'Pop Up Video' and 'Behind the Music' to return with fresh episodes
VH1 is dusting off ’90s mainstays “Pop Up Video” and “Behind the Music,” with the former set to launch this fall and the latter returning in June with seven new episodes. VH1 has also picked up “Mob Wives” for a second season, as well as “Love & Hip Hop.”“Pop Up Video” showcased musicvideos peppered with quippy factoids about the artists and videos, while docu series “Behind the Music” delved into the frequently seamy lives of rock stars. “For years, people have practically begged, ‘Please bring back “Pop Up Video!’? ” said network prexy Tom Calderone. “It’s a show and format that now evokes nostalgia for VH1’s young adult audience.” Original series co-creator Woody Thompson is on track to return for a 60-episode order of fresh “Video,” with his shingle Eyeboogie producing. The renewal of “Mob Wives” comes five episodes into the show’s first season; ratings on the show have averaged 1.3 million total viewers to date. Series follows four women whose husbands or fathers have been connected to organized crime — among them Sammy “the Bull” Gravano’s daughter Karen, and Anthony Graziano’s daughter Renee. “Mob Wives” is produced by the Weinstein Co., Electus, JustJenn Productions and Left/Right. Electus/Engine is distribbing the show internationally. “Wives” lead-in “Love & Hip Hop” begain airing March 14; the 10-episode season two will air later in 2011, and is produced by Monami Entertainment and NFGTV. “Love & Hip Hop” follows four women connected to hip-hop culture.