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MTV's star-studded West Side Story parody

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 29th 2009 11:35AM
Russell_Brand_MTV_VMA_awardsHow do you pump up the viewership for a music award show on a network that used to be all about music but lately has been all about reality TV and nasty scandals? Well, apparently MTV has decided to go retro and keep it funny. To promote the upcoming 2009 Video Awards, MTV has created a West Side Story parody, not too different from the brilliant solo turn by Neil Patrick Harris at last June's Tony Awards.

The commercial is a mixed bag. Taylor Swift proves that she has the real goods as a singer, doing the toughest part of the "Tonight" quintet. Ne-Yo's dance turn is more of a salute to Michael Jackson than an homage to composers Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim. And Katy Perry's rooftop bit reinforces the fact that she's funny and playful.

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Sherri Shepherd Comedy Lands Premiere Date & More TV News

by Andrew Scott, posted Aug 13th 2009 1:00PM
Sherri ShepherdSherri Shepherd's new Lifetime comedy series, 'Sherri,' has found an Oct. 5 premiere date.

Also in the news today: Comedy Central picks up 'Tosh.0' for six additional episodes, while Joe Morgan lands a significant role on 'Brothers & Sisters.'

See more of today's top TV headlines after the jump.

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'True Blood' Draws Record Ratings & More TV News

by Andrew Scott, posted Aug 5th 2009 1:25PM
True Blood'True Blood' has officially reached new heights, earning an astounding 4.3 million viewers for Sunday night's episode. This marks the show's best ratings performance to date.

Also in the news today: Paula quits 'American Idol,' while Lauren Conrad and Kim Kardashian book 'America's Next Top Model.'

See more of today's top TV headlines after the jump.

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Katy Perry plans to make out with a female celeb at the VMAs

by Kona Gallagher, posted Aug 28th 2008 5:25PM
katy perryThere's a difference between cheap, tawdry publicity stunts that are (pop) culturally significant and those that are just, well, cheap and tawdry. An example of the former is Madonna's infamous VMA performance from 2003 in which she performed and locked lips with not only Christina Aguilera, but Britney Spears as well. An example of the latter would be basically anything involving Katy Perry.

if you've walked past a TV, into a retail store or gotten into a car this summer, chances are you've heard Katy Perry's single, "I Kissed a Girl." There's an even bigger chance that if you just read that sentence, "I Kissed a Girl" is now going to be stuck in your head for the rest of the day. Perry is performing that song during this year's VMA telecast on September 7th, and if you haven't already guessed, she's looking for a girl to kiss.

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VMAs will try to survive without Britney

by Kona Gallagher, posted Aug 27th 2008 10:42AM
britney spears 2007 vmasLook, I'm just going to go ahead and take credit for this one. Obviously Britney listened to me when I praised her for her awkwardly funny VMA promos with this year's host, Russell Brand, and agreed that that was enough for this year. Her manager, Larry Rudolph, has confirmed that despite reports, Brit will not be picking up the sparkly underwear from the cleaners in order to perform at this year's VMAs.

Fans of unruly extensions and gum-smacking need not fear, however: there is still a good chance that Ms. Spears will make an appearance at the fête. Britney is nominated for Video of the Year for her single, "Piece of Me." Even though Britney Spears has been nearly synonymous with MTV and the VMAs for most of her career, she's never actually won one of the coveted moon men, so I'm not sure how good her chances are of actually making an acceptance speech. Regardless, I wouldn't be surprised if producers still find something for her to do during the show; if there's one thing for which Britney can always be relied on, it's creating buzz. Well, that and single-handedly keeping Cheetos in business.

The MTV Video Music Awards air on September 7.

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Don't call it a comeback: Britney's VMA promos - VIDEOS

by Kona Gallagher, posted Aug 12th 2008 12:25PM
russell brand britney spears vmasWe all know the story: Britney Spears got divorced, shaved her head, beat a car with an umbrella, went to rehab for a little while, and generally acted in an unstable fashion in front of the paparazzi. Then, last year, she was supposed to put all of that behind her and reclaim her rightful crown as a pop princess by performing her new single, "Gimme More" at the MTV Video Music Awards.

So she opened the show--but her performance was more befitting a zombie stripper than a multi-platinum artist. Things continued to go downhill for a while, until her dad stepped in. After that, it was better extensions, visits with her kids and guest spots on How I Met Your Mother. It was good all around.

Now, after several months of relative stability, Britney may be ready for a comeback from her comeback. Along with VMA host Russell Brand, Spears is starring in a couple of promos for the VMAs. The videos are after the jump.

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Proof that The Real World caused the downfall of MTV

by Kristin Sample, posted Jun 27th 2008 6:07PM
MTV logoI'm one of the many people who laments the "channel drift" that has affected MTV. A network that started out as, well, "music television" has clearly become "anything but music television." There's even a graph now on GraphJam the depicts how The Real World caused the downfall of MTV. The graph shows how the airtime for music videos has decreased as The Real World grew in popularity. Perhaps it should also measure how the cast of The Real World became more attractive and subsequently less intelligent.

The graph posits that by 2010 music videos will be nonexistent on the channel. Also, interesting is the rise of what the graph calls simply "other crap" that coincides with the rise of shows like The Real World and Road Rules. I assume "other crap" refers to shows like The Hills, My Super Sweet Sixteen, and Made -- shows that have replaced music videos in primetime (and replaced music videos with their incessant reruns in daytime).

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VMAs go back to L.A.

by Kristin Sample, posted Jun 23rd 2008 3:04PM
MTV has decided that after a ten-year absence from the west coast, the Video Music Awards will be held this year in Los Angeles. The ceremony will be held on Sunday September 7th at the Paramount Pictures lot in Hollywood.

What? No Kodak Theatre? No Nokia Theatre? So, why the choice to hold the ceremony at a Hollywood studio lot? Entertainment Weekly says, "Expect executive producer Jesse Ignjatovic to make use of many of Paramount's stages, rooftops, and camera-ready city streets for the star-studded show, which will only air once in its original incarnation."

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Live Blogging the MTV Video Music Awards

by Jay Black, posted Sep 9th 2007 9:00PM
I'm not there! When my editors here at TV Squad asked me if I wanted to live-blog the VMAs, my response was "hell yea!" I then put on a banana suit and danced around the house, singing "It's Peanut Butter Jelly Time" until my wife threatened a divorce.

I've been itching to live-blog something since coming on board here at TVS, and even though doing it with the VMAs means giving up the first game of Sunday Night Football (and consequently giving up the little that's left of my maleness), I'm okay, When it comes to live-blogging, I have the same standards as a drunk girl at the end of a party.

So, without further ado, let's get to it!

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MTV Video Music Awards to be held in Las Vegas

by Joel Keller, posted May 1st 2007 8:55PM
MTV logoMTV likes trying new things every year with their Video Music Awards. Of course, some ideas are better than others: two years ago, they held the VMAs in Miami during hurricane season, and had to scramble when Katrina hit the area the day before the show.

At least they won't have to worry about hurricanes this year; we've just received word that MTV has decided to hold the award show in Las Vegas, at the Palms Hotel and Casino. In fact, the network is planning an entire weekend of events around the VMAs, all to be broadcast on their channel. Some other interesting wrinkles: parts of the show will take place in different venues throughout the hotel, the show will only be shown in its original form once, and the "remixes" of subsequent airings (which I'm sure there will be many) will be programmed by viewers.

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R&B star Chris Brown on The O.C.

by Annie Wu, posted Sep 3rd 2006 9:07AM
Chris BrownDuring the MTV Video Music Awards, Chris Brown (whose song "Run It" has been playing on loop in my head, fighting strong against my attempts to drown it out with Radiohead) revealed that he has landed a role in the upcoming season of The O.C. He said that he will be playing a "band geek" in his seven episode stint, but I think it's just a weak cover-up by FOX. Something tells me that he's actually playing the mortal vessel that ends up carrying Marissa's ghost, occasionally speaking in her voice and pitching Neutrogena products. It'd be brilliant because no one would see it coming. Except me.

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