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Gwyneth Paltrow Resolves 'Glee' / Kings of Leon Feud, January Jones Talks 'Mad Men' and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Feb 17th 2011 1:10PM
Gwyneth PaltrowThe Kings of Leon and Ryan Murphy have resolved their feud in the form of an unlikely peacemaker: Gwyneth Paltrow.

The actress, who starred in Murphy's 2006 film 'Running With Scissors,' took it upon herself to patch things up between the feuding parties -- via text message, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

After the band said they wouldn't license their music to 'Glee,' Murphy, uh, quoted the lyrics to the non-censored version of Cee Lo's 'Forget You.' The band insisted it often turns down such requests and it wasn't meant as an insult to the show, but drummer Nathan Followill got into a war of words with Murphy on Twitter.

According to THR's source, though, after Paltrow's intervention "it's all good now."

In other TV news ...

The 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars' animated series is getting a whole hairier -- the most famous Wookie of all, Chewbacca, will appear in the show's season finale. "Rrrrrrrowwwwr," confirmed Chewie to the New York Times this morning when asked if the rumors were true. [NY Times]

January Jones thinks everyone should just chill out about 'Mad Men' because she's certain a new season will eventually be filmed. "People should relax," she said about speculation over the ongoing contract discussions that have stalled production on the yet-to-be-announced season 5. [Entertainment Weekly]

VH1 announced a star-packed lineup for the 15th season of its popular 'Storytellers' series. Kings of Leon will lead off the new season, which is set to premiere in May. Also getting episodes of their own are Death Cab for Cutie, Cee Lo Green, Maxwell, My Morning Jacket and Ray Lamontagne. [THR]

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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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What's On Tonight: Design On A Dime, Anacondas, Mad TV

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 28th 2009 5:40PM
  • 48 Hours MysteryAt 8, FOX has a new Cops.
  • HGTV has a new Divine Design at 8, then a new Design on a Dime.
  • At 8:30, Nickelodeon has a new True Jackson, VIP, followed by a new H20.
  • At 9, FOX has a new America's Most Wanted.
  • CNBC has a new Suze Orman Show at 9.
  • Lifetime has the movie America at 9.
  • Sci-Fi has the movie Anacondas: Trail of Blood at 9.
  • Also at 9: VH-1 has a new Storytellers.
  • At 10, CBS has a new 48 Hours Mystery.
  • At 11, FOX has a new Mad TV.
  • At 1am, Cartoon Network has a new Bleach, followed by a new Code Geass.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What to Watch Weekend Feb. 28-March 1

by Kim Potts, posted Feb 28th 2009 5:00AM
The Celebrity Apprentice'The Celebrity Apprentice'
(Sun., 9PM, NBC) 8th season premiere
It's certainly an eclectic group of celebs who've assembled for Donald Trump's latest season.

Headlining the list: Joan Rivers and her daughter Melissa; foul-mouthed comedian Andrew Dice Clay; other Kardashian sister Khloe; Tom Green; R&B crooner Brian McKnight; country star Clint Black; former NBA star Dennis Rodman; and reality TV star/Mr. Sandra Bullock Jesse James among them.

The celebs, who are playing to win a hunk of cash for their favorite charities, will face challenges like making and selling cupcakes and creating their own comic book superheroes, but with a contestant pool this diverse, we have a feeling it's going to be all about the ego clashes this season.


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What to Watch Thursday, Nov. 27

by Kim Potts, posted Nov 27th 2008 5:00AM
A Marathon of Marathons
(All Day)
What's the best follow-up to a feast of turkey and carbs? Yes, a nap. Or, couch potatoing with one of the many TV marathons on tap today.

For those who may be stressed out by getting the whole brood ready to go to Grandma's house, tune in to TLC (8AM) for a whole day with 'Jon & Kate Plus 8' for a look at how the Gosselins deal with a large fam every day.

More family-themed marathons: The Bluths of 'Arrested Development' on G4 (9AM); 'Family Feud' on GSN (9AM); 'Keeping Up With the Kardashians' on E! (1PM); and, for a cautionary tale with some women who are examples of family dysfunction run amuck, an all-day marathon with season two of 'The Bad Girls Club' on Oxygen (8AM).


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Dixie Chicks on VH1 Storytellers

by Adam Finley, posted Oct 19th 2006 9:02PM
dixie chicksListen up, Dixie Chick fans: it's time to spit shine your banjo, lace up your poo steppers, slap on your lucky velvet rhinestone cowgirl hat and step into your mechanical leather underpants with the built-in harmonica cause VH1 Storytellers will be featuring the famous country trio October 28 at 9 pm. VH1 Storytellers is a series that only airs intermittently, and next to the defunct Sessions at West 54th and the PBS series Austin City Limits, it's one of the better musical showcase series on television. Concerts are taped in an intimate setting, much like MTV's Unplugged series, and features bands and musicians talking about their songs and what inspired them while also answering questions from fans in the audience. Fans can watch clips from the show on VH1's VSPOT right now by clicking here.

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Short-Lived Shows: VH1 Storytellers

by Adam Finley, posted Feb 22nd 2006 12:43PM

vh1 storytellersI have an insatiable appetite for useless information. When something or someone in the world of entertainment catches my interest, I want to know everything I can about them. I listen to DVD audio commentaries incessantly, I scour the internet for meaningless trivia about TV shows and actors... it's almost like a sickness.

It's my love of meaningless tidbits that drew me to VH1 Storytellers more than any other live performance show (save for Sessions at West 54th). The idea of the show was very simple: a band or solo artist would perform in an intimate venue in front of a few fans and then talk about their songs. The show only lasted one year, perhaps because not everyone cares as much about Michael Stipe's incoherent ramblings as I did, or watching Billy Idol flirt with young girls in the audience. Still, the show offered an interesting look at the creative process. Considering that VH1 is now nothing more than a channel where people talk about stuff from the 80s twenty-four hours a day, you can't blame me for pining for a show that was actually about music and not, you know, how awesome BurgerTime was.

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