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    VH1's Top 20 Countdown

    VH1's Top 20 Countdown

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    VH1's Top 20 Video Countdown is a weekly, two and a half hour show that counts down the hottest twenty videos of the week. With VH1's Jim Shearer as host, every week we check out which videos are soaring in popularity and making moves up the countdown. The countdown is made up by the people, who can vote for the rankings on V-Spot. The show also primieres new videos and talks to various musical artists and actors who stop by to promote their latest projects.moreless
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    Behind The Music

    Behind The Music

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    "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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    VH1 Storytellers

    VH1 Storytellers

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    This acclaimed series began with a broadcast of Ray Davies talking about his songs and performing them solo, as part of his own "Storyteller" concert tour in 1996. Ray being one of more eloquant and insightful writers of our time, the show was well-received, and other performers were lined up. Many of popular music's greatest artists and songwriters have taped episodes, mostly in intimate settings, some taking audience questions and telling first-hand stories about their writing and personal experiences. By definition, the series is rather uneven, (after all, if you're not a fan of the performer, it's not your cup of tea). But it has produced many inspiring moments and memorable performances. As of November 2008, 79 episodes have aired, many in conjunction with its sister series, "Behind The Music". CD's and DVD's of episodes are available, including some "Best Of" and "Lost Songs" collections. It was listed as on hiatus from 2002 to 2005, then a few occasional episodes have been taped, mostly in conjunction with the artist's latest release.moreless
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    Pop-Up Video

    Pop-Up Video

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    VH1 (ended 2002)
    Pop-up Video features five of VH1’s most popular videos each episode. A graphical info-bubble “pops-up” on the screen with trivia facts pertaining to the video.
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    Classic Albums

    Classic Albums

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    This series looks at the writing and recording of some of the greatest albums of our era. Musicians, producers, and engineers are interviewed in the studio, and the master tapes are played, sometimes isolating particular channels, to highlight certain instrumental sounds or voices. Many of the musicians play live along with the tracks, demonstrating how they played the parts. In some cases, group members are reuniting after considerable time as they reminisce together. This is usually interspersed with some vintage clips and photos of concert performances. The BBC produced series began in 1997, with Ringo Starr as narrator. Later episodes have no narrator. The first seven episodes were licensed to VH1 for showing in the US, then periodically more were released, one at a time. Some have been shown on A&E, PBS, and Biography Channel. One or two were repackaged by VH1 as 'Ultimate Albums'. In April 2006, 26 DVD's were released as 'VH1's Classic Albums', with additional footage and bonus features. In October 2006, the show began a weekly airing on VH1 Classic on Tuesday evenings. The original airdates in some cases are sketchy, as VH1 are rather tight-lipped about past programming, preferring to focus on upcoming 'premieres'. Contrary to most TV series' DVD releases, episodes of this show are now being debuted on DVD, with expanded footage, months before the 'premiere'.moreless
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    The Greatest

    The Greatest

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    VH1's Greatest series presents definitive rankings of the best songs, artists, albums, and everything else in rock 'n' roll. Each countdown is revealed by a celebrity host, and through new interviews and classic footage, you'll also learn the reasons behind our experts' choices. Sure to spark controversy, but always fun to watch, The Greatest is your crash course in the most important topics in music.moreless
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    VH-1 Legends

    VH-1 Legends

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    VH1 (ended 2002)
    Each episode profiles on the of most influencial popular musicians in American music history.
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    Random Play

    Random Play

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    VH1 (ended 1999)
    Random Play is a short lived VH1 Comedy Sketch show It had parodies of such things like the Lilath fair, Backstreet Boys, Spice Girls. I never heard of this show until one day in 1999 when I was watching Vh1(dont know why) and saw a commercial for a new sketch comedy show w/ Bruce from kids in the hall Random Play Aired on Saturday nights for awhile and then disapeard, Like the Short Lived Hype on the WB except it was on Sundays.moreless
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    Where Are They Now?

    Where Are They Now?

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    VH1 (ended 2003)
    A show that gave updates on our favorite recording artists from the 1960s through the 1990s.
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    My Generation (1998)

    My Generation (1998)

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    VH1 (ended 1998)
    Two teams, each from a different graduating year, have to guess song titles from the years they graduated to the present.
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    Rock & Roll Jeopardy!

    Rock & Roll Jeopardy!

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    Welcome to the Rock & Roll Jeopardy! guide at TV.com! What do you get when you cross one of the most beloved game shows in TV history with the sound that forever changed popular music for all time? You get Rock & Roll Jeopardy! On August 8, 1998, VH-1 (the sister music channel to MTV) launched R&RJ!. What it is, basically, is the game of Jeopardy! we've come to know and love; only the categories are all about rock and roll music, from Bill Haley & The Comets to The Beatles to Britney Spears. The show is hosted by the 'tall, dark, and handsome' Jeff Probst, who before R&RJ! was a reporter for the syndicated Access Hollywood, and before that, was seen on cable channel FX (the same channel where current Hollywood Squares host Tom Bergeron got his start); and also features Loretta Fox as its announcer.moreless
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    Rock of Ages

    Rock of Ages

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    VH1 (ended 1998)
    Two generations of rock music fans debate over what rock song is the best.
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    Stand Up Spotlight

    Stand Up Spotlight

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    VH1 (ended 1994)
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    Vinyl Justice

    Vinyl Justice

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    VH1 (ended 1998)
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    Naked Cafe

    Naked Cafe

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    Naked Cafe was a magazine and entertainment show on VH1. It premiered in October 1994 and ran for 17 episodes. The show featured backstage footage, live sessions, interviews and profiles of prominent musicians, as well as other celebrities considered to be of interest to the channel's target audience. Guests who appeared on Naked Cafe include David Bowie, Mick Jagger, Melissa Etheridge, Jeff Buckley, Conan O'Brien, and Depeche Mode's David Gahan. Naked Cafe was produced and directed by Jennifer Heftler and Lisa Page.moreless
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    Rock Candy

    Rock Candy

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    VH1 (ended 1999)
    musical documentary satire
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    Rumor Has It

    Rumor Has It

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    VH1 (ended 1993)
    coming soon...
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    Before They Were Rock Stars

    Before They Were Rock Stars

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    VH1 (ended 2001)
    A show which looked at the early appearances of today's music stars.
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    The RuPaul Show

    The RuPaul Show

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    VH1 (ended 1998)
    Drag diva and self-declared "Supermodel of the World" RuPaul Charles hosted 100 episodes of this groundbreaking VH1 talk show. In the tradition of the flashy 1970s variety shows, each episode opened with RuPaul making her entrance on a flashy set; she then walked down a runway (shades of Cher) and performed a verse or two of a song. Ru would then ask the audience how they liked her outfit, show them the "front" and the "back" of the dress, and then head to the couch for talk.
    Her series showcased an eclectic mix of celebrities, from gay icons like Cher and k.d.lang to pop singers (an early appearance by Backstreet Boys) to minstream entertainers like Nell Carter and Lynda Carter.moreless
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    Take It to the Bridge

    Take It to the Bridge

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    Take It to the Bridge is a music talk show from VH1 in the UK, where artists stop by Bridge studios to talk about their latest albums and to perform an acoustic version of some of their hit songs. Hosted by VJ Johnnie Fiori, each episode showcases one artist. The season starts off with former band member of the British rock group Squeeze, Nick Harper, sitting down with Fiori to discuss his new solo album. Later on, the artist grabs his guitar to play a rendition of "This Summer" and "Walk Away" for viewers at home. The rock band AC/DC appears in the next segment, and Malcolm and Angus Young perform a rare acoustic version of "Hail Caesar" from their album, Ballbreaker. Other artists that visit the bridge later in the season include Belinda Carlisle, Kylie Minogue, Chris Chavez and Peter Green. Fiori also takes The Bridge to the streets of London, visiting popular concert venues and national award shows. moreless