VH1 Greenlights Two New Series
With its overall ratings on the rise, VH1 has given the go-ahead to two new original shows aimed at pleasing the network’s ‘adultster’ audience (per VH1, that means “adults who are balancing new responsibilities with their desires to stay current with what’s happening in music and pop culture). The new series coming to the network in 2013 are Grand River Singers Project, which focuses on Wisconsin young adults looking for glory, and the Harlem tattoo shop-based Black Ink.
In addition, the network’s hosting a Friday night humor block with the return of Best Week Ever in January 2013 and the debut of the pop culture nostalgia series, Miss You Much, hosted by Catherine Reitman.
Announcing the lineup, VH1 Executive Vice President of Original Programming & Production Jeff Olde said,
“Fridays are when we exhale at the end of another hard week and embrace our weekends. Our Friday night block will reflect that spirit with shows that celebrate pop culture of the past – whether it’s the past decade or the past week. Best Week Ever is still revered among critics and viewers for deftly skewering and praising the pop culture events and celebrities of the week, so we’re happy to bring it back refreshed and slightly tweaked for these social-media saturated days. Miss You Much lovingly uncovers today’s stories about our teenage idols of the past, led by Catherine Reitman who brings infectious curiosity and nostalgic anticipation to each of her upbeat adventures.”
Added Olde, “Nostalgia, hip hop and authentic storytelling covering diverse aspects of pop culture are all topics that are connecting with VH1′s audience. Our new slate strengthens that connection while expanding upon our viewers’ interests. We can’t wait to share these shows.”
VH1 is also set to premiere Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap from Ice-T as part of the “Rock Doc” series.
VH1 NEW SERIES:
MISS YOU MUCH Sneak Peek Premieres Sunday, December 2 at 10PM ET/PT
Have you ever wondered what’s up with some of your favorite TV, movie or pop stars from the last 20 years? VH1 will give you the exclusive details in its new series Miss You Much, hosted by actress-comedienne Catherine Reitman. Not all young celebrities end up with a mug shot and an arrest record. Some have moved on to careers outside of entertainment, while many are still active in showbiz. Each week the show will profile three of your favorite celebrities as we take a peek inside at what they are doing now with their lives. Catherine spends a day with each celebrity and asks the questions all adoring fans would love to ask – even getting a little too ‘personal’ at times. Some of the celebs who will share what they have been up to include: Jamie Walters (90210), Jeff Timmons (98 Degrees), Lark Voorhies (Saved By the Bell), Jeremy Miller (Growing Pains), Romeo (rapper) and Jeremy Jackson (Baywatch). A sneak peek of the full Miss You Much premiere will debut on Sunday, December 2 at 10pm ET/PT. Miss You Much will debut as a weekly half-hour Friday night series in early 2013.
GRAND RIVER SINGERS PROJECT (Working Title) Premieres Summer of 2013
The series revolves around a young adult show choir in Wisconsin called the Grand River Singers where cliques, jealousy and love all blend together in this quirky musical family.
What some may say they lack in talent and execution, no one can deny they make up for in pure determination and heart. And this group has a LOT of heart. They have but one goal: to take the Grand River Singers out of La Crosse, Wisconsin and onto a much larger stage like the Great Wisconsin Cheese Festival or the Sheboygan Bratwurst Festival. Will they be able to set aside their egos and reach their goal or will they sabotage their own dreams and remain as unknowns in La Crosse?
BLACK INK (Working Title) Premieres Early 2013
Located in the middle of Harlem on 113th and Lennox Avenue, Black Ink is one of the few black-owned and operated tattoo parlors in New York City. It’s a magnet for hip hop stars both old school and new (Cam’ron, Jadakiss, Jim Jones, Asap Rocky, Corey Gunz) as well as pro athletes (Amare Stoudamire, C.C. Sabathia, Stephon Marbury, Brandon Spikes), video vixens and a who’s who of urban elite (Tyson Beckford, Keri Hilson). The employees are a tight but totally dysfunctional “family.” For many of them, this shop is the key to turning around their lives and for some of them it’s their first legitimate job off the streets. But can they survive all of the drama that is part of everyday life at the shop?
VH1′S 100 GREATEST KID STARS Premieres Thursday, November 29 – Sunday, December 2 at 9PM ET/PT
100 Greatest Kid Stars is a 5-part special hosted by Catherine Reitman (VH1′s Miss You Much), providing a nostalgic look back over the last 2 decades at some of entertainment’s biggest ‘little’ stars from Macaulay Culkin to Elijah Wood to Dakota Fanning. Each one-hour edition features performances along with new and original interviews with some of today’s biggest adult stars back in their ‘kiddie’ days like Anna Paquin, Lindsay Lohan, Michelle Williams, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Hanson, Lil’ Romeo, Mara Wilson, Taran Noah Smith, Sam Levine and many more. You’ll also see early musical performances of today’s biggest recording stars like Britney Spears, Justin Bieber, and Miley Cyrus when they were little and even more adorable.
BEST WEEK EVER Premieres Fridays – January 2013
VH1′s sardonic hit series Best Week Ever is returning after a 3-year hiatus with a fresh new look. The weekly series will examine all that was good, bad and “so-bad-it-was-awesome” in the world of pop culture news and gossip. All the juicy bits of celebrities’ lives to the crazy “I-can’t-believe-they-did-that” moments on the internet will all be discussed by your favorite funny talking heads. The series will also have an expanded social media aspect to the show.
SOMETHING FROM NOTHING: THE ART OF RAP Premieres Thursday, September 13(th) at 9PM ET/PT
Directed by rapper Ice-T, Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap goes deep into the heart of rap and hip hop music, featuring masters of the game including: Afrika Bambaataa, Big Daddy Kane, B-Real, Chuck D, DJ Premier, DMC, Doug E. Fresh, Dr. Dre, Eminem, Grandmaster Caz, Ice Cube, Ice-T, Kanye West, KRS One, Marley Marl, MC Lyte, Melle Mel, Nas, Q-Tip, Raekwon, Rakim, Redman, Run, Salt, Snoop Dogg and others. More than a performance documentary, The Art of Rap gets up close and personal with these legends of the game to share insightful, deep and often hilarious revelations as well as classic raps, new rhymes and acappellas. The documentary will air as part of VH1′s Emmy Award-winning “Rock Doc” franchise.
2012 DO SOMETHING AWARDS Premieres Tuesday, August 21 at 9:00 PM ET/PT
The Do Something Awards honors the nation’s best young world-changers. One extraordinary do-er (age 25 and under) will receive a life-changing $100,000 for his or her project. This year’s five nominees address crucial issues from improving the lives of Sudanese refugees, educating the youth of Honduras, and raising awareness of the global water crisis to promoting growth and healing of children through art and providing resources for foster kids to prepare for success when they turn 18. The 2012 Do Something Awards also credits celebrities who “do good.” This year’s nominees include Kristen Bell, Ben Affleck, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, Nicole Richie, Neil Patrick Harris, Channing Tatum, Emma Stone, and many others. The show will tape Sunday, August 19 at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica and air Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at 9:00pm EST on VH1. The star-studded event is hosted by the hilarious trio of gentlemen co-stars on the Golden Globe-nominated series New Girl, Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield and Lamorne Morris.