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TV Bulletin Board (March 2)

CMT is foaming at the mouth over Beer For My Horses, which will be the network's latest movie.

Spawned from the monster country hit by Toby Keith, it'll star his ownself plus Willie Nelson, Ted Nugent, Tom Skerritt, Rodney Carrington and Barry Corbin.

Co-written by Keith and Carrington, the film "follows the exploits of small town deputies and best friends who defy the local sheriff to embark on an outrageous road trip to save one of their girlfriends from drug lord kidnappers," CMT says. Production began late last month and will run through mid-March in various New Mexico locales.

***Sub-puny ratings for last week's premiere have prompted NBC to cancel quarterlife after just one episode. But it continues on the Internet, where the twentysomething series originated.

In a previous letter to TV critics, quarterlife creators Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskowitz (thirtysomething, My So-Called Life) said the series "depicts a reality and a voice and an authenticity that was thought to have no place in television today -- and may not have a place -- but we're willing to take that chance, and so is NBC."

A second episode scheduled for Sunday, March 2nd, has been supplanted by -- what else? -- Deal Or No Deal.

***Having canceled WWE Smackdown! on its CW sister network, mighty CBS will be going forward with four Saturday night specials spotlighting one of the "fastest-growing sports in the country."

That would be mixed martial arts, which will get a quartet of two-hour prime specials a year. No premiere date is set yet, but CBS hopes to profit from showcasing "a wildly popular entertainment vehicle for upscale, young adult audiences."

***Lush Dallasite Brooke Burns (Dog Eat Dog, Pepper Dennis) will co-star in the new ABC comedy Miss Guided, scheduled to premiere on March 18th.

She'll play bombshell high school English teacher Lisa Germain, chief nemesis of a formerly awkward teen (played by Judy Greer) who's returned to her alma mater as a guidance counselor. Ashton Kutcher (Beauty and the Geek) is among the show's executive producers.