Bayou Billionaires on CMT

CMT launched a new show "Bayou Billionaires," meant for everyone who has ever dreamed of striking it rich overnight.

The show focuses on the Dowden family of Shreveport who struck it rich from oil money from the Haynesville Shale natural gas play in northwest Louisiana.

The series premiere, the first episode, was entitled "We Put the Country in the Club". See below for our list of all Bayou Billionaires episode titles and airing dates.

The first season was a huge success, and the second season of 12 episodes of Bayou Billionaires debuted on September 15, 2012 on CMT.

Where the Dowden Family Lives

The Dowdens live just outside Shreveport, and the Shreveport Auditorium, the former home of the Louisiana Hayride where popular singers such as Hank Williams and Elvis Presley played to North Louisiana audiences
Elvis Presley outside Shreveport's Memorial Auditorium ... former home of the Louisiana Hayride

The Dowdens' home sits right on top of this huge deposit of natural gas.

They live on 80 acres of land off Fly Low Lane near the small town of Frierson, located south of Shreveport, off I-49 between Stonewall and Caspiana in DeSoto Parish.

After years of pinching pennies and balancing budgets, the Dowdens are now ready to enjoy the finer things in life, sparing no expense.

The Scripts for the TV Show

The shows are not entirely unscripted. A CMT writer writes scenarios for the family, which then have to be approved by Gerald and Kitten. the families.

But the actual words spoken by the family members during taping of the shows are their own, and their reactions are genuine and off-the-cuff.

Bayou Billionaires Cast of Characters

The show features several members of the Dowden family, including the dad, Gerald Dowden and his wife Kitten.

Also appearing is their oldest daughter Valerie, who works for the public defender's office in Shreveport and prides herself on being a legal professional. Valerie and her three children Jessica, Devyn and Nikki live in a double-wide trailer on Gerald and Kitten's property.

Chantel is Gerald and Kitten's second oldest daughter, more timid and self-conscious than the others, but is the sweetest one of the bunch. She's recently become the proud recipient of a brand new set of teeth. Albert is Chantel's offbeat, live-in boyfriend of seven years.

Gerald Jr. is Gerald and Kitten's eldest son. He's a professional ATV racer and the daredevil of the family.

Photo of the cast of "Bayou Billionaires" on CMT
Photo of the cast of "Bayou Billionaires"
(Courtesy of CMT)

He's the only one of the four children who lives off the Dowden compound, in a solar-powered home with his wife Peggy.

Thomas is Gerald and Kitten's youngest son and is the "mama's boy" of the family. He is the most outspoken and opinionated of the children and has a fiery, competitive streak.

Thomas, his wife Mallory, and their daughter Ellie Rae live in their own home on a one-acre piece of land on Gerald's property.

Grandpa is Kitten's 90-year old father, who prides himself on being a real ladies man. He claims to currently have five different girlfriends who hail from all around the globe. He lives with Gerald and Kitten in his own bedroom/bachelor pad.

For an introduction to the Dowden family, be sure to watch the Bayou Billionaires preview video below.

Haynesville Shale: How the Dowdens Got Rich

Haynesville Shale Natural Gas Play around Caddo Parish and DeSoto Parish in North LouisianaProduction natural gas wells in the Haynesville Shale Natural Gas Play around Caddo Parish and DeSoto Parish in North Louisiana

The Haynesville formation is a layer of sedimentary rock more than 10,000 feet below the surface of the Earth in the area of northwestern Louisiana, southwestern Arkansas and eastern Texas. Development of the Haynesville - Bossier Shale is providing impetus to exploration, drilling and production, the creation of jobs and employment opportunities in the oil industry, and huge profits for land owners in the area ... like the Dowdens.

The most active areas have been in Caddo, Bienville, Bossier, Red River and Webster Parishes in Louisiana, and of course in DeSoto Parish where the Dowdens live.

The Haynesville Shale has been estimated to be the largest natural gas field in the contiguous 48 states, with an estimated 250 trillion cubic feet of recoverable natural gas.

Land owners like the Dowdens receive "up front" money from the oil companies when they lease their land, plus monthly production income ... "mail box money"!

Louisiana on Reality TV

Louisiana reality TV shows ... gators, ghosts, gumbo and more ... click to read about Swamp People, Cajun Pawn Stars and other TV shows filmed in Louisiana

Louisiana is a popular setting for the movie industry, and several hit reality TV shows on the History Channel, Discovery Channel, A&E, CMT, and other cable networks.

The state has become an exciting location featuring a diversity of towns and subjects for reality television for three main reasons: 1) tax credits and incentives, 2) mild year-round weather, and 3) interesting, likable, real-world characters.

According to a report prepared by the Louisiana Office of Entertainment Industry Development, Louisiana has had five consecutive years of economic growth in the film and music industry.

The report also recognizes Louisiana as ranked third in film and television production nationwide behind only California and New York.

Bayou Billionaires Preview Video

Map of Bayou Billionaires and Other Reality TV Shows Filmed in Shreveport Louisiana

Map of Bayou Billionaires and Other Reality TV Shows Filmed in Shreveport Louisiana and surrounding towns like Frierson, Keachi, Stonewall, Keithville and Benton

Map of Other Reality TV Shows Filmed in Louisiana

Map of Reality TV Shows Filmed in Louisiana ... Swamp People, Cajun Pawn Stars in Alexandria, Bayou Billionaires near Shreveport Map of filming locations of Swamp People on the History Channel ... click for detailed map

Bayou Billionaires Season 1 Episodes

Episode Recaps at CMT
We Put the Country in the Club Episode Recap
Mind Your Own Business Episode Recap
Animal Magnetism Episode Recap
Sitting on Pins and Tatoo Needles Episode Recap
The Big Picture Episode Recap
Love Is In the Muggy Air Episode Recap
Clip Show Episode Recap
Southern Fried Fitness Episode Recap
Gerald Has an Art Attack Episode Recap
Albert and the Aliens Episode Recap
The Getaways Episode Recap

Bayou Billionaires Season 2 Episodes

Date First Aired
Episode Recaps at CMT
Dowden Day Parade
Episode Recap
A "Senior" Prom
Episode Recap

Links of Interest about Louisiana and Reality Television Shows