If this isn’t breaking records, I don’t know what is. VH1 sent out a press release today saying they’re releasing 44 news shows in the year 2010. That’s an insane number! How is it even physically possible? They went from spinning EVERYTHING off, including spinoffs to spinoffs, and now they’ve decided that Jerry Springer isn’t their direction, and they want to launch shows to fit their core audience? Hope it works. I do know one thing…Jessica Simpson…not so much their core audience.
Jeff Olde, the Executive Vice President of VH1 said, “As a result, we’re taking our signature storytelling strengths and amplifying them through three distinct areas: music, celebrities and real life stories…And we’re expanding the ways we tell a story so that we have more ways to reflect on what’s happening in the music and pop culture that our viewers love.”
I guess throwing things up on a wall and hoping something sticks is one method to doing things…now, let’s hope something sticks…
Read about the new series, after the jump…
From the press release:
New Music Programming Announcements
“VH1 and the USO Present Divas Rock The Troops” “ December 2010 â€¨VH1 is taking its most legendary music event on the road to pay homage to the many men and women who serve in the armed forces.Â In true VH1 Divas’ fashion, a special group of female music superstars will sing their hearts out at military bases around the world. In another VH1 Divas first, the Divas will step out of their comfort zones and become soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines for a day and learn what goes into being a true American hero. “VH1 and the USO Present Divas Rock the Troops” will be an event unlike anything seen before.Â
“VH1 Hip Hop Honors: The Dirty South” “ Monday, June 7â€¨VH1′s hugely successful annual tribute to the force that is hip hop music returns in June for a seventh time with a tribute to “The Dirty South” to honor those who infused the southern story into hip hop’s global message. Jermaine Dupri, J Prince of Rap-A-Lot Records, Luther “Luke” Campbell AND 2Live Crew, Master P, and Organized Noize are all being recognized through performances in collaboration with some of today’s hottest talent. Â Last year’s edition was the highest-rated “VH1 Hip Hop Honors” yet.Â ”VH1 Hip Hop Honors: The Dirty South” will tape on June 3rd at NYC’s Hammerstein Ballroom and will air on VH1 on Monday, June 7 at 9:00 PM ET/PT. Â
“Behind The Music” ” new episodes begin airing in June â€¨VH1′s Emmy-nominated and critically acclaimed series “Behind The Music” returns after a successful re-launch last summer with a new group of stellar artists including Golden Globe-nominated Courtney Love, Academy Award-winner Jennifer Hudson, multiple Grammy Award winner Usher, Grammy winner and actress Eve, and Golden Globe-nominated actress and performer Jennifer Lopez and DMX. VH1 has re-imagined “Behind The Music” to now focus on some of the top current artists of today who have had a major impact or contribution to the music scene from rock to hip-hop to pop.Â
“An Evening with Christina Aguilera” “ Sunday, June 13 â€¨VH1 offers unparalleled backstage access to five-time GrammyÂ® award winning recording artist Christina Aguilera beginning that night with an all-new “Behind the Music: Christina Aguilera” followed by the premiere of “VH1 Storytellers: Christina Aguilera.” In the latest installment of VH1′s successful “Behind the Music” series, fans will get a behind-the-scenes look into the life of one of pop music’s biggest and most private stars. Christina will share personal stories, footage and photos, while her family, friends and colleagues open up about Christina’s childhood, early career and road to superstardom. Then, following in true “VH1 Storytellers” fashion, Christina will treat some of her closest fans to a uniquely thrilling performance of some of her greatest hits as well as new songs from her latest album, “Bionic.” Fans at the taping will also receive the rare opportunity to ask Christina questions about her music and hear stories on the inspiration behind her songs.
VH1′s Emmy Award-Winning “Rock Doc” Franchise:
“50′s Roots”â€¨Â 50 Cent has always been framed ” and defined ” by the cold grim reality of coming up in South Jamaica Queens. But 50′s not merely a product of the street and his incredible, death-defying story of survival and success does not just begin with him. Like all African-Americans, there’s a greater journey â€¦ across thousands of milesâ€¦back through several family generations to slavery. Â Here, the legendary rapper, actor and business mogul will make an unprecedented trek to the Deep South in search of his family’s slave lineage. He’ll re-unite with living family members, and connect the dots on his ancestral heritage. “50′s Roots” is a real-time journey into past lives and a shared historyâ€¦ of horror and hope, pain and perseverance.Â “50′s Roots” is produced by Roadside Entertainment.
“RUSH: Beyond the Lighted Stage” ” Premieres on VH1/VH1 Classic, Sat. June 26 â€¨This world premiere gives a comprehensive exploration of the history of legendary Canadian power trio Rush ” from their early days growing up in Toronto, through each of their landmark albums, to the present day. With a career spanning four decades, RUSH (Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neal Peart) is one of the most successful bands in the history of popular music, but despite their remarkable career achievements, they have never been critics’ darlings. Directors Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn interview the band’s admirers and contemporaries, including Gene Simmons, Billy Corgan, Sebastian Bach, Jack Black, and others and also deliver rare backstage and concert footage.Â
“Let’s Spend the Night Together: Confessions of Rock’s Greatest Groupies” “ Premieres Q4, 2010 â€¨Told through the eyes of rock and roll historian and super groupie Pamela Des Barres, author of the famous 1987 tell-all I’m With The Band, this 90-minute documentary offers memories of her sexual exploits and longtime escapades with such notorious rockers as Mick Jagger, Jim Morrison and Jimmy Page. This work is not only a tribute to the golden age of groupies, but also the golden age of rock â€˜n roll.Â Pamela’s new book Let’s Spend the Night Together: Confessions of Rock’s Greatest Groupies provides the framework for this new documentary which follows Pamela as she visits many of these legendary women who re-emerge to share their intimate stories and the unexpected human side of their relationships with rock gods.Â Produced by Creature Films.
“Friday Night Alright” Concert Series “ Friday nights, 11 PM ET/PT â€¨VH1 continues to deliver new A-list concert performances from around the globe in its hit concert series “Friday Night Alright.”Â The network kicked off 2010 with this series, showcasing concert specials form acts like Madonna, U2, and Taylor Swift.Â New shows coming up include Usher, Lady Gaga, Lady Antebellum and Stone Temple Pilots.
“100 Greatest Artists Of All Time” “ Fall 2010 â€¨For decades, there have been countless arguments about who deserves the title of the greatest music artist ever. Now VH1′s “100 Greatest Artists of All Time” is out to settle the debate once and for all. This 5-hour special will rank the biggest acts in music ranging from all genres including rock, pop, rap, and metal. Over ten years ago, VH1 asked music experts to pick the 100 greatest artists in the channel’s first countdown special. New music, artists and trends have emerged since this historical list. VH1 asked an academy of musicians and music journalists again to see which music pioneers still matter and which new artists rate amongst the greatest of this era.
Previously Announced 2010 New Series and Projects
â€¢ Executive Producer Queen Latifah’s movie project in development with Flavor Unit Entertainment.
â€¢ “Dad Camp” “ A docu-reality series that tries to transform 6 irresponsible soon-to-be dads into respectable fathers. Premieres Monday, May 31.
â€¢ “Don’t Forget The Lyrics” “ Musical game show hosted by music artist and former “Extra!” co-host Mark McGrath.Â Premieres in September. Â
â€¢ “Football Wives” ” In the spirit of VH1′s hit series “Basketball Wives,” the series will focus on the women behind the men who play the nation’s most popular sport.
â€¢ “Ocho Cinco”(working title) “ Cincinnati Bengals star wide receiver and “Dancing With The Stars” contestant Chad Ocho Cinco (formerly Chad Johnson) pursues happiness off the field.Â Premieres Sunday, July 11.
â€¢ “The OCD Project” ” From 3 Ball Productions, this new series centers on patients impacted by obsessive compulsive disorder living together as they strive to overcome their affliction.Â
â€¢ “Scream Queens 2″ “ Ten more aspiring actresses will get the chance to win a breakthrough role in “Saw 3D,” the next film in Lionsgate’s iconic “Saw” horror franchise. Premieres Monday, August 9.
â€¢ “The T.O. Show” (season 2) “ After his one season with the Bills, Terrell Owens is once again faced with finding another team in the off-season while having the chance to reconnect with his kids, as well as his ex, Kari. Debuts Sun., July 11.
â€¢ “Do Something Awards” “ VH1 has partnered with DoSomething.org to televise live the 2010 Do Something Awards on Monday, July 19, 2010 at 9 PM from Los Angeles. The five nominees for the Do Something Award will be rewarded with a community grant with the grand prize winner receiving $100,000.