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Sanjaya the Trojan wasn't the only looney on TV

by Elizabeth Chan, posted Mar 28th 2007 2:22PM
Sanjaya looks like a MohawkSanjaya has turned American Idol into a hair competition with himself. Many people have used the term mohawk but Sanjaya actually resembled more of a fighting Trojan. If anyone can find a comparable picture to prove this please send my way. Sanjaya cannot get all the attention for looney television moments, so we will move on to other TV's Top 5! moments.

Last night, Tori "I want to be Jessica Simpson" Spelling talked about how she thought she killed her baby after rough sex with her husband Dean McDermott on Tori and Dean: Inn Love. The baby stopped kicking after their antics and this worried the inheritance disabled Spelling. Regardless of how worried she truly was, it stop her from entertaining an encore performance. Where do these reality show actresses come up with this stuff?

Jennifer Aniston, you may have lost Brad and Vince, but you can alway be Dirt-y with Cox...

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Jack Black brings TV and the Web together

by Adam Finley, posted Feb 25th 2007 1:02PM

jack blackJulia told everyone about the new VH1 series The Department of Acceptable Media starring Jack Black back in November, and now there's a little more information available, such as when the heck the show will debut (March 23). Oh yeah, and it's not called The Department of Acceptable Media, anymore, it's simply called Acceptable TV.

The new series will feature several three-minute shorts in one episode, some created by regular folks like you and me, and some created by Jack Black and pals. Viewers will vote on which shows to dump and which ones to keep. If that sounds an awful lot like the Channel 101 site, that might be because Channel 101 helped create the series.

Shorts that are too hot for TV will made available online, and creators will also get a share of the ad revenue everytime their short is viewed online. You can watch some hysterical promos for the new series here.

[via Lost Remote]

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BET and VH1 join forces for Wifey

by Adam Finley, posted Feb 14th 2007 7:03PM

queen latifahVH1 and BET, both Viacom-owned channels, are splitting production costs and sharing airtime for a new series called Wifey, a drama set inside the hip-hop business. Queen Latifah is on board as a producer through her company Flavor Unit (which would also be a cool name for a restaurant, but I digress). Production on the series kicks off next month.

A pilot for the series has been ordered, and if it gets picked up for a full season the episodes will air simultaneously on both VH1 and BET, presumably to woo people interested in black culture and people interested in how comedians feel about ALF and the Rubik's Cube.

As the Hollywood Reporter points out, the obvious risk is that one network will be watched by a majority while the other one will be left high and dry. The people behind the new series also admit it's a gamble.

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Zach Galifianakis dances with KFed - VIDEO

by Anna Johns, posted Feb 12th 2007 9:26AM
zach galifianakis; kevin federline; late world with zachDid you know that comedian Zach Galifianakis and Kevin Federline have a history? Oh, it's not nearly as sordid as the Britney-Kevin history, but in some ways it's much more entertaining and a lot less pathetic.

On his website, Zach recently posted a link to this video on YouTube that shows Kevin Federline as one of the dancers on Zach's short-lived show, Late World with Zach. Why were there dancers on Zach's show? Well, it was all part of a sketch to announce the cancellation of Zach's show. I've posted the video after the jump. K-Fed is the dancer with the hat on and is pretty easy to recognize. This was back in 2002, before anyone even knew the guy. Back then, K-Fed was much less of a punk and more graceful.

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VH1 nabs Armed & Famous

by Anna Johns, posted Jan 30th 2007 8:27PM
erik estradaCBS dumped Armed & Famous this week after airing four episodes, but now it's going where it belongs: VH1. The 'reality' series stars has-been and pseudo-celebrities like Jack Osbourne, Wee Man, La Toya Jackson, Erik Estrada and Trish Stratus. They all become cadets and go out on the road with real cops in Muncie, Indiana (which commenters tell me isn't that small of a town after all).

VH1 will air a marathon of Armed & Famous on Saturday, topped off with a new episode (#5) at 9 pm. VH1 says it doesn't actually have episodes 6 & 7 but it will air them if the producers get them finished. And the cable network is not ruling out a second season of the series.

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TV's Top 5!: Even Jack Bauer needs to know his Dad

by Elizabeth Chan, posted Jan 23rd 2007 1:01PM

Kiefer Sutherland on 24If you ever wanted to learn what happens when sibling rivalry goes very wrong, we had Jack Bauer teach us a thing or two in last night's episode of 24. Next time my teenage brother doesn't tell me where my Dad is, I'm gonna keep this clip* on my video Ipod to show him how lucky he is that he isn't a Bauer.

24 has introduced Jack Bauer's meaning of nuclear, not once but twice this season. First time in the big kaboom manner, and secondly in the equally explosive "tell me where Papa is!!" manner. If we have past seasons to gauge how this part of his family tree is going to branch out, it probably means these actors are already looking for their next gig.

No matter how awful it is to watch someone kill their sibling, it isn't as horrible as what happened to a few unlucky suitors on I Love New York.

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The Five: The reality shows you should be watching

by Julia Ward, posted Jan 21st 2007 10:09AM
ego trip's white rapper show persia and john brownReality shows are an easy target. At their worst, they combine narcissistic competitors in a state of arrested development with manipulative editing and piss poor production values. They are base, coarse, often times racist and tedious beyond belief. They bring out the worst in us - our collective desire to see other people humiliated.

Fortunately, all reality shows are not the same. I mean, would Tim Gunn be involved in anything that wasn't a class act? Shows like Project Runway and, to some extent, The Amazing Race redeem an otherwise unfortunate genre littered with wife-swaps, cat fights, strangers picked to live in a house and competitive testicle eating. There is plenty of good among the bad, and in my neck of the woods, certain reality shows are as much "must see TV" as any scripted program. I'm looking for the same thing in both anyway - emotional truth.

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Everybody Hates Chris marathon on VH1

by Adam Finley, posted Jan 10th 2007 3:02PM

everybody hates chrisLast night I had to play detective. Seriously, I was like Encyclopedia "Mother-F'n" Brown. I was all, like, solvin' shtuff.

I'll explain: I was poking through ye olde Tivo seeing if there was anything on worth recording, and I noticed it had some reruns of Everybody Hates Chris listed on VH1. That's odd, since the show airs on the CW. I hopped on my computer and went to VH1's site, but there was no mention of it at all. If you look at the schedule, it lists "VH1 Special" from 8pm to 10:30pm on Saturday, January 20. Well, that "special" is five back-to-back episodes of Everybody Hates Chris according to both my Tivo and TV Guide. If you haven't seen the show, you should check it out, as it's one of the better sitcoms on television right now.

Also, fans take note: new episodes of the series return to the CW on January 22.

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Zach and K-Fed - VIDEO

by Adam Finley, posted Jan 6th 2007 7:02PM

zach galafianakisSome of you may remember a very short-lived show on VH1 called Late World with Zach, hosted by comedian Zach Galafianakis. The series ran in 2002 for eleven episodes. Zach would later appear in the television series Tru Calling and the Comedy Central reality series Comedians of Comedy. Late World was, as far as I know, VH1's first and only attempt at a late night talk show. You can find several clips of the show on YouTube, of course, but the one I posted below is especially wonderful because not only is it taken from the hilarious and bittersweet final episode, but it actually features a pre-Britney Kevin Federline as one of the dancers who steps from the audience to join Zach on stage. Also, you get to see Zach before he grew his scruffy beard. It kind of makes you miss those old days when families would sit on the porch sipping lemonade, Zach was beardless, and none of us knew who the hell K-Fed was.

[via CC Insider]

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SpongeBong the banned

by Adam Finley, posted Jan 1st 2007 2:09PM

spongebongFile this under: If I Haven't Seen It, It's New To Me.

A couple years ago, Camp Chaos created a cartoon for VH1's ILL-ustrated that never made it to air. One would assume "SpongeBong HempPants" was never shown due to its blatant advocacy of drug use, or maybe it wasn't shown because it's just not that good. The shorts can be found on YouTube, and perhaps smoking a few doobies can make them seem funnier than they really are, but it's ultimately one stretched-out joke that wasn't that funny to begin with.

Wouldn't it be hilarious if SpongeBob and his pals not only got high all the time, but also looked like different drugs and drug paraphernalia? Yes, that could be very funny if done right, but that concept alone isn't enough. Besides, if you really want to get stoned and watch a cartoon, the original SpongeBob is a much better choice.

(Don't do drugs).

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Flavor Flav in comic book form

by Julia Ward, posted Dec 24th 2006 9:02PM
Flavor Flav comicI've never had an easy time resolving the two sides of Flavor Flav. On the one hand, you've got Flavor Flav - VH1's resident reality buffoon who single-handedly set off a public debate on 21st Century minstrelsy. On the other, you've got one quarter of seminal hip-hop act Public Enemy - the revolutionaries who dropped "Burn, Hollywood, Burn" on listeners. Public Enemy's debut comic book from American Mule Entertainment doesn't make Flav any less complicated, but it does give us the opportunity to see him deliver a flying sidekick into the face of an enemy combatant.

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More on ego trip's The (White) Rapper Show

by Julia Ward, posted Dec 19th 2006 8:05PM
ego trip the white rapper showMore information has been released about VH1's latest reality outing - ego trip's The (White) Rapper Show. What we reported to you in early November remains the same - the show, which premieres on January 8th, is a reality competition which pits lily white MCs against one another in search of the next Eminem or Adrock.

Now, you wouldn't expect another lame reality show from the team behind ego trip, would you? For the uninitiated, ego trip was a New York-based hip-hop magazine that started back in 1994. The publication covered underground sounds with wit and attitude. They were the "arrogant voice of musical truth." While the magazine folded years ago, ego trip remained at large through a series of books - ego trip's Book of Rap Lists and ego trip's Big Book of Racism. They partnered with VH1 on ego trip's Race-O-Rama and TV's Illest Minority Moments. Given their track record, it would be a huge disappointment were The (White) Rapper Show to suck.

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Surreal Life all-stars compete in 'Fame Games'

by Anna Johns, posted Dec 14th 2006 11:23AM
vh1 logoBecause they lost their dignity long ago, the most popular "stars" from VH1's The Surreal Life are reuniting for a competition that will determine who is most famous. Hosted by Robin Leach, who also has no self respect, the contestants will compete in weekly single-elimination games that determine their level of fame. Games include "Paparazzi Hide-and-Seek", Scandal Video Film Festival", and "Hotel Room Trash-a-Thon". As is customary for The Surreal Life, all the contestants will live in the same house. Only, their success at the Fame Games will determine whether they live on the A-list side of the house where they eat gourmet meals and are pampered, or on the B-list side with a ping pong table and crackers.

Celebs signed up for The Surreal Life Fame Games are: Brigitte Nielsen, Chyna Doll, Vanilla Ice, Pepa, Emmanuel Lewis, C.C. DeVille, Ron Jeremy, Jordan Knight, Verne Troyer, Andrea Lowell and Tracy Bingham. The new season begins January 7 at 9 pm on VH1.

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Jerry Springer's talk show becomes reality show

by Julia Ward, posted Dec 13th 2006 8:35PM
Jerry SpringerFor the past several months, cameras have been secretly recording the behind-the-scenes goings-on at The Jerry Springer Show for a new VH1 reality series. Tentatively-titled The Springer Hustle, the show focuses on the producers who bring all that messed-up humanity to the screen.

This raises all kinds of questions for me. Did you know that Jerry Springer still had a TV show? I thought he was busy running for office or something. More importantly, can you make a reality show about a show that pretends to examine reality and uses "real" people but is largely staged much in the way, say, professional wrestling is staged? And, since we all know that reality programming is also hyper-edited, written and sometimes staged, will my head explode when I try to decode what's real, what's fake, who's pre-op, who's post-op and who's my baby's daddy? I'm already confused.

Fortunately, this isn't VH1's only new offering. You can also expect to see Andrew Dice Clay and Tom Sizemore vehicles. So much to look forward to in 2007.

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I Love New York coming; faith in humanity diminishing

by Annie Wu, posted Dec 8th 2006 6:25PM
I Love New York
VH1's I Love New York (the spin-off of Flavor of Love, which was the spin-off of Strange Love, which was the spin-off of The Surreal Life) is set to debut on Monday, January 8 at 9PM. Kick off the new year with a bit of trashiness! This is the new cast picture of New York (Tiffany Patterson) and her victims lucky bachelors. The flamboyant fellow in pink is the Big Rick to New York's Flavor Flav (so, his job will be to follow New York around and tell her how great she looks). I've already picked my favorite of the bunch... the blond guy in the button-up and khakis. He's in it for the long run, folks!

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