VH1′s TLC Biopic Draws 4.5 Million Viewers

By | Tuesday October 22, 2013 @ 12:03pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

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 … Read More »

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VH1 Greenlights Drama Pilot ‘Hindsight’

By | Thursday September 19, 2013 @ 10:57am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: In the first scripted pickup under new head of development Susan Levison, VH1 has given a pilot order to Hindsight, an hourlong scripted drama from writer Emily Fox (Jane By Design) and Timberman/Beverly. The … Read More »

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Nick Carter Reality Project Gets Presentation Order At VH1

By | Friday September 6, 2013 @ 8:37am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: VH1 has ordered a presentation for a reality series toplined and executive produced by Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys. The project, produced by Bischoff-Hervey Entertainment (Hardcore Pawn: Chicago) chronicles Carter’s life as he tries … Read More »

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TV Teaser: ‘CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story’

By | Monday August 26, 2013 @ 1:55pm PDT

The remaining members of 1990s R&B group TLC made a return to the MTV VMAs last night as part of the marketing blitz for their new VH1 biopic. CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story stars Keke Palmer as Chilli, Lil Mama as Left Eye, and Drew … Read More »

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VH1 Taps Susan Levison As Head Of Development

By | Wednesday August 7, 2013 @ 3:54pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

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 … Read More »

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VH1′s ‘CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story’ Debuts October 21: First Look Teaser

By | Thursday July 25, 2013 @ 10:57am PDT

Here’s your first real look at VH1‘s biopic of female R&B group TLC, starring Keke Palmer as Chilli, Lil Mama as Left Eye, and Drew Sidora as T-Boz. The 2-minute CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story teaser is light on behind the scenes story but highlights some painstaking … Read More »

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VH1 Morning Show ‘The Gossip Table’ Premieres June 3

By | Tuesday May 21, 2013 @ 9:00am PDT

The daily pop culture series will feature gossip columnists dishing on hot topics in a panel format. The Gossip Table will premiere on VH1 on Monday, June 3 at 9 AM as a summer replacement for Big Morning Read More »

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VH1 Announces ‘Downloaded’ Docu Theatrical & VOD Runs

By | Monday May 20, 2013 @ 4:41pm PDT

Alex Winter’s documentary about the rise and fall of Napster will open at Manhattan’s Village East Cinema on Friday, June 21 and the Sundance Sunset Cinemas in Los Angeles on June 28, VH1 announced today. Focusing … Read More »

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Trio Join VH1′s ‘Single Ladies’, Darin Brooks Added To ‘The Bold & The Beautiful’

By | Monday May 20, 2013 @ 12:43pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Letoya Luckett, Damien Wayans and Lesley-Ann Brandt have been added to VH1‘s series Single Ladies. They are set for major recurring/possible regular roles. Luckett … Read More »

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VH1 Releases 1st Look At TLC Biopic: Photo

By | Friday May 3, 2013 @ 12:20pm PDT

They look just like it was the early 1990s. VH1 today put out the first photo from its upcoming biopic Crazy Sexy Cool: The TLC Story. Left to right, there’s Drew Sidora as Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, Keke … Read More »

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VH1 & AOL Partner On ‘Downloaded’ Doc Distribution

By | Tuesday April 30, 2013 @ 1:39am PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Alex Winter’s documentary about about the rise and fall of Napster has a new online home. AOL will be making Downloaded available to visitors to its on.aol.com via streaming later this year. This is … Read More »

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Jeff Olde Named E! Head Of Programming

By | Wednesday March 27, 2013 @ 10:42am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

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.

Related: VH1′s Head Of Programming Jeff Olde To Depart

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. Read More »

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VH1′s Head Of Programming Jeff Olde To Depart

By | Wednesday March 27, 2013 @ 9:51am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Related: Jeff Olde Named E! Head Of Programming

EXCLUSIVE: I have learned that VH1‘s head of programming Jeff Olde is leaving the Viacom network after a seven-year tenure. … Read More »

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VH1′s ‘The Jenny McCarthy Show’ Gets Seven-Episode Renewal

By | Friday March 22, 2013 @ 8:29am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: VH1 is extending The Jenny McCarthy Show with an order for seven more episodes. The pop culture talk show, which premiered February 8, will wrap its original order with the show next Friday, March 29. … Read More »

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VH1′s TLC Biopic Casts 2, Kasha Kropinski Upped To Regular On AMC’s ‘Hell On Wheels’

By | Friday March 8, 2013 @ 6:42am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Evan Ross and Donny Boaz have been cast opposite Keke Palmer, Lil Mama and Drew Sidora in Crazy, Sexy, Cool: The TLC Story, VH1‘s biopic of R&B/hip-hop/pop group TLC. Ross will play Dallas Austin, … Read More »

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VH1 Picks Up Three New Shows, Renews ‘T.I. And Tiny’

By | Thursday February 21, 2013 @ 8:49am PST
Nellie Andreeva

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:
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Keke Palmer, Lil Mama & Drew Sidora Cast As TLC Trio In VH1′s Biopic Of R&B Group

By | Tuesday February 19, 2013 @ 9:47am PST
Nellie Andreeva

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. Read More »

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‘The Jenny McCarthy Project’ Aims For “Something Different”: TCA

By | Saturday January 5, 2013 @ 5:57pm PST

Diane Haithman contributes to Deadline’s TCA coverage.

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.” Read More »

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VH1 Orders Faux Matchmaking Reality Show

By | Monday December 3, 2012 @ 9:56am PST
Nellie Andreeva

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.” Read More »

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