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    Behind The Music

    Behind The Music

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    VH1
    "Behind The Music" chronicles the personal lives of many of the most popular musical acts of the rock era, and occasionally strays into related subjects, such as Woodstock, Hair and radio pioneer Alan Freed, as well as 'year' episodes, which tell the events and issues of certain years through the music of the time. The series was born following the success of a VH1 documentary about heroin abuse. The producers strictly follow a policy of having complete cooperation from their subjects, even when delving into embarrassing issues, which prevents the show from falling into the pitfall of tabloid sleaze. They hunt down possible interviewees, sometimes using detectives, and ask direct, probing questions, which prompt revealing, and brutally honest (we hope) responses. Nominated for the Emmy for Outstanding Non-Fiction Series for four consecutive years, BTM has established a rigid formula. We explore humble beginnings, meteoric rises, major setbacks, personal struggles, crippling vices, devasting falls, and climaxes that include revivals, deaths, and career changes. Unfortunately (for us), success has crept in. As BTM became VH1's top-rated show, it also has become a vehicle for commercialism. In 2000, the market was flooded with BTM books, CD's, and videos, and the recording industry started to realise the direct influence the show has on music sales. Vanilla Ice reportedly sold four times more albums after his episode aired, and many back catalogue sales have increased. So the later episodes have veered away from the 'classic' artists, and feature trendy, marketable newer acts. Hence, there sometimes is precious little drama to the artists' stories, and the series has turned rather uneven. Still, there is an occasional worthy tale, though VH1 produces only three or four new episodes per season these days. It's sister show, "VH1's Storytellers", has also been revived .moreless
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    CMT Crossroads

    CMT Crossroads

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    CMT - Country Music Television
    Great music knows no boundaries. CMT Crossroads is a series that shows the far-reaching roots of country music by pairing country artists with musicians from other genres. Each episode will feature a different set of stars playing together, swapping stories and sharing their common love of music.moreless
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    TRL

    TRL

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    MTV - Music Television (ended 2008)
    Total Request Live (commonly known as TRL) is a television program on MTV that features popular music videos. The program plays the top ten most requested videos of the day, as requested by viewers who can vote by phone or online. The countdown starts with the tenth most requested video and ends with the most requested. The program generally airs every weekday for one hour. The roots of TRL go back to 1997 when MTV began producing MTV Live (originally hosted by British VJ Toby Amies) from a studio in Times Square in New York. MTV Live featured celebrity interviews, musical performances, and regular news updates. Music videos were not the major focus of the program. During the same time period, MTV aired a countdown show simply called Total Request, hosted by Carson Daly. Total Request was far more subdued, as Daly introduced music videos from an empty, dimly lit set. As the show progressed and gained more momentum with viewers tuning in, it was soon added to the list of daytime programming during MTV's Summer Share in Seaside Heights, New Jersey. The countdown would end up being one of the most watched and most interactive shows in recent MTV history that summer, proving that it had potential to become an even larger success by combining with the element of live television. By the fall of 1998, MTV producers decided to merge the real-time aspect of MTV Live and the fan-controlled countdown power of Total Request into Total Request Live, which made its official premiere from the MTV Studios in New York on September 14, 1998. The show has since grown to become MTV's unofficial flagship program. The widely known acronym of TRL was adopted as the official title of the show in February 1999, after former VJ's Carson Daly and Dave Holmes began using it on air regularly. The program is now rarely, if not ever, referred to as its original title Total Request Live. TRL spent its first year developing a cult-type following, by spring 2000 the countdown reached its peak, becoming a very recognizable pop culture icon in its first two years of existence; however, its influence seems to have greatly diminished since. TRL is MTV's prime outlet for music videos nowadays as the network continues to concentrate on reality-based programming. In addition to the music videos, TRL has daily guests as it is a popular promotion tool used by many musicians, actors, and other celebrities to promote their newest works to the show's target teen audience. Music videos that air on TRL are subject to a general "retirement" rule, that they may only remain on the countdown for a limited amount of days, the current cap is 50 days (previously 65, this number was reduced in 2002 in order to promote more diversity and give other artists a chance to enter the top ten). Artists who do manage to hang onto the countdown and reach retirement are awarded with a plaque, commemorating their achievement. On October 23, 2002, TRL celebrated its 1,000th episode. The show reached its seventh anniversary in September 2005, maintaining its stake as MTV's longest-running live program. In 2003, Carson Daly stepped down as the host of TRL in order to host NBC's Last Call. The show is currently hosted by a revolving door of VJs including Damien Fahey, Hilarie Burton, Quddus, La La Vasquez, Vanessa Minnillo, and Susie Castillo. On November 16, 2008 after 10 years on the air, TRL ended with a three hour long farewell celebration. Joining the party, were many famous celebrities, who helped define TRL, stopping by to reflect on their favorite TRL moments and also returning were the show's hosts throughout the years including Carson Daly.moreless
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    MuscleCar

    MuscleCar

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    Spike TV
    MuscleCar, a television program on Spike TV, features car enthusiasts rebuilding old American muscle cars from the ground up. The show also goes into how the cars were originally built, as well as their history in America's automotive tradition. The series delves deep into the lives of mechanics, painters and auto technicians as they attempt to restore classic automobiles to their glory days. The show was brought into a group of car-related shows called the Powerblock as of 2006. The show was orginially co-hosted by Lou Santiago and Jared Zimmerman before Zimmerman left to return to Rad Rides by Troy. Left by hmself, Santiago employed shop assistants to help present the show during this time. On October 1st, 2007, Rick "The Arsonist" Bacon became a new co-host on the show. Santiago remained on the show until later that month. His final show aired on Febuary 17th, 2008 with his offical on-air announcement of his departure. co-host of the series until his last taping of the show on Friday, October 26, 2007. The final show with him as host aired on February 17, 2008 with his on air official announcement of his departure. After Santiago left left the series, Bacon took over hosting duties along with new co-hos Brent Buttrey. Buttery then left, to be replaced by new co-host by Tommy Boshers.moreless
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    The Cleaner

    The Cleaner

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    A&E (ended 2009)
    From the creator of the Emmy Award winning series American Dreams The cleaner tells the story of William Banks. He's a recovering addict who struggles to maintain his own rocky personal life while he helps others get clean by any means necessary. William works with an eclectic group, and together they bring addicts of all kinds to the point where they are ready and willing to get help and begin the difficult process of getting clean. With every success and every failure, William must confront his own demons through his unusual relationship with God. He's a man caught between a deep love for his family, an unwavering commitment to his work, and the ghosts of his own addictions. This show is based on the real life story of Warren Boyd, one of the co-executive producers. The theme music is "Follow That Sound" performed by Sharon Little.moreless
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    Imagination Movers

    Imagination Movers

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    Disney Channel
    Playhouse Disney has begun production on a new preschool series called Imagination Movers, featuring the New Orleans-based music group of the same name. The series will focus on encouraging young viewers to utilize creative problem solving skills.moreless
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    Independent Lens

    Independent Lens

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    PBS
    Celebrate independent films with this Emmy award-winning PBS series. Each week spotlights new documentaries, dramas, shorts and other cinematic artistry by different filmmaking visionaries.
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    Zoom

    Zoom

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    PBS (ended 2005)
    Welcome to the ZOOM guide at TV.com.

    Originally shown in the 70s the Emmy award winning show is back!

    ZOOM is a show targeted at ages 6-11 but many people older than that watch it too! The show makes ZOOM-dos, CafeZooms, Znacks, ZOOMsci's, and more that you can do at home! They are time friendly and kid friendly! Many people watch the show because it is made by kids and for kids. Being shown on PBS Kids (Public Broadcasting Service), the show is nonviolent and is played without commercial interruption.

    Each season of ZOOM consisted of seven average kids (3 boys, 4 girls)called ZOOMers. The ideas for activities for the show were sent in by the viewers either by e-mail or snail-mail (Z-O-O-M box 350, Boston Mass.) At the beginning of each season, some of the old cast members would leave and be replaced with new kids, only two cast members stayed more than two seasons (Caroline, seasons 2-5, and Shing Ying, seasons 5-7).

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    Schoolhouse Rock

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    ABC
    Schoolhouse Rock! is an animated series of educational clips that uses songs to cover topics like grammar, social sciences, history, economics, mathematics, and civics for children that aired on ABC's Saturday Morning programming. David McCall, whose sons had trouble learning multiplications but easily memorized popular songs, started the show. Bob Dorough made the first song, "Three Is a Magic Number" which became part of the first season, "Multiplication Rock," along with "Ready or Not, Here I Come," and nine other songs accompanied by animation but Tom Yohe. The next season, "Grammar Rock," includes popular "Conjunction Junction," "Lolly, Lolly, Lolly, Get Your Adverbs Here," "Rufus Xavier Sasparilla," and "Unpack Your Adjectives," performed by jazz singer Blossom Dearie. There was also "Science Rock" and another season that's stood the test of time is "America Rock," which included "I'm Just a Bill" and "The Preamble." The next three seasons were "Computer Rock," "Money Rock," which included "Dollars and Sense" and "Where the Money Goes," and "Earth Rock." In 2002, a 30th Anniversary DVD was produced, and as recently as 2009 new songs have been produced for Schoolhouse Rock! affiliated products. The concept has proven to be a fun an educational program for children and adults alike.moreless
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    Desperate Landscapes

    Desperate Landscapes

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    DIY
    Backyard need a quick fix? Learn how to update it with the tips from the pros on this DiY show.
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    Battle for Ozzfest

    Battle for Ozzfest

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    MTV - Music Television (ended 2005)
    It's the heavy metal opportunity of a lifetime--the king and queen of darkness, Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, are looking for the next great band to rock the Ozzfest stage. MTV's giving you a VIP pass to watch it all go down. We held nationwide auditions to find 8 bands who will vie for one lucky shot at the grand prize: a highly coveted tour spot on Ozzfest 2005, plus band gear and enough money to cover all their expenses. But there's a secret twist or two that even the bands don't know about... Every episode delivers more road tests and eliminations by Ozzy and Sharon. The contestants are constantly faced with various tasks intended to test their strength, be it physical, mental, moral or musical, because in the end, only one band will be crowned champion and receive the Grand Prize package...if they're hardcore enough to handle it. The winners are.... Marc and A Dozen Furies, which got a slightly commanding 57%of the votes compared to Ryan and Cynders 43% Meet the Bands Season 1 A Dozen Furies *WINNERS* Represented by: Marc Marc is a 25 year-old Dallas native who says guitar playing is his main occupation. His influences include Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughn, but his current favorite is Coheed and Cambria. In late 2003, Marc hooked up with Mike, Keith, Joey and Bucky - friends he'd known from other bands and some as far back as middle school--to form A Dozen Furies. In the short time the band has been together, they've recorded a self-produced EP (Rip These Stars Down) and toured extensively. Cynder Represented by: Ryan Beyond All Reason Represented by: Ahmad Final Drive Represented by: Chelsea Guilt By Association Represented by: Brittany Trauma Concept Represented by: Jesse Manntis Represented by: Adair Sicks Deep Represented by: Kellymoreless
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    Beef: The Series

    Beef: The Series

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    BET
    The show's title refers to the slang version of the word meaning an argument or dispute. The show examines the disputes between celebrities and popular figures in the hip-hop and R&B communities of the music recording industry.moreless
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    HGTV Showdown

    HGTV Showdown

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    HGTV
    HGTV Showdown is an HGTV home improvement game show that pits two teams of home designers against each other in an all-out battle to see who can transform an ordinary room into a work of art. In each episode, a couple in need of a change in scenery are brought to the show, where one room from their home has been recreated in two replica rooms. Then, the couple meets with the two teams of designers and explains their interests and hopes for the new space. Then, the two teams renovate the room, and at the end the couple chooses a winner based on which room they'd rather live in The teams have four hours to complete the rooms, with access to the Dream Design Center where they'll find all the tools and equipment they could possibly need to create a world-class living space. HGTV Showdown is a fun, competitive series featuring top designers racing to out-design each other.moreless
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    Spike Video Game Awards

    Spike Video Game Awards

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    Spike TV
    Spike TV hosts an awards show for all things video game-related. Don't miss all the biggest names in th gaming world, as well as some Hollywood stars and musical performers.
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    Invitation Only

    Invitation Only

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    CMT - Country Music Television
    Country music's biggest stars give once a month performances.
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    The Artist's Studio

    The Artist's Studio

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    Plum TV
    The Artist’s Studio tours some of the world’s greatest artist’s workspaces. Plum TV explores their processes, inspirations, and histories of art world luminaries like Chuck Close and Richard Tuttle. Hear Close talk about his work’s transformation from abstract expressionism to his current work, using grids and abstract squares to create enlargements of photo portraits. He talks about the difference between working in his Hamptons studio, and his space in the city. Hear Richard Tuttle talk about his beginnings, having his work along side very important paintings by Mondrian and Albers early in his career. The artists discus interests and a lifestyle that is 100% Plum TV.moreless
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    Naked Vegas

    Naked Vegas

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    Syfy
    The series from the Syfy channel follows the team of Naked Vegas, located in Las Vegas, in the amazing conversion the naked human body into works of art for various events using mostly body paint.moreless
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    Fame

    Fame

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    (ended 1987)
    Based on the 1980 motion picture "Fame," this show tells the story of the students and faculty at the New York Art School. It was always their dream. To sing, to dance, to act and play music. They are young, ready to face life and new experiences. They are students who are going to give their best to finish Art School and become famous and rich. However, the fame costs, and the Art School is just the place where they'll pay for it. Fame started out as a 1980 theatrical movie. Two years later, it found a home on NBC. But in 1984, NBC canned the series and the show moved to syndication for four more years. The show was popular although NBC cancelled it. Various actors performed live concerts during the show's run.moreless
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    America's Best Dance Crew

    America's Best Dance Crew

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    MTV - Music Television
    Randy Jackson of American Idol fame brings us America's Best Dance Crew, ABDC for short, the MTV dance competition show that brought us memorable teams like Jabbawockeez, Super Crew, Kaba Modern, Beat Freaks, Quest Crew, and Status Quo. Hosted by Mario Lopez, the show pits dance crews in a weekly challenge based on a theme, doing their best moves to megamixes of pop and hip-hop music. Their performances are scored by the judges, hip hopper Lil' Mama, N'Sync alum JC Chasez, choreographer Shane Sparks, and R&B performer Omarion. The home audience then votes, and the 2 crews with the least votes face off and the judges send one team home. The crew that dances their way to the finish will leave with $100,000 and the golden b-boy trophy, but most importantly, the title of America's Best Dance Crew.moreless
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    PBS American Masters

    PBS American Masters

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    PBS
    Produced (or acquired) by Thirteen/WNET New York for the Public Broadcasting Service, episodes of American Masters are dedicated to documenting and honoring America's most notable creative artists and the inspiration behind their work. Each year a series of special broadcasts profiles a cross-section of the nation's finest artistic pioneers from the past and present.moreless
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