes of Hazzard has been put back on the late-night time slots again. CMT seems to be using Dukes of Hazzard as a fill-in for hours that they don’t know what to do with. Break out the TiVo, or pull an all-nighter to watch these upcoming episodes of The Dukes of Hazzard:

Mason Dixon’s Girls
Mon, Jun. 6 11:00 PM Eastern

R.I.P. Henry Flatt
Tue, Jun. 7 11:00 PM Eastern

Southern Comfurts
Fri, Jun. 10 1:00 AM Eastern

Carnival of Thrills, Part 1
Fri, Jun. 10 2:00 AM Eastern

The air times are jumping around enough that there’s no telling what days of the week, or what time slots, the show will have from one week to the next. Check your local cable listings for the CMT channel and plan ahead!

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