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Awards Shows

Black History Month 2009 Is HERE

Posted by: kjpaloucek Unless you’re living under a rock, you should be aware that Black History Month has a bit more to celebrate this year than in previous years. Thankfully, that means that there’s a bit more to look forward to in terms of meaningful Black History Month-themed programming on TV … because, frankly, we know — things had been getting a little wanting during February. (An explicit reminder to network programmers: Slotting repeated showings of Pootie Tang is not only NOT acceptable Black History Month programming, it diminishes the dignity of the occasion.) Here’s an overview of some the […]

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Comedy

Crushin’ on Nickelodeon

Posted By RabbitEars Isn’t it romantic? Well, not to me, personally, but I’m sure plenty of teeny- and tweeny-boppers will be crushing on Nickelodeon’s “Crush Night” programming event, airing Feb. 7, the week before Valentine’s Day, from 8-9:30pm ET/PT. Pop idol David Archuleta and iCarly star Miranda Cosgrove co-host the event, which celebrates teen romance with songs (Archuleta performs his current hit “Crush”) and the premieres of some new episodes of hot Nick shows. First up, Archuleta plays himself in “iRocked the Vote,” a new episode of iCarly, as a contestant on an American Idol-like singing competition series who gets […]

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Magazine Archive

VH1’s Tribute To The Decade Is “Totally Awesome”

In case you haven’t noticed, VH1 loves the ’80s. We’re not just talking about the dozens — or is it hundreds? — of hours of programming the network has devoted to allowing celebrity panelists to wax nostalgic over every toy, trend and trinket the decade produced. VH1’s “celebreality” phenomenon will not allow the ’80s to die — or its has-beens to go unemployed. (And for that, Tina Yothers, C.C. DeVille and Hulk Hogan are thankful.) Now it’s time to take things to the next level. A totally awesome level. On Nov. 4, VH1 will premiere the purportedly “lost” ’80s comedy […]

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Magazine Archive

Ice-T Tries To Teach Privileged Prep-Schoolers How To Rap

Last year, VH1 borrowed the British series Gene Simmons’ Rock School — itself an adaptation of Jack Black’s 2003 film School of Rock — in which rock legend Gene Simmons instructed a class of uptight, privileged kids on the finer points of rock ‘n’ roll. Now, the network is giving the show a hip-hop makeover complete with a new teacher, Ice-T. Here’s what the rap legend had to say about Ice-T’s Rap School, which premieres Oct. 17, immediately following the third annual VH1 Hip Hop Honors, hosted by Ice-T himself. What made you want to do reality TV? Ice-T: I […]

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American Idol Fantasia Walks Right Into “A Fairy Tale”

“My life looks like a fairy tale in many ways, but you have to remember that life is not a fairy tale. I’m the American Idol … but I can’t even read a fairy tale to my 4-year-old daughter.” In her best-selling 2005 memoir, it was with this frank approach that Fantasia Barrino came clean about her illiteracy (she’s now working with tutors and pursuing her GED), sexual abuse and wild years growing up in North Carolina. While most people in the spotlight might be inclined to hide such a past from the media and fans, this 22-year-old felt that […]