‘Dating Naked’ Airs a Naked Wedding — Because, Why Not?

Last night, VH1 aired a beautiful, touching ceremony of love in which two naked adults committed themselves to each other as at least a dozen other naked adults watched in awe. It was the much-anticipated Dating Naked Naked Wedding Special, featuring 27-year-old Ashley and 36-year-old Alika, who first met on an episode of the show. They instantly clicked — she is a sexually free, spirited hippie; he is a “sexual healer,” and much ado is made about his spirit fingers — and decided to do what many people do when they are ready to start a life together: They got married in front of reality show cameras while completely nude. … Read More

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The ‘Dating Naked’ Lawsuit and a Brief History of Reality Shows Getting Sued

Last week, a contestant on VH1’s reality show Dating Naked filed a $10 million lawsuit against Viacom for failing to properly blur her genitals during a recent episode. Jessie Nizewitz was aware of the nudity going into the show — it is titled Dating Naked, after all, though the show obviously blurs out breasts and genitals — but says when her episode aired, viewers could briefly see everything during a segment when she playfully wrestles with her date. This may seem like an absurd news story, but reality shows are constantly getting slammed by lawsuits. … Read More

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VH1’s ‘Dating Naked’ Is Perfect, Stupid Reality Television

We are living in the golden age of television. If you’ve read any article written about TV in the last few years, especially ones written during the months when Breaking Bad or Mad Men was on the air, then you’re already aware of this. For as long as critics have been throwing around this declaration — every decade since the ’60s has been a golden age! — other critics have been quick to dismiss it, scoffing at the idea that TV is any better than it once was. The current general consensus is that this golden age, the one focused on complex male antiheroes doing complex things, is coming to an end. To that, I say: What about Dating Naked? … Read More

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Is Linda Perry’s ‘Make or Break’ the Antidote to ‘American Idol’ and ‘The Voice’?

Within the first 30 seconds of her new VH1 show, Linda Perry manages to effectively shade every other music-competition reality series on TV. Success in the music industry, she tells us, is “not about spinning chairs and picking people out of a lineup — it’s about hard work in the studio.” As the former frontwoman of 4 Non Blondes and, more importantly, the songwriter and producer behind Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful,” much of Pink’s massively successful 2001 album Missundaztood, and even a good deal of Courtney Love’s post-Celebrity Skin output, Perry certainly has the authority to make that kind of statement. But with Make or Break: The Linda Perry Project, her aim isn’t just to challenge formulaic shows like The Voice and American Idol (both of which are currently in ratings free-fall) — it’s to change popular music. … Read More

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‘The ’90s,’ ‘I Love the 2000s,’ and TV’s Redundant Obsession With Nostalgia

In 2002, VH1 premiered I Love the ’80s, a fun miniseries dedicated to celebrities and comedians dissecting and discussing both the best and worst parts of ’80s pop culture. I Love the ’80s, which was actually based on a British series, became something of a phenomenon for the network. It was so popular that it spawned a ton of followup series: I Love the ’70sI Love the ’80s Strikes BackI Love the ’80s 3DI Love the ’90s, I Love the Holidays, and so on. For a while, I loved these funny, original, and yes, even informative shows, but they soon became routine, bloated, and obnoxious. Yet they keep happening. … Read More

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Your Weekly TV News Roundup: ‘Gotham’ Casts Bruce Wayne, E! Goes Royal

The television world moves so fast that by the time you learn of a show’s premiere, it could already be canceled. It’s hard to keep track of the constant stream of television news, so Flavorwire is here to provide a weekly roundup of the most exciting — and baffling — casting and development updates. This week, Bob’s Burgers gets an album deal, MasterChef Junior gets two more seasons, and VH1 gets the awful lineup that it deserves. … Read More

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Where Did All the Female Rappers Go? Reality TV

Earlier this week, NPR asked where all the female rappers had gone, and yesterday VH1 gave them their answer, albeit a weak one: a new reality show. This fall, the cable network responsible for “docudramas” like Love & Hip Hop and The Salt-n-Pepa Show will unleash White Girls of Rap into the world, yet again making female rappers a novelty item. … Read More

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Ben Stiller on ‘Zoolander': Its Origins, Its Appeal, and Its (Possible) Sequel

Over the weekend, tied to the upcoming release of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, the Film Society of Lincoln Center presented “Ben Stiller Directs,” a survey of the actor/filmmaker’s work behind the camera. After appearing at Saturday night’s Mitty screening, Stiller stuck around to introduce what is possibly his most beloved film, the male-model cult comedy classic, Zoolander. … Read More

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Master of the Mix: Meet the Winner, DJ Jayceeoh

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Shows like The Voice have long been guilty pleasures for us and plenty of other music fans (we won’t tell if you won’t), but there hasn’t been a real equivalent for the DJ talent we know abounds around the country. Enter VH1’s Master of the Mix, a DJ competition show which just crowned its winner, DJ Jayceeoh. We had a quick chat with the newly named mix master. … Read More

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Axl Rose Gives His First Live Interview in 5 Years

In case you weren’t aware, Friday was National Metal Day, and what a day it was. Black Sabbath announced (after much teasing) that they would be reuniting to headline the Download Festival with Metallica, followed by a worldwide tour. Next, VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show conducted an extensive interview with Guns ‘N Roses frontman and all-around legend Axl Rose — his first interview of any kind in 5 years, and his first televised one in over a decade. We’ve been worried about Axl for a while now, but he sounds much more lucid than we had imagined he might. Click through to watch as he talks about his pre-tour rituals, starting shows late (we heard he was 15 hours late even to this interview), violent fans, and trying to put the Challenger explosion on an album cover, among other things. … Read More

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