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VH1 to add 5 series to primetime lineup

Docu-based Berlinger skein included

NEW YORK — VH1 will add five new primetime series to its lineup, including the documentary-based “Fan” from director Joe Berlinger (“Paradise Lost,” “Blair Witch Project 2”), the music cabler announced Wednesday night at an upfront presentation for advertisers.

“Fan” will focus on diehard fans and the bands that inspire their intense devotion. Berlinger will produce and direct the series, which will premiere in May. VH1’s Lauren Zalaznick and Jane Lipsitz will exec produce.

“Using music as a filter, our upcoming shows will explore a variety of programming styles and marry our excitement and passion for rock and roll with good storytelling,” said Jeff Gaspin, exec VP, programming and production, VH1.

Here they come

Among the shows that VH1 has greenlit are:

  • “Sound Affects” — A weekly half-hour series about people whose lives have been affected by a specific song. (June debut)

  • “VH1 Confidential” — A one-hour documentary series from Termite Art that unearths the mysteries, myths and urban legends of rock ‘n’ roll. (Summer)

  • “Don’t Quote Me” — A half-hour series that — like VH1’s “Pop Up Video”– will superimpose words on videos. In this case, the words will come directly from the artists’ mouths. Lizz Winstead (Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show”) will serve as creative consultant. VH1’s Bill Brand will exec produce. No premiere date has been set.

  • “100 Greatest” — Following in the tradition of VH1’s “100 Greatest Artists of Rock & Roll” and “100 Greatest Songs,” this series will count down the “100 Greatest” in a variety of musical categories. “100 Greatest,” which will also continue to air as a five- hour special event each quarter, will premiere as a series in August.

Turning out telefilm

VH1 also announced it would debut the original telefilm “Back in Black” in fourth quarter 2000. Gaspin described the two-hour anthology movie — which could potentially be turned into a weekly half-hour series — as “a music-based ‘Twilight Zone.” “Back in Black,” which will begin shooting in May in Vancouver, is produced by City Lights Prods. and distributed by Viacom Prods.

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