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By Chris Kaltenbach | August 13, 1997
After years of frittering away his talent in Hollywood and Las Vegas, Elvis had something to prove in 1968. And boy, did he.His throne threatened by the Beatles, his relevance barely registering, Elvis came back with a television special that rock and roll writers are still rhapsodizing over. You can see that special Friday night at 9 on VH1 (some of the best moments come during an unforced, bare-bones sit-down session -- Elvis knew about going "unplugged" decades before it became fashionable)
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By Joe Flint | July 18, 2012
DirecTV subscribers have lost"SpongeBob SquarePants," "The Daily Show" and "Mob Wives. " Unable to reach a deal with Viacom, parent of several popular cable channels, including MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and VH1, DirecTV is no longer carrying the media giant's networks. DirecTV has almost 20 million subscribers around the nation. Both sides blamed each other for the channels coming off of the satellite broadcaster on Tuesday evening. Viacom said DirecTV dropped the channels without warning.
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By Andy Meisler and Andy Meisler,New York Times News Service | February 7, 1995
At 9 o'clock, Eastern time, on a recent Friday night, the cable-television music channel VH1 pre-empted its regular programming to sell concert tickets. By arrangement with the rock star Tom Petty, VH1 offered its viewers first crack at 19,200 prime seats -- 400 tickets, at $25 to $45 apiece, for concerts in each of the 48 cities on Mr. Petty's coming tour.In the first 15 minutes of this experiment, viewers tried more than 500,000 times to call an "800" number that the channel flashed on the screen.
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By Jordan Bartel, The Baltimore Sun | July 13, 2012
Their show is called "Mama Drama," but Gina Obrien and her daughter, Marcella Peters, don't quite act like drama queens. Unless you consider the clothes. You're pretty much forced to consider the clothes, which cry out for attention. The two wear matching outfits. All the time. Head to toe. From the artificial hibiscus flowers in their hair to their orange sandals (they have 225 matching pairs of shoes). And their matching mani-pedis. Pajamas? "Matchy-matchy," Obrien says Thursday afternoon in their Parkville home.
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By Jean Prescott and Jean Prescott,Knight-Ridder News Service | June 22, 1995
If you want to do music live on TV, you hire a guy who knows how to do it. And Ken Ehrlich, producer of "VH1 Honors," knows how. He's the man who has tried for the past 15 years to tame the beast called Grammy."
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By Robert Hilburn and Robert Hilburn,LOS ANGELES TIMES | April 30, 1996
LOS ANGELES -- Talk about strange evenings."VH1 Honors" on Sunday night at the Universal Amphitheatre was such an odd mixture of pure magic and disheartening mess that you wondered the next morning if it wasn't all just a dream.In key moments, the "VH1 Honors" concert showed the potential to touch us with an almost spiritual grace. The 2 1/2 -hour program, televised live on VH1, saluted Witness, a watchdog organization co-founded in 1992 by rock singer Peter Gabriel that encourages people around the world to document human rights violations with video cameras and other means.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | November 24, 1999
Think of "VH1 Collectors" as "Antiques Roadshow" with a rock and roll beat.Saturdays at noon beginning this week, VH1 will offer the chance to have your rock collectibles appraised, show off your collection to the envious masses and listen as celebrities describe what they collect. You may even be able to pick up a few items yourself.Already, the roving band of VH1 appraisers has visited Cleveland, Miami, Las Vegas and Austin, Tex., and they've turned up such items as an outfit worn on stage by the O'Jays (the thing practically screams '70s)
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By Kevin Cowherd and Kevin Cowherd,SUN STAFF | April 22, 1997
The first thing you have to do if you watched all 18 hours of "The Monkees" marathon on VH1 yesterday is examine your life.Am I eating right? Am I getting enough exercise? Is it finally time to put down the remote, get out of these Doritos-stained silk pajamas and find a job? These are all questions you want to ask yourself.You might also want to fax a question to VH1 executives, namely: Why now? Was a Monkees marathon something the country was clamoring for? Were there people at cocktail parties sipping Amstel Lights and raking a celery stick through the onion dip and wondering: "Whatever happened to Mickey Dolenz?
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October 8, 2007
Critic's Pick -- Influential pioneers and players in the world of rap music like Missy Elliott get their due in VH1 Hip Hop Honors (10 p.m., VH1).
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By Rafer Guzman and Rafer Guzman,Newsday | July 19, 2007
For some children of the '80s, the era of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll ended with the arrival of the somber '90s, and the steady advance of adulthood and responsibility. Others, however, kept on partying. On TV Rock of Love with Bret Michaels airs Sundays at 10 p.m. on VH1.
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | March 21, 2012
When you accuse your man of cheating, what better way to do it than on TV? La La Vasquez doesn't mess around. But Melo, well, she thinks he just might be. Fans of the Baltimore-raised basketball star are all a-twitter this week after La La dropped a bit of a bomb on Monday's episode of her VH1 show, "La La's Full Court Life. " Approaching one of her husband's assistants -- a young, attractive, single one -- La La throws down a little, ""I just want to know: Are you messing with my man?
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By Jordan Bartel, b | November 13, 2011
Everything you need to know about what's going on 11/14-11/20. MOVIES OPENING (Friday; Subject to change) Being Elmo  Happy Feet 2 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 NOTABLE TV MONDAY Basketball Wives L.A. (season finale; 8 p.m.; VH1) Clue (miniseries premiere; 8 p.m.; The Hub) The Bad Girls Club: Reunion, Part 2 (special; 9 p.m.; Oxygen) Love & Hip Hop (season premiere; 9 p.m,; VH1) Diane Sawyer interview with Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (special; 10 p.m.; ABC)
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June 30, 2008
Tennis Wimbledon 7 a.m. [ESPN2] What's the deal here? Venus and Serena Williams are playing their matches back-to-back on Court 2? To quote Patrick Swayze in Dirty Dancing, "Nobody puts Baby in the corner." (Coverage also at 10 a.m. on channels 11 and 4 and back on ESPN2 at 1 p.m.) Swimming U.S. Olympic trials 8 p.m. [USA] Keep in mind that those high-tech swimsuits the competitors have on cost more than the suit you're wearing to work. Music 100 Greatest Songs of the '90s 8 p.m. [VH1]
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By Martin Miller | January 10, 2008
Brigitte Nielsen, who has made a second career out of third and fourth careers, puts it this way: "People who don't have a heart are going to find it entertaining, but really it's educational and it should be looked at in that way." The Danish-born actress is referring to her earnest participation in VH1's Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew, which premieres at 10 tonight and co-stars eight other low-rung celebrities battling for sobriety. Some, such as Nielsen, who had to drink half a bottle of vodka to make the initial phone call for rehab, are still winning: Almost six months after taping the program, she said, she hasn't had a drink.
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October 8, 2007
Critic's Pick -- Influential pioneers and players in the world of rap music like Missy Elliott get their due in VH1 Hip Hop Honors (10 p.m., VH1).
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By Rafer Guzman and Rafer Guzman,Newsday | July 19, 2007
For some children of the '80s, the era of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll ended with the arrival of the somber '90s, and the steady advance of adulthood and responsibility. Others, however, kept on partying. On TV Rock of Love with Bret Michaels airs Sundays at 10 p.m. on VH1.
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 2, 1996
Why so many repeats tonight? Because the November ratings sweeps, the competitive period in which audience levels are used to set advertising rates for the next few months, just ended. The stakes are lower now; accordingly, so is the level of programming."Melrose Place" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45 ) -- Here's one show offering a first-run episode tonight, though -- one that continues the story line about Amanda's quest to reclaim something she's lost recently: her backbone. Fox."Oops!
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By Letta Tayler and Letta Tayler,NEWSDAY | April 10, 2001
Two months ago, neo-soul singer Jill Scott was a nominee for best new artist at the Grammy Awards. This week, she's a diva. Scott is one of a half-dozen singers scheduled to perform with Aretha Franklin on "VH1 Divas Live," to be broadcast tonight from Radio City Music Hall. This year's "Divas" is subtitled "The One and Only Aretha Franklin" and will be a tribute to the Queen of Soul, who is unquestionably a diva. And the lineup is, unquestionably, exciting. But no matter what VH1 calls this show, the channel's fourth annual "Divas Live" telecast, it's about two divas, not several.
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By McClatchy-Tribune | July 15, 2007
On the outside, Scott Baio looks like he has it all. Good looks, money, friends, a pretty blond girlfriend. On the inside, he's one screwed-up dude. And for viewers of VH1, that's going to make for a lot of fun in the coming weeks. Baio is the centerpiece in the reality show Scott Baio is 45 ... and Single, making its premiere tonight. It's an entertaining, emotional hour built around the one-time Hollywood hunk's quest to find out why he's still single. Oh, how we love to watch stars struggle!
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