VH1’s ‘Hindsight’ Is a Breezy Escape to the ’90s

We’ve officially reached the point at which ’90s nostalgia is no longer reserved for Tumblr kids and BuzzFeed listicles — now it’s the basis behind television programs, too. Last year’s short-lived Surviving Jack took place in 1991, Girl Meets World exists solely because of fans’ love for the ’90s program that spawned it, and now VH1’s rare scripted series Hindsight follows Becca (a charming Laura Ramsey) as she jumps back in time to 1995 and gets the chance to redo her life. The script is littered with ’90s buzzwords, but underneath is a breezy, serviceable story about friendship.  … Read More

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VH1’s ‘Bye Felicia': Yet Another Terrible Makeover Show With a Racial Gimmick

First things first: Maybe you shouldn’t name your television show after a meme. “Bye Felicia” originated from an Ice Cube quote in the movie Friday and has since entered standard Internet parlance as a general term of dismissal. It’s confusing that VH1’s new reality show is named after this, not just because it’s a silly meme, but also because this series is supposedly about helping people, not dismissing them outright. Then again, maybe it is accidentally perfect for the series, because based on the pilot episode, Bye Felicia, which premieres tonight, should be dismissed quickly and entirely. … Read More

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VH1’s ‘Drumline’ Sequel Brings All the Formula — and Much of the Fun — of the Original ‘Drumline’

A made-for-television sequel to a theatrically released movie will never live up to the original, even if the original is mostly just about Nick Cannon drumming away his anger and father issues. The 2002 movie Drumline may not be the best movie ever made (though if I had my way, it would have a Criterion Collection release with no fewer than six separate commentary tracks, a beat-by-beat breakdown of the final drum battle, and a special-edition version of the movie that only includes the drum scenes), but it is still a fun, energetic, and basically enjoyable two hours. VH1’s Drumline: A New Beat (get it?) tries to match this by retelling much of the same story with a few percussion interjections. … Read More

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‘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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