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VH1 plans a pop summer

Cabler skeds 'Pop Culture Icons,' '100 Greatest,' 'the '70s'

Building off its retro-driven programming, VH1 will anchor its summer slate with a pair of best-of specials and several returning skeins that highlight past and present pop culture fare on the order of “Schoolhouse Rock” and Jennifer and Brad.

Kicking off the new roster: “VH1’s 200 Greatest Pop Culture Icons,” a double-dose edition of the net’s “100 Greatest” franchises. The 10-part series runs July 21-25 at 10 p.m.

Among the celebs to be interviewed will be the Osbournes, Katie Couric, Kevin Bacon, Jay Leno, David Lee Roth and Britney Spears.

Following up the December launch of the five-night flashback “I Love the ’80s,” music cabler will stroll back a further decade with the 10-seg retrospective “I Love the ’70s.”

Each hourlong episode will highlight the major personalities and events of a given year from the 1970s. Cameron Diaz, Demi Moore, Drew Barrymore, Alec Baldwin and Lisa Marie Presley are among the celebs set to reminisce about the decade. Series will premiere Aug. 18 at 9 p.m.

Viacom-owned net has also picked up an additional eight segs of “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” heir “The Fabulous Life” and six segs of “VH1 Goes Inside.”

Upcoming “Fabulous” lineup includes Michael Jackson, Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt and hip-hop.

New episodes of “Inside,” which profiles trends and TV programs, will zero in on “The Real World,” “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve,” movie songs and soap operas.

Summer fare also includes “Hip Hop Babylon,” the latest edition of the music cabler’s behind-the-scenes “Babylon” series. Two-hour skein, to bow in early September, tracks the business of the hip-hop industry.

Last year’s frosh episode, “Bubblegum Babylon,” exposed the inner workings of the teen pop realm.

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