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VH1’s Dating Naked is one of my new favorite shows. Besides pushing the envelope with, well, naked dating, the show gives viewers the chance to observe whether intimacy can be developed when partners are allowed to see each other’s goods right from the start. But unfortunately for one contestant, runway model Jessica Nizewitz, it looks like dating prospects and cuddy will be at an all-time low because of the show.
Nizewitz starred in the third episode of Dating Naked and claims that despite producers’ assurances that her genitals would be blurred out during the show, when it aired, viewers were able to see what the good Lord blessed her with from a back-end shot that was captured as she wrestled with her date. Now the 28-year-old Long Island native is filing a lawsuit against Viacom for $10 million. Nizewitz exclusively told The New York Post:
“I felt lied to, manipulated and used. I was horrified. I immediately started getting text messages. Everyone saw it. One of the messages read, ‘So your money shot is on cable TV.’”
Nizewitz’s grandmother saw the episode and now isn’t interested in speaking to her. “She’s probably mad. My parents are just annoyed,” Nizewitz relayed to The Post.
In her lawsuit, Nizewitz names Viacom (the parent company that owns VH1), Firelight Entertainment and Lighthearted Entertainment. Besides facing public humiliation, Nizewitz said the episode has cost her a budding relationship.
After the episode aired, her love interest stopped calling her. “I would have hoped we could have had a long-term relationship. He was employed, Jewish, in his 30s and that’s pretty much ideal,” Nizewitz shared.
Below is a blurred photo of the money shot seen around the world.
I know some of you had your doubts about Drumline getting a sequel, Drumline: A New Beat. And then some of those fears quelled when you learned that Nick Cannon was not going to be playing the lead. (He’ll just have a cameo.
Earlier this summer we told you that Letoya Luckett would be jointing the cast as Dr. Nia Phillips, a dean at Atlanta A&T, with former romantic ties to Sean–you know, the dude who made Devon’s life a living hell for a few months in the first movie? Leonard Roberts will reprise his role as Sean, by the way.
What’s interesting about this new flick is that the main character is a girl, Danielle “Dani” Bolton. VH1, reported that this character is a talented drummer from Brooklyn, who defies her parents in order to attend Atlanta A&T and restore their once notable drumline. Dani’s goal is to become the drumline’s first female section leader. But upperclassmen and even feelings for another band mate could put a halt to those plans.
So, we’ll have a little romance.
And what’s particularly interesting is that the role of Dani will be played by Alexandra Shipp. Does that name sound familiar? She’s the same girl who’s signed on to play the role of Aaliyah in the new, and controversial, Lifetime biopic. So we’ll get to see what this Shipp girl is made of.
Check out the rest of the characters and the trailer for the new film on the following pages.
Earlier this year, we told you that filming began for “Love & Hip Hop LA,” but producers were missing a key component: a notable celebrity to headline the series. It was later reported that Ray J was able to sign on to do the show after all and that he brought a super messy love triangle involving his current girlfriend, Princess Love, and rumored love interest Teairra Mari, along with him. Still, it appears that Ray J and all of his messiness was not enough to convince producers that the show will be a definite hit with viewers. But apparently, there’s still hope.
According to TMZ, in a last-ditch effort to ensure that filming for the series wouldn’t be a total waste of time, casting directors have added Soulja Boy to the show. Production sources say that prior to Soulja Boy’s addition, the spin-off’s storylines were extremely weak and uninteresting. Producers believe that pairing Soula Boy with Ray J will be perfect for the show and we hear that Ray J is excited about Soulja signing on to do the show. Soulja certainly has had his share of drama, so his addition to the cast may turn out to be a good move. There were also rumors that The Game would be appearing on the VH1 spin-off, however, this was never confirmed.
Do you think you’ll be checking out “Love & Hip Hop LA”?
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Well, it appears that the spin-off our girl K. Michelle has been vying for is finally coming to fruition. VH1 recently confirmed that the series is in the works and will be airing on a small screen near you come November 3rd. The series is titled “My Life” and according to a press release, will follow K as she juggles her career and relationships while navigating through life in New York City.
“It looks as if ‘Love & Hip Hop’ star K.Michelle finally has everything she’s ever wanted,” the press release explains. “Success, fame, a hit album – but is it all it’s cracked up to be? VH1 will follow K. as she learns to balance life, relationships, and bona fide superstardom with the help of a dynamic group of friends.
It may appear like she has it all together, but nothing is as it seems in K’s crazy world. Notorious for her red hair, razor-sharp wit and fiery tongue, K.Michelle navigates New York City and her life with a renewed dedication to her son, her friends, and her career. K.Michelle has the life she’s always dreamed of, but will it ever be enough?”
It’s also interesting to note that K’s new musical “Rebellious Soul,” which is being directed by Idris Elba, will also be debuting on VH1 in the near future.
Are you interested in checking out either of these programs?
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Back in April Pebbles Reid filed a $40 million lawsuit against Viacom over VH1′s highly controversial TLC biopic, “Crazy Sexy Cool.” In the lawsuit, Pebbles argues that she was portrayed “as a conniving and dishonest business woman who hoodwinked three innocent girls and exploited their talent for her own personal gain.:”
According to The Jasmine Brand, Viacom has since responded to Pebbles’ suit and from the looks of it, they’re not backing down. For one, the VH1 parent company argues that as far as they know, Pebbles did have control over the group’s lawyers and knowingly withheld information from TLC in regard to their contracts.
Secondly, Viacom argues that to their knowledge, Pebbles did not provide TLC with copies of their contract, although she claims that she did. In addition to that, Viacom accuses the former music industry executive of turning down merchandise deals on behalf of the group, despite her claims that the ladies were 100% in control over things like that. As for that retraction/apology Pebbles has been waiting for, it doesn’t look like she’s going to get it any time soon. Viacom says that they have not issued a retraction because they do “not believe that the movie was false and defamatory and continued to promote and re-telecast the TLC movie.”
A few months ago we told you that TLC is sticking by the story as well.
“Pebbles couldn’t sue us because we didn’t lie,” Chilli told Bossip shortly after news of Pebbles’ lawsuit broke. “When people talk about lawsuits and then it kind of dies out, you’re like oh, okay. Either they forget it or you settled or something, or they’re okay with people believing what they say is not true, or they had no case. And in that case, she ain’t had no case.”
Viacom is hoping to have the hefty lawsuit dismissed due to the events portrayed in the film being “true or substantially true.”
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If it’s one thing we know about Tyra Banks, it’s that she’s about her paper. Tyra is able to stay so relevant because she’s constantly looking for ways to keep her name relevant in the industry, despire its changes.
According to Hollywood Reporter, the model turned mogul will produce a transgender docuseries for VH1, called TransAmerica. The eight episode series will follow a group of women based in Chicago who all share the experience of being transgender. The series will show the women living, loving and establishing their careers. It will also show the realities of how their sexualities impact their lives.
Model and activist Carmen Carrera will act as the lead on the show featuring five women. It’s set to roll out later this year or early 2015. Banks will serve as the executive producer alongside Gay Rosenthal.
Susan Levison, executive vp of programming for VH1, said “It would be easy to focus on the transgender aspect, but this series is about so much more. This is a show about a group of compelling, gorgeous young friends who are on a unique journey while staying true to their authentic selves. We believe that message resonates.”
This will be VH1′s third show that either stars or features a person from the transgender community. “Orange Is The New Black” star Laverne Cox was on “I Want to Work For Diddy.” The show helped launch her professional career. From there she starred in a series called “TRANSform Me” in 2010.
This is what Banks had to say about the show. “TransAmerica is a groundbreaking docuseries that will blow the roof off stereotypes and set the record straight as we experience the lives of these fun, stunning women. I am so happy to be a part of telling their fierce story.”
Carrera, who will relocate from New Jersey, says “Being a woman means everything to me. Before my transition I felt trapped, and now I’ve been set free. Carmen has arrived and I can’t wait to share my story.”
Banks will produce the series through her Tyra Banks Co. with Gay Rosenthal who will oversee with Gay Rosenthal Productions and Mark Schulman for 3 Arts. Levison and Nina L. Diaz will work through VH1.
Here’s a run down of the upcoming stars, according to Hollywood Reporter.
Signed to Elite Model Management, Carrera is on the path to becoming a supermodel. Recognized as a leading advocate in the transgender community, Carrera is constantly balancing her career goals with her personal life and reminding others of the importance of friendship. Now this Jersey girl is ready to take the Windy City by storm.
A recent college graduate, Giselle is focused on continuing her education and applying to graduate school. As she prepares for her upcoming sexual reassignment surgery, Giselle is set on finding her perfect man in Chicago.
Natalia is a beauty consultant for Christian Dior cosmetics. She is faced with the challenge of trying to reconnect with some of her family and gaining their support.
Sidney is the ultimate party girl. Struggling with the idea of juggling a social life and professional goals, she is focused on finding her true direction in life.
Victory dreams of becoming a doctor but must deal with the discrimination she receives as a transgender woman. Nevertheless, she won’t allow others to step in the way of her goals.
Does the show sound interesting to you? WIll you watch?
Marrying The Game
Just last month we were wondering why The Game was tweeting out pictures of himself on the set of “Marrying The Game” when it was clear that he and long time girlfriend, mother of his children and fiancée Tiffney Cambridge were not getting married. But the absence of a wedding doesn’t stop no reality show, even if that show was initially supposed to be about one’s upcoming nuptials.
Instead, VH1 has revamped the show to showcase Tiffney and The Game living and enjoying their single lives after nine years of trying to work things out.
But the way both Tiffney and The Game are talking, it seems like they want to get back together. It’ll be interesting to see what happens with these two…But keep in mind this season and this trailer were filmed before all the domestic violence accusations surfaced.
You can watch the new season of “Marrying The Game” on Wednesdays, May 7 at 10:30pm/9:30c.
If you were able to catch the “Basketball Wives LA” reunion show last night, you saw that it was an absolute madhouse. But according to BBWLA vet Jackie Christie, there’s a lot more to the insanity that viewers didn’t even get to witness due to editing by VH1. As you may recall, tension between VH1 rookies Sundy Carter and Brandi Maxiell erupted into a physical altercation.
“The reunion was bananas! When I say bananas…I haven’t been in an all out riot in 20 years. I couldn’t believe it!” Jackie told Mara The Hip Hop Socialite. “They [Brandi and Sundy] jumped up, and the next thing you know, I’m taking my shoes off to run and get in the middle. Not to fight necessarily, but if need be, I’m going to grab them in a chokehold, that’s what I am going to do.”
Jackie went on to describe the altercation, which got so intense that it resulted in a riot with the audience rushing the stage.
“So when all the ruckus started happening, the audience actually ran down on to the stage – it was bizarre,” she explained. “British takes off running to the right, everybody else crashes the stage. I mean they just came from everywhere! They were running from up under bleachers; they were running everywhere. Brandi, in between all the chaos, she makes it around the group and tries to run at Sundy, but I’m protecting Sundy and the whole group of her family got around her and some of the people that I brought. You know I had a few people I invited.”
As things escalated, Jackie says that at one point, Brandi was estrained by Sundy’s boyfriend.
“I didn’t see the actual blows being thrown, but Sundy told me that she swung a shoe and hit Brandi with the shoe in her face. I don’t know because I didn’t see it, but I do know that it was straight chaos. It was a free-for-all. People were fighting, Sundy’s boyfriend grabbed Brandi up, you know, and told her ‘you’re not going to touch her.’ She was cursing at him; it was crazy. People were fighting, camera guys got hit by accident trying to film. It was an all out brawl pretty much.”
Things got so crazy, VH1 producers eventually had to escort the entire audience out of the studio.
“They made the whole audience get out and went ballistic, and was like, ‘everyone needs to leave – this is uncalled for, this is intolerable’. Shed Media, everybody, VH1, everybody was very on point in getting the audience out of there. It had become a very hostile situation pretty quickly, but I didn’t actually see any physical violence, I just seen that it was chaos. Things flying through the air and people screaming and all kinds of stuff. Yeah, it was straight chaos! I couldn’t believe it.”
Brandi also took to Twitter to confirm that Sundy’s boyfriend did, in fact, put his hands on her.
I FORGOT TO MENTION HER P*SSY ASS 20 YEAR OLD BOYFRIEND PUT HIS HANDS ON ME AT THE REUNION. THEY BLEEPED THAT OUT.
— Brandi Maxiell (@BrandiMaxiell) April 29, 2014
Did you catch last night’s reunion?
The majority of our televisions remain glued to VH1 for their reality shows like Basketball Wives LA and the Love And Hip Hop franchise. Despite the success of all its shows, documentaries and editorial content, Variety says the network has laid off over 10 staffers. These lay offs occurred in the New York location in the development department. Two major executives, Brad Abramson and Kari McFarland, who were the vice presidents of VH1 East Coast production and development, were included in the staff who were let go.
In a statement released to Variety, a VH1 spokesman said:
“With ratings on an upswing and the pace of development increasing cross platform, we felt it was the right time to examine our overall production and development structure in New York. It’s imperative we accurately structure our teams to deliver the content that our growing number of viewers want from VH1 today.”
You can take away from the statement that, with the network’s success in the 18-to-49 age group, they need team players who are willing to take risks in order to remain relevant. VH1’s programing chief Susan Levison who was hired last year, has focused on restructuring the network. Therefore, she hired television veteran Nina Diaz who serves as the senior vice president of East Coast production and development. The network plans to hire people with the expertise in multi-platform programming because they plan on expanding the use of its app.
“Single Ladies” fans you may be in luck! Word on the street is producers are shopping the canceled VH1 series at different networks.
According to Jawn Murray’s Always A List blog, BET is in talks to pick up the one-hour drama, which starred LisaRaye McCoy, Charity Shea and Denise Vasi. A publicist at the network is refusing to confirmed or deny the reports, simply stating “We can not comment at this time.”As we reported earlier, VH1 canceled the original series in the midst of its third season back in February. “We’ve been proud to deliver three seasons of the drama, romance and style that engaged viewers in each episode of Single Ladies,” the cable network said in a statement. “Although we’ve decided not to move forward with another season, we hope to work again with the talented cast, creatives and producers as well as our partners at Flavor Unit Entertainment in the near future. We also thank the show’s fans for their support since the premiere in 2011.”
Read more about ‘Single Ladies’ at HelloBeautiful.com