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VH1 greenlights 7 series to delve beyond ‘Behind’

Skeins to explore rock 'n' roll history

NEW YORK — Hoping to delve even further “Behind the Music,” VH1 has greenlit seven new original series that track the ups and downs in the history of rock ‘n’ roll.

The shows, which fall under the $100 million programming budget VH1 announced in June, will premiere from Thanksgiving through the first quarter of 2000.

One-hour magazine “For the Record,” which will focus on landmark events and moments in rock ‘n’ roll history, will debut in the spring. Anticipating that the show will become a signature series, VH1 has ordered 13 episodes.

“It is a real companion to ‘Behind the Music.’ It has the potential to have the same impact,” said Jeff Gaspin, exec VP, programming and production.

In a similar vein, the half-hour magazine “Rock & Roll Record Breakers” will take a look at rock’s most infamous achievements. VH1 has ordered 13 episodes of the series, which will debut on Jan. 21.

“VH1 Confidential,” a one-hour series from L.A.-based Termite Art, will unearth the mysteries, myths and urban legends of rock ‘n’ roll. The cabler has ordered eight episodes of the series, which, along with “For the Record,” will be the most expensive in the slate, according to Gaspin. Music acquisition fees and clip licensing will ramp up the pricetag.

VH1 has ordered 10 episodes of “VH1 Rock Collectors,” a one-hour series that will explore the world of rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia, and 13 episodes of “Pop-Up Quiz,” a half-hour series from the creators of “Pop-Up Video.” “Rock Collectors” will premiere Nov. 27; “Pop-Up Quiz” will launch on Jan. 22.

The video-based “Needle Drop,” which premieres Wednesday, will round out the schedule. The fast-paced series will present 30 videos in 30 minutes.

Gaspin said the net is still in active development on the scripted series it announced last June and anticipates airing the first of the slate — most likely toon skein “The Whitest Man on Earth” — next June.

VH1 has also ordered 60 new episodes of “The List,” the net’s nightly roundtable debate series.

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