Upfront ’17: Ricky Martin and RuPaul headline VH1 slate

Pop culture and lifestyle network VH1′s upfront slate for 2017/2018 includes five new series and 11 returning titles, including a tenth season of Emmy-award winning RuPaul’s Drag Race set to premiere March ...
April 17, 2017

Pop culture and lifestyle network VH1′s upfront slate for 2017/2018 includes five new series and 11 returning titles, including a tenth season of Emmy-award winning RuPaul’s Drag Race set to premiere March 2018.

“VH1 is leading the industry in growth and our new expansive slate will continue to fuel this trajectory,” said Chris McCarthy, president of VH1, MTV and Logo, in a statement. The network also noted it had experienced its seventh consecutive quarter of growth.

New series include Daytime Divas (pictured), produced by Sony Pictures Television, starring Vanessa Williams; a new Ricky Martin project (title TBD) from 51 Minds, that reveals the never-before-seen account of the private, global superstar; Baller Wives (w/t; Shed Media), where a Miami power couples navigate love, family, business and balling in the city; Superdelicious’ 90′s House, a nostalgic take on reality, featuring appearances from beloved 90′s celebrities, hosted by Lance Bass and the reality competition show Scared Famous, where ten celebrities move into a haunted house but only one makes it out alive (Renegade).

Among the returning hits are: Basketball Wives (Shed Media), T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle (51 Minds), Black Ink Crew: Chicago (Big Fish Entertainment), Love & Hip Hop Hollywood (Eastern TV), Shaunie’s Home Court (Maverick), America’s Next Top Model (10×10) with Tyra Banks back to host and second season picks ups of Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party (495 Productions) and Hip Hop Squares (Jesse Collins Entertainment) executive produced by Ice Cube.

Here’s a full list of VH1′s new and returning series:


June 5, 2017
Every weekday at noon, Maxine (Vanessa Williams), Mo (Tichina Arnold), Heather (Fiona Gubelmann), Kibby (Chloe Bridges), and Nina (Camille Guaty)—hosts of “The Lunch Hour,” the long-running women’s talk show—gather around the table to discuss life, love, politics, and juicy gossip. But behind the scenes, it’s even juicier — a backstage world filled with power struggles, diva fits, and steamy affairs. Inspired by the book Satan’s Sisters… A Novel of Fiction by Star Jones, television personality, lawyer and journalist.
PROD. CO: Sony Pictures Television

June 2017
A revealing, never been seen account of one of the most private and guarded global superstars of our time. With more than 85 million albums sold worldwide, 95 platinum records, and sold-out concerts in over 100 countries, Ricky Martin is truly an international icon. The project will draw on his Vegas residence to illustrate his broader, fascinating, and inspiring journey from every pivotal era in his career to the most defining roles of his life.
PROD. CO: 51 Minds

“BALLER WIVES” (working title)
August 2017
From the sidelines to the social frontlines, this is the world where relationships are complicated and the competition is thick.  All eyes are on these Miami based pro athletes and their wives as they navigate the waters of love, family, business, and balling in the hottest city around.
PROD. CO:  Shed Media

“’90s HOUSE”
August 16, 2017
What happens when a super connected cast has to unplug and live in the most rad decade ever?  No smart phones, Wi-Fi or GPS allowed in this house but tons of the flyest fun, fashion and pop culture moments will be rebooted back to reality.   Hosted by Lance Bass and full of cameos from the 90′s most beloved celebrities.
PROD. CO:  Superdelicious

October 2017
The frightening and hilarious tale of ten celebs who have bravely agreed to move into one of the spookiest mansions in America.  Over eight episodes, they face terror and chilling challenges inspired by the iconic movies that make you scream.  In this reality fright fest, ten famous people will move in, but only one will make it out alive.
PROD. CO:  Renegade


 “BASKETBALL WIVES” (season six)
April 17, 2017
Following the lives of a group of women with relationships to some of the biggest basketball players in the game, VH1′s hit series returns with a vengeance as several new faces and Basketball Wives original Evelyn Lozada  join  LA season veterans Tami Roman, Jackie Christie, Malaysia Pargo and Shaunie O’Neal. Between the new personalities, major life challenges and old resentments, the cast hits the floor ready for drama.
PROD. CO: Shed Media
EP. COUNT:  16

“T.I. & TINY: THE FAMILY HUSTLE” (sixth and final season)
April 17, 2017
The final season of “T.I & Tiny:  The Family Hustle,” marks the end of an era for the lovable first family of VH1 while celebrating a television milestone with 100 episodes.  Watch as they say goodbye to the fans who have tuned in to see their family grow over the last five seasons.
PROD. CO: 51 Minds

“DEAR MAMA” (second annual)
May 8, 2017
Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Anthony Anderson returns to host this fan favorite event with television personality La La Anthony.  “Dear Mama” honors mothers with celebrity guests paying tribute to the women who have shaped their success.
PROD. CO:  Jesse Collins Entertainment

“BLACK INK CREW: CHICAGO” (season three)
May 24, 2017
In the midst of Chicago’s brutal winter, 9 Mag’s owner, Ryan Henry, struggles with the emerging egos and volatile differences among the 9 Mag family, while still fighting to stay on top in the tattoo game. “Black Ink Crew: Chicago,” explodes with more drama, more heat, and sexier tattoos than ever before. The pressure is on and the hustle is real for this close-knit group of friends who are trying to make it in one of the roughest cities in America.
PROD. CO: Big Fish Entertainment

“LOVE & HIP HOP HOLLYWOOD” (season four)
July 17, 2017
Cable’s #1 franchise returns with perennial fan favorites and a slew of new players ready to take over Tinseltown.
PROD. CO:  Eastern TV

“HIP HOP HONORS” (ninth)
August 2017
Since its inception in 2004, this tentpole event has recognized the luminaries who broke new ground and propelled the genre into the cultural phenomenon it has become.  From Hip Hop’s pioneers like Public Enemy and Tupac Shakur to Def Jam Records and Russell Simmons, VH1 has honored hip hop from its origins through the numerous phases of its musical evolution.

October 2017
“Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party” returns for a second helping of food and fun featuring Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg hosting more weekly dinner parties with their famous celebrity friends.  In each episode, Martha and Snoop put a personal spin on dishes for a themed meal.
PROD. CO: 495 Productions

“HIP HOP SQUARES” (season two)
Fall 2017
Hosted by DeRay Davis and executive produced by Ice Cube and Jeff Kwatinetz, the series features the biggest names in hip hop, comedy and entertainment as they come to play and stay to party, match wits and test their pop culture knowledge with the superstar squares.
PROD. CO:  Jesse Collins Entertainment

Fall 2017
Single mom in charge and “Basketball Wives” powerhouse Shaunie O’Neal gives us a personal, unexpected look at what it takes to get her team of five kids off the bench and into the game of life.  There’s never been a coaching job so hectic, heartfelt, and fun.
PROD. CO: Maverick

December 2017
Get ready to work the runway as Tyra Banks returns to host the longest running fashion TV series in history.
PROD. CO: 10×10

“RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE” (season ten)
March 2018
The Emmy Award-winning hit series has delivered nine seasons of can’t-miss lip sync showdowns, pushed the boundaries of creativity to new levels,  and showcased the art of drag to millions of new fans around world.  Over 100 fierce and brave queens have battled for the crown and title of “America’s Next Drag Superstar” and the series’ tenth season is positioned to be its biggest eleganza extravaganza ever!
PROD. CO: World of Wonder


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