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[06/12/06 - 12:00 AM]
VH1 Unleashes a Programming Heat Wave

[via press release from VH1]

VH1 Unleashes A Programming Heat Wave

VH1 Rock Docs: �The Drug Years,� �Driven: LL Cool J,� �The World Series Of Pop Culture,� �VH1 Storytellers: Pearl Jam,� �VH1 & IFILM�s Web Junk 20,� �I Love The 70s Volume 2,� �Celebrity Fit Club 4� And �Flavor Of Love 2� Highlight VH1�s Summer Programming

VH1 Classic And VH1 Soul Also Join The Summer Fun With Specials, Album Release Parties, Movies And More

Santa Monica, CA, June 12, 2006 � Pop culture gurus, a rapper�s legacy, viral videos, a storytelling band, drugs in pop culture, polyester, and Celebreality come full circle to create a scorching summer lineup on VH1.

VH1 Rock docS: �THE DRUG YEARS� PREMIERES MONDAY-THURSDAY, JUNE 12-15 AT 9 PM EACH NIGHT.

VH1, in association with Sundance Channel, has produced the original documentary series "The Drug Years," a four-part look at the rise of illicit drug use and its cultural impact in the second half of the twentieth century. Spanning the 1950's to the present, "The Drug Years" explores the development of a commercial drug culture in America, using archival footage, never-before-seen film and interviews to illustrate how popular culture -- including music, movies, comedy, television, and theatre -- both shaped and reflected public perceptions of illicit drugs. "The Drug Years" also looks at how drugs became part of the nation's political landscape, from the youth rebellions of the 1960's to the War on Drugs and beyond.

�DRIVEN: LL COOL J� PREMIERES SATURDAY, JULY 8 AT 9 PM ET/PT*

�Driven: LL Cool J,� explores the tumultuous and tragic childhood of the hugely successful, self-made man. From growing up in Queens, witnessing his parent�s explosive and violent marriage and suffering abuse at the hands of his mother�s boyfriend, LL emerged through it all establishing a world renowned musical career turning him into an international celebrity. From the worlds of music to those of television and film, LL�s career morphs into something phenomenal.

�Driven: LL Cool J� will give us a behind the scenes look of the struggle that brought him to absolute stardom and an insight to where he�s headed. With exclusive interviews from the people most influential in LL�s life and career including Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons, Run DMC, Fat Joe, LL�s wife, mother and childhood friends. This episode of �Driven� also spotlights rare footage of LL Cool J � from rapping in his grandmother�s basement to performing at �The Raising Hell tour.� Tune in for a never before seen glimpse into the life of a music icon.

�THE WORLD SERIES OF POP CULTURE� Premieres MOnday-FRIDAY, July 10-14 @ 10 PM* AND STARTING JULY 20 IT WILL AIR THURSDAYS AT 10 PM*.

VH1 and Entertainment Weekly test the country�s pop culture savvy with the new original series �The World Series of Pop Culture.� From the executive producer of �Who Wants To Be A Millionaire,� �The World Series of Pop Culture� is the ultimate pop culture competition designed for teams from across the country to display their astounding range of knowledge about everything music, television and film in pursuit of a $250,000 grand prize, provided by Alltel Wireless. NY1 News anchor Pat Kiernan and Lisa Guerrero host �The World Series of Pop Culture,� premiering Monday-Friday, July 10-14 at 10 PM*. Starting July 20, it will air Thursdays at 10 PM*.

�VH1 STORYTELLERS: PEARL JAM� PREMIERES SATURDAY, JULY 1 AT 10PM*

Pearl Jam�s Eddie Vedder, Stone Gossard, Mike McCready, Jeff Ament and Matt Cameron performed new songs from their latest self-titled album Pearl Jam in addition to past hits to a packed house at Avalon in New York City. The show follows the �Storytellers� format which includes questions from fans as well as a new interview with the band about their new album and the stories behind the songs.

Returning Series:

"VH1 & IFILM�s Web Junk 20" PREMIERES Friday, June 9 at 11:30 PM.

One person's "Web Junk" becomes another's e-mail treasure for a second season when VH1 and IFILM's hit viral video countdown show returns. Host Patrice O'Neal will once again guide viewers with his hilarious commentary, celebrating and bringing a unique perspective to all the weirdest, wildest and catchy internet video clips out there.

�I LOVE THE 70�S Volume 2� PREMIERES MONDAY-FRIDAY, JULY 10 - 14, BEGINNING AT 8 PM* & 9 PM* EACH NIGHT.

VH1 breaks out its leisure suits and disco ball to celebrate the era that was truly �Dy-no-mite.� We gave the sequel treatment to the 80s and 90s and now it�s the 70s turn to feel the love. A groovy 10-hour, five-night flashback, �I Love the �70s Volume 2� remembers the truth about the decade of disco, big collars and polyester. Celebrities weigh in on what was cool, bizarre, beautiful, puzzling and pretentious about the people, music, movies, TV shows, products, fashions, fads, trends and major events that defined pop culture during the decade. In this all-new VH1 special, �I Love the 70s Volume 2,� premieres two episodes per evening tapping our collective memories to cover the sublime, the ridiculous, and everything in between.

�CELEBRITY FIT CLUB 4� PREMIERES SUNDAY, AUGUST 6 AT 9 PM.

This summer get in shape with your favorite celebrities of �Celebrity Fit Club.� VH1�s popular fitness, nutrition and drama series is back for a fourth season. Ready for their chance on the giant scales, the �Celebrity Fit Club 4� cast includes Carnie Wilson (Wilson-Phillips), Vinnie Pastore (The Sopranos), Angie Stone (R & B singer), Nick Tuturro (NYPD Blue), Erika Eleniak (Baywatch), Bonecrusher (rapper), Tina Yothers (Family Ties) and Ted Lange (Love Boat). This summer will have them embarking on their own grueling fitness journeys and fighting together to reach their goals.

Also back for Season 4 are the show�s host ANT and VH1�s team of fitness experts. U.S. Marine trainer and drill sergeant Harvey Walden IV, author and medical correspondent Dr. Ian Smith and psychologist/body image expert Dr. Linda Papadopoulos team up to keep our celebs honest with the perfect mix of positive reinforcement and tough love.

�FLAVOR OF LOVE 2� Premieres Sunday, August 6 at 10pm.

Yeah Boyee!! Flava Flav is back and ready to open his heart to true love! After Flav and first-season winner Hoopz realized that their relationship would not work out, Flav became more determined to find love.

VH1 Classic

VH1 Classic�s new weekly movie franchise �Rock and Roll Picture Show� will feature such titles as �Hysteria: The Def Leppard Story,� �The Wall,� �The Song Remains The Same,� �Woodstock,� �Jimi Hendrix,� �Madonna : Truth Or Dare� and �Imagine: John Lennon.�

VH1 Classic�s �Class Of�� stunt will move to a monthly program premiering with �Class Of 1984.� Each monthly episode will highlight a specific year of classic artists who all have �graduated� into our memories that year.

VH1 Soul

From June 17�20 at 9 AM* and 5 PM* VH1 Soul will air exclusive album release parties spotlighting Corrine Bailey Rae�s newest self-titled album, �Corrine Bailey Rae� in conjunction with the album�s release on June 20. Then from June 24-27 at 9 AM* and 5 PM* VH1 Soul premieres India Arie�s Album Release Party for her new album, �Testimony Vol. 1: Life and Relationship.�

Each album release party will include listening parties showcasing the new album in its entirety, a block of the artist�s music videos, exclusive artist interviews and live concert performances. Songs from the album can be heard under the �Hear Music First� banner on vh1soul.com and vh1.com.

This June VH1 Soul is launching its �Summer of Soul� on-air campaign featuring R&B artist Kelis. The campaign includes all-new on-air graphics, artist soundbites on their favorite summer activities and new summer-oriented programming including summer editions of the �Speak Your Soul� request hour. Throughout July, VH1 Soul will support Kelis� newest album �Kelis Was Here� with an exclusive Album Release Party and Top 10 Countdown, hosted by Kelis.

VH1�s summer programming is set to keep you hooked on great music, pop culture and one of a kind storytelling. Learn more about VH1 Summer programming on VH1.com.





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· FLAVOR OF LOVE (VH1)
· WORLD SERIES OF POP CULTURE, THE (VH1)











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