VH1 To Produce Record 44 Original Shows In 2010
New concert specials, series and refreshed staples slated
By David Tanklefsky -- Broadcasting & Cable, 4/19/2010 2:14:14 PM
"They told us that they want to connect even more with our characters, our artists and our celebrities - but in a more genuine way," said VH1 President Tom Calderone. "They still enjoy VH1's signature sense of fun and irreverence, but they also want more storylines that reflect the issues and challenges they are experiencing in their own lives."
Music will remain one of the channel's core offerings, comprising 40% of the entire day schedule starting this September. VH1 will be refreshing brands such as VH1 Divas (slated to return in December with a concert special for American troops with USO), VH1 Hip Honors (returning in June with a special on Southern rappers), and new installments of VH1 Storytellers, Behind the Music, and the Emmy-winning Rock Doc series. Game show Don't Forget the Lyrics will rev up as a daily strip series in September.
Among the new shows fast approaching is You're Cut Off, about nine spoiled young women who are cut off from their various shopping outlets, debuting June 14 at 9 p.m.; weight loss competition Money Honey (summer 2010); and new Behind the Music episodes, which begin in June, featuring Courtney Love, Jennifer Hudson, Eve, Jennifer Lopez and DMX. The network has also scheduled An Evening with Christina Aguilera special for June 13, with Behind the Music and Storyteller featuring the singer.
Among the new shows in the pilot phase are Beso: Waiting on Fame, about Eva Longoria-Parker's Hollywood restaurant, and Estranged with Dr. Drew, in which the ever-present VH1 celebrity doctor works to repair relationships in ruins.
Let's Spend the Night Together: Confessions of Rock's Greatest Groupies will premier some time in Q4 and specials on 50 Cent (50s Roots) and Rush (RUSH: Beyond the Lighted Stage, June 26) are also slated for this year.
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