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August 24, 2012 | By Ed Stockly
Click here to download TV listings for the week of Aug. 26 - Sept. 1 in PDF format This week's TV Movies   SERIES Home by Novogratz: Courtney and Bob head to Mammoth to meet Tony Hawk, whose 1970s ski lodge is severely outdated and in desperate need of their designer's touch in this new episode (7 p.m. HGTV). Redneck Island: The unscripted competition with a Southern flair wraps its first season (10 p.m. CMT). SPECIALS Katt Williams: Kattpacalypse: Doomsday prophecies, President Obama and other hot-button topics are in the comic's sights in this stand-up special, taped on New Year's Eve at the Nokia Theatre (10 p.m. Showtime)
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January 16, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
The evolution of funk music, Napster and Sharon Jones' battle with cancer are among the topics that will get the documentary treatment for VH1, the network announced on Thursday. VH1 revealed its slate of upcoming films as part of its Emmy Award-winning “Rock Docs” franchise. First to arrive is “Finding the Funk,” which explores the history and evolution of funk music and its impact on hip-hop and house music. PHOTOS: Iconic rock guitars and their owners Narrated by the Roots' Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, the documentary, premiering Feb. 4, will trace the funk explosion from Dayton, Ohio, to Detroit and include interviews with Sly Stone, Bootsy Collins, George Clinton, Nona Hendryx, Nile Rodgers, D'Angelo and Sheila E. Acclaimed filmmaker and journalist Nelson George helmed the documentary.
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August 1, 2010 | By Jon Caramanica, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Welcome to the humanist era of VH1. "I don't know anyone who goes in a relationship saying, 'I don't need openness, I don't need honesty,'" Chad Ochocinco said in the premiere episode of his new dating show, "Ochocinco: The Ultimate Catch." As celebrity daters go, Ochocinco is on the holistic end. A star wide receiver with the Cincinnati Bengals, and also a well-liked participant in the most recent season of "Dancing With the Stars," he's sufficiently famous. Yet on the first few episodes of this show, he often appears slightly dorky, as if he were still excited that he could have this many attractive women at his beck and call.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
J. Cole, Janelle Monáe, the Goo Goo Dolls and TLC are among the headliners for VH1's ambitious series of pre-Super Bowl concerts across New York, the network announced Thursday. Late last year, the network said it had teamed with the NFL to produce six late-night concerts in the week leading up to Super Bowl. The slate of shows will be anchored in each of New York's five boroughs and end on Super Bowl eve with a concert in New Jersey, where the big game will be played at MetLife Stadium and soundtracked by Bruno Mars' halftime spectacle.
SPORTS
August 13, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
Chad Johnson and wife Eva Lozada will no longer be featured in their own reality TV show following Johnson's arrest Saturday on suspicion of head-butting Lozada. Johnson, a six-time Pro Bowl wide receiver who formerly went by the name Chad Ochocinco, was to appear with Lozada in the upcoming VH1 series "Ev and Ocho," which was going to follow the lives of the couple, including their recent wedding. VH1 issued this statement on its website: "Due to the unfortunate events over the weekend and the seriousness of the allegations, VH1 is pulling the series 'Ev and Ocho' from its schedule and has no current plans of airing it. " Johnson was arrested Saturday on suspicion of domestic battery after an argument with Lozada about a receipt for condoms she found in the car trunk.
BUSINESS
August 27, 2009 | Joe Flint
Can you have too much love? That's what VH1 is starting to wonder. The Viacom-owned cable network, whose top five shows this year all have the word "love" in the title, is reassessing its heavy reliance on dating and relationship shows. Although the network says it was already plotting a new direction, that shift has taken on greater urgency since one of its reality show participants, Ryan Jenkins, apparently killed himself after becoming the lead suspect in the murder of his former wife Jasmine Fiore.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 13, 2012 | By Yvonne Villarreal
It's over before it even started: VH1 has canceled "Ev & Ocho" after the arrest of former NFL player Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson over the weekend. The series, which followed Evelyn Lozada (a staple on the network via "The Basketball Wives") and her new hubby, was scheduled to debut Sept. 3 - it followed the couple in the weeks leading to their nuptials, which took place July 4. But after Johnson's arrest Saturday on domestic violence charges - he allegedly head-butted Lozada during an argument at their Florida home - the network has dropped the series.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 27, 2012 | By Matthew Cooper
Click here to download TV listings for the week of July 29 - Aug. 4 in PDF format This week's TV Movies SUNDAY He was fast and furious long before "The Fast and the Furious. " Three-time Formula One champ Ayrton Senna, who died behind the wheel at the San Marino Grand Prix in 1994, is saluted in the gripping 2010 documentary "Senna. " (ESPN2, 7 and 9 p.m.) Up close and personal: Two teenage Navajo track stars share their stories in "Up Heartbreak Hill" on a new "POV," and Olympic weightlifter Cheryl Haworth is profiled in "Strong!"
ENTERTAINMENT
June 12, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
MTV, VH1 and CMT are looking to celebrate America's independence the old-fashioned way. Not with burgers and hot dogs and fireworks, but by playing music videos on their channels in what they're calling "Music Independence Day. " The plan is that all three networks will play music videos on July 4th from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. EDT/PDT. What makes this plan even more intriguing is that they're branching out from just the standard Top 20 playlists or classic hits. While there will be big names and classic moments from music history spotlighted, they're also looking to play music from new and emerging artists, culled from music submitted to the music networks' new online music discovery site called the Artists' Platform.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 3, 2012 | By Yvonne Villarreal and Greg Braxton, Los Angeles Times
Tami Roman's first experience with reality television turned out to be an early landmark in the genre. During the second season of MTV's groundbreaking "The Real World," a male cast mate aggressively yanked a blanket off a half-naked Roman while she was lying in bed. The scene escalated into rape allegations and resulted in the first expulsion from the show. Nearly two decades later, Roman returned to reality television as a star of VH1's "Basketball Wives," which recently wrapped its fourth season.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 30, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
VH1 will look at hip-hop's influence on culture with a four-part documentary, the network announced  Wednesday.   Based on Steve Stoute's best-selling book, “The Tanning of America: How Hip-Hop Created a Culture That Rewrote the Rules of the New Economy,” VH1's documentary will provide a visual history of “the hip-hopification of America” -- which Stoute coined in his book as “tanning.” The series, which falls under the network's Emmy-winning...
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October 14, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
With Bruno Mars expected to deliver a dazzling halftime show during Super Bowl XLVIII in February, a slew of acts will play warm-up to him and help kick off the biggest sporting event of the year with concerts in the days leading up to the big game . VH1 has teamed up with the NFL to host six concerts in the week leading up to Super Bowl, the network has announced. Taking advantage of MetLife Stadium's close proximity to New York -- the stadium that will host the game is just a stone's throw away in New Jersey -- the bulk of the concert series will be anchored in each of New York's five boroughs and end with a show in New Jersey on the eve of Super Bowl.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 9, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Country singer LeAnn Rimes and her husband, actor Eddie Cibrian, will star in a new VH1 series, tentatively titled “LeAnn & Eddie,” based on the lives of the celebrity couple. It's initially ordered as a six-episode series and is slated to premiere later this year or early in 2014. It's not known yet whether the show will be scripted or a conventional reality series, but Rimes recently told the Associated Press that the latter “kind of typical model doesn't work for us. " She said they were interested in “a show based in reality… A scripted show based around or lives.” PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times Rimes and Cibrian have been married for two years, having met while filming the Lifetime movie “Northern Lights.” Rimes, Cibrian and his ex-wife, actress Brandi Glanville, were regular subjects of tabloid coverage, often revolving around a Twitter war between Rimes and Glanville.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 25, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy, This post has been updated. See note below
When VH1 announced plans for a biopic on groundbreaking R&B/hip-hop/pop trio TLC, there were plenty of questions. Who would play the pop trio known for its brazen anthems? How much of their fiery interpersonal drama would be documented? Would the band's surviving members play a role? Actress-singer Drew Sidora, rapper Lil Mama and Keke Palmer channel T-Boz, the late Left Eye and Chilli, respectively, to near-perfection for the film that traces their rise to fame -- and of course their struggles.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 12, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
MTV, VH1 and CMT are looking to celebrate America's independence the old-fashioned way. Not with burgers and hot dogs and fireworks, but by playing music videos on their channels in what they're calling "Music Independence Day. " The plan is that all three networks will play music videos on July 4th from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. EDT/PDT. What makes this plan even more intriguing is that they're branching out from just the standard Top 20 playlists or classic hits. While there will be big names and classic moments from music history spotlighted, they're also looking to play music from new and emerging artists, culled from music submitted to the music networks' new online music discovery site called the Artists' Platform.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 23, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Ripples continue from the death on Monday of Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek, including a night on VH1 Classic devoted to the band's music and the rescheduling of an event with Doors drummer John Densmore. Manzarek died at a hospital in Germany at age 74 after a long battle with bile duct cancer. Thrusday night, VH1 Classic has lined up “The Doors: Live at the Bowl,” the concert the quartet played July 5, 1968, at the Hollywood Bowl. It will be shown at 8 p.m. PDT and EDT, and repeated at 10:30 p.m. After the first airing of the Bowl concert, VH1 Classic will show the one-hour documentary “Classic Albums: 'The Doors.'” a look at the making of the band's 1967 debut album, featuring interviews with Manzarek, Densmore and guitarist Robby Krieger.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 2009 | From A Times Staff Writer
The VH1 cable channel has given renewal orders to five series: "I Want to Work for Diddy," "Brooke Knows Best," "Gotti's Way 2," "Tool Academy" and "Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew." The latter series won't be the only one with Dr. Drew Pinsky. VH1 also has ordered eight episodes of "Sex Rehab With Dr. Drew," about a group of people in L.A. struggling with sex addiction. It's due to premiere this fall.
NEWS
August 20, 1995 | N.F. MENDOZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A.J. Hammer's got "The Look," the kind Roxette sings about in that cloyingly catchy pop song. As one of the mellower music network's newest hosts, Hammer seems to be turning a lot of heads and getting them to tune in to "Music Machine" weekdays and "VHI's Top Ten" weekly.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 19, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
The VH1 biopic of platinum-selling girl group TLC is taking shape. Rapper and VMA stage crasher Lil Mama, Keke Palmer and actress-singer Drew Sidora (“The Game”) are set to portray the groundbreaking R&B/hip-hop/pop trio known for its brazen anthems and fiery interpersonal drama. "I would sing 'No Scrubs' over and over again to the point my parents would have to tell me to stop, but I never did, I had my little hairbrush as my mic and nobody could tell me I wasn't the fourth member of TLC," Palmer said in a statement announcing her casting.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 16, 2012 | By Randy Lewis, This post has been corrected. See note below
It's a good bet that a fair amount of homework went undone Monday night for about 3,000 students from five Claremont colleges. Rather than hunkering down over their books, students piled into Pomona College's Bridges Auditorium and spent most of the evening with Taylor Swift, who used the opportunity to tape a new edition of “VH1 Storytellers.” In an unusually smooth television taping - there were few pauses and no stops for retakes -...
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