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Is VH1 Actually Getting Classy?

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 19th 2010 8:05PM
Tough Love CouplesIt takes a big network to admit that it's been bad. And when VH1 decided to blow up most of its schedule and announce 44 new shows earlier today, that's exactly what they did.

Pretty much all the shows that have been part of the VH1 lineup over the last few years -- shows like 'Flavor of Love,' 'Rock of Love,' 'Tool Academy' and other high art -- are going to fade away in favor of more documentary-style shows. And, shocker of all shocks, music is coming back, with more music-video-centric shows and the revival of 'Behind The Music.'

Even the network's president, Tom Calderone, seems to think that its high time for the network to ditch its recent tawdry past. "(O)ur audience was getting a little fatigued by all those manufactured reality shows," he told The Hollywood Reporter. "They want more authenticity in their reality, which isn't to say that it can't be comedic and light."

But is fatigue the real reason why VH1 is classing it up? And are they really classing things up at all? A closer examination makes both answers a little less obvious.

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VH1 Unleashes 44 New Shows

by Scott Harris, posted Apr 19th 2010 10:15AM
As networks prepare for the annual ritual of industry upfronts, in which they present to advertisers their plans for the next year, television fans are used to receiving little teases of what to expect -- this network is going to debut a new drama, that network is going to do a sitcom and somewhere, someone is filming Sarah Palin. For the most part, though, there are few surprises as networks bring back their top earning shows year after year.

And then there's VH1.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, VH1 has decided to flush its system by introducing a whopping 44 new shows over the next year, including new series devoted to celebrity, the reality genre and, yes, even music. Perhaps the biggest shocker: To make room for these new endeavors, the network is canning the Blank of 'Love' line of reality hookup shows that has defined the network for the past half decade.

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TV Squad's complete 2009-10 fall season premiere calendar

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 3rd 2009 12:04PM
GleeThe networks have had a quiet summer, quietly introducing scripted bomb after scripted bomb, so they're certainly ready to jump into the new fall season. And It looks to be an interesting one. ABC is scheduling a two-hour block of new comedies on Wednesdays as the sitcom tries to make a comeback.

Even more risky is NBC handing 10:00 to Jay Leno every night of the week. Everyone's waiting to see how that one plays out. FOX is banking on huge positive buzz for Glee to make it a hit, while ABC is hoping FlashForward can pick up where Lost is leaving off when it wraps its run this season.

To help you with it all, TV Squad has put together a handy calendar of all the premieres so you can schedule responsibly in this busy time of TV watching. Some nights have as many as twelve premieres scheduled, so you might need to invest in a few more DVRs to catch all your favorites; Monday's still look grim. Bookmark this page and you'll have it handy to help see you through.

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LaToya Jackson to Co-Host 'The View' & More TV News

by Andrew Scott, posted Aug 25th 2009 1:30PM
LaToya JacksonLaToya Jackson to co-host 'The View,' Oprah schedules her next book club selection, MTV picks up the rights to 'Skins' and more of today' top TV headlines.

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VH1 brings back a good show this time: Behind the Music

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 19th 2009 3:00PM
Lil' WayneNormally you can expect VH1 to be renewing their horrible reality sexcapade competitions and other trashy shows, but suddenly there's a glimmer of hope on what was once an actual escape for the more mature music enthusiast. While it's only for 10 episodes or so for now, I'm still jazzed that VH1 is reviving Behind the Music at all. This was E!'s True Hollywood Story before True Hollywood Story. For me it generally didn't matter who they were spotlighting, all the stories were interesting. Of course, there'll always be a special place in my heart for the Milli Vanilli story. Heartbreak and more heartbreak!

You could call it a response to the success of the New Kids on the Block "Behind the Music" special this past fall. Honestly, I'm not even sure why the series was shelved in 2006. There are always new acts sprouting up and you'd think there would be plenty of fodder with the likes of The Jonas Brothers, Miley Cyrus and a new batch of American Idol wannabes each year. So far Lil' Wayne and Scott Weiland have signed on. I'm hoping for a Kanye West one narrated and written by West.

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'Two and a Half Men' Gets Renewed and More TV News

by Thomas DiChiara, posted Mar 19th 2009 12:00PM
Charlie SheenCharlie Sheen, John Cryer and a bunch of lovable dweebs are sticking around CBS for the foreseeable future.

CBS has renewed its comedic juggernauts 'Two and a Half Men' and 'The Big Bang Theory,' booking them for three seasons and two seasons, respectively.

In other news, VH1 is bringing back 'Behind the Music,' 'The Colbert Report' is heading to the Persian Gulf, and Heather Locklear isn't returning to 'Melrose Place' anytime soon.

See more of today's TV headlines, casting scoops and premiere dates after the jump.

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