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June 29, 2009

VH1 greenlights Pepa & Chilli reality shows

VH1 is giving two female hip-hop artists their own reality series -- Sandra “Pepa” Denton of Salt n Pepa and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas from TLC. Also, The Entertainer (from the “I Love NY” and “I Love Money” shows) will get his own series called “The Entertainer" and it will feature his parents and his basement bachelor pad. The as-yet-untitled “Pepa” and “Chilli” series as well as "The Entertainer" are scheduled to premiere in 2010.  

The network has also renewed “Celebrity Fit Club” for a seventh season and “Sober House with Dr. Drew” for a second season.

Recently VH1 also announced new primetime series including Jessica Simpson’s “The Price Of Beauty;” a series about the family and career of "American Idol" winner Fantasia Barrino; “The OCD Project,” about obsessive-compulsive patients living together; and “The Aspen Project,” a docusoap set in one of the wealthiest communities in the world. 

“VH1 has generated a lot of buzz over the years by evolving from an outlet that commented on pop culture to a brand that creates,” said Jeff Olde, executive vp, original programming & production, VH1. "With these projects, we’re continuing to evolve, building on our core storytelling expertise to delve deeper into personalities and issues that connect with millions of our viewers."

The "Pepa” series follows Denton as she begins her to search for love after living a celibate life for years. VH1 has ordered eight half-hour episodes and its produced by Tarver and Ken Druckerman for Left/Right, Inc. Executive Producers for VH1 are Shelly Tatro, Danielle Gelfand, Kari McFarland and Jeff Olde.

"Chilli" from R&B group TLC is also searching for romance and has enlisted the help of Brooklyn relationship expert Tionna Smalls. Eight half-hour episodes have been ordered and the show is produced by FremantleMedia North America. Larry Barron, Kevin Williams, Bill Diggins and Chilli are executive producers. Executive producers for VH1 are Jim Ackerman, Dave Hamilton and Jeff Olde. 

“The Entertainer” will star Frank “The Entertainer” Moresco and his parents. The 32-year-old Moresco lives in his parents’ basement and has been featured on the VH1 shows “I Love New York” and “I Love Money.” VH1 is giving him the opportunity to find love and some incentive to move out on his own. “The Entertainer” has been picked up for 10 one-hour episodes and is executive produced by Cris Abrego, Mark Cronin and Ben Samek for 51 Minds. Executive producing for VH1 are Jill Holmes, Kristen Kelly and Jeff Olde.

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