VH1 scored with its original movie CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story, which became the network’s highest-rated telecast in more than five years. The 9 PM premiere last night averaged 4.5 million total viewers, a 2.9 rating in …
Susan Levison has joined VH1 as EVP, Original Programming & Production. Based in Los Angeles, Levison will oversee all current VH1 original programming and development, reporting to VH1 president Tom Calderone. She replaces Jeff Olde who …
VH1‘s EVP Original Programming & Production Jeff Olde, who is leaving the Viacom network after seven years, is headed to NBCUniversal’s E!, where he will be named EVP Program Development. Olde will join E! in the summer, after the end of his current contract with VH1. He will oversee original programming and series development and replaces president of entertainment programming Lisa Berger, who left abruptly in January.
In addition to his extensive unscripted background, Olde spearheaded VH1′s successful push into scripted series, which will come handy as E! too is looking to expand its reality brand into scripted series. “Jeff is an incredibly gifted executive with deep industry relationships and a unique creative expertise,” said E! President Suzanne Kolb to whom Olde will report. “His passion for pop culture and proven track record for serving the audience will be invaluable to our long-term growth.” At E!, Olde will take on oversight of E!’s core franchises including The Soup, Chelsea Lately, Fashion Police, Keeping Up With The Kardashians and Kourtney & Kim Take Miami. He will also oversee E!’s scripted series development.
At VH1, Olde has served as EVP Original Programming & Production since 2008, shepherding the hit unscripted franchise Mob Wives, Love & Hip Hop, T.I. & Tiny and the launch of the network’s first hourlong scripted series Single Ladies from executive producer Queen Latifah, which is currently in production on its third season; the upcoming scripted drama Hit The Floor (formerly known as Bounce); the network’s upcoming biopic TLC: Crazy, Sexy, Cool; and sketch comedy show Stevie TV.
VH1 has ordered three news shows for spring 2013: The Gossip Game, which follows ambitious women covering the urban entertainment beat; I’m Married To A…, a documentary series that examines some unusual couples in love; and 100 Sexiest Artists, a five-part countdown special. VH1 has also has picked up a third season of T.I. And Tiny: The Family Hustle, featuring rapper T.I. “Tip” Harris, his wife, entrepreneur and singer Tameka “Tiny” Harris, and their brood of six children. Here are description of VH1′s new series with premiere dates:
Keke Palmer (Akeela & The Bee), Lil Mama (America’s Best Dance Crew) and Drew Sidora (Step Up) are set to star in Crazy, Sexy, Cool: The TLC Story, VH1‘s biopic of R&B/hip-hop/pop group TLC. Palmer will portray Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, Lil Mama will take on the role of Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, and Sidora will play Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins in the full-length TV movie about the trio’s lives and careers. Charles Stone III (Drumline) is directing from a script by Kate Lanier (What’s Love Got To Do With It). The film is slated to begin shooting next month in Atlanta where Chilli, Left Eye and T-Boz started their rise to fame. The two surviving members of the group, Chilli and T-Boz, serve as consultants and executive producers.
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Talking about his new BBC America series The Nerdist earlier this afternoon, comic Chris Hardwick set the stage for Jenny McCarthy‘s appearance promoting her new late night talk show for VH1. Joking about their years as co-hosts of MTV’s Singled Out, Hardwick told a story about her failing to come out of her dressing room on time for their first installment because she was fighting a clogged toilet without a plunger. So when McCarthy came out later, she did Hardwick one better with a tale of her own about how she once set a hotel room on fire before a show as a result of the unfortunate combination of a boyfriend, a candle and some hot rollers. “That tops a clogged toilet,” McCarthy said gleefully (although she confided that she clogged her toilet on a weekly basis).
But McCarthy was here to talk about what she’s doing in late night with The Jenny McCarthy Project. She said that the 10:30 Friday night show is the result of a five-year development deal with Oprah Winfrey to do a daytime talk show that didn’t work out. “I realized I was definitely into late night more than daytime at this point in my life,” McCarthy said. “I probably always was. I was really excited when VH-1 told me I could be myself, outrageous but fun.”
EXCLUSIVE: Matchmaking is a hot reality genre with such series as Bravo’s veteran Millionaire Matchmaker and NBC’s upcoming Ready For Love executive produced by Eva Longoria. VH1 is joining the trend with Making Mr. Right, which puts a twist on the matchmaking format. On the eight-episode show, which will premiere January 6, three single women pose as “expert matchmakers” to pull a ruse on 14 unsuspecting guys who think they’ve signed up for a show called Match Me If You Can. With the help of 15-year veteran matchmaker April Beyer, the three women — Brittany Skipper, owner of a private event planning service; Lindsay Osborne, an experienced caterer; and Rachel Seeker, a construction contractor — pretend to work on finding these guys true love, but in reality are there to mold them into their own versions of “Mr. Right.”