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Mercy Flush: All the VH1 News in One Convenient Place

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | July 11, 2011 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | July 11, 2011 |

For some reason I get at least four emails each week from VH1 Press telling me all sorts of exciting news about the network that I haven’t actually seen since I last watched Pop Up Video reruns while doing homework in 1998. It’s rather inexplicable, not because I don’t get a ton of pointless trade news to my Pajiba email but because I get this to my private email account. It is the only trade news I get to that email account. And I felt that eventually I needed to share with you. Because I’m a giver.

Some of this news is past due (i.e. advertising episodes that have since aired) but I know that it doesn’t matter. Just because the train wreck isn’t on the side of the road anymore doesn’t mean the pictures aren’t still astonishing.

On the next “RuPaul’s Drag U” (Mon. July 11th), three “butch” lesbians enroll at “Drag U” to explore their feminine side. Drag Professors Ongina, Raven and Jujubee transform these ladies into drag divas! Glee’s “Coach Beiste” Dot Jones guest stars.

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My suspension of disbelief does not extend to PhDs in Drag.

“PRETTY HURTS” (airs Saturdays at 8/9c on Logo) The most important man in Hollywood is not in the movies…but you’ve definitely seen his work! Meet Rand Rusher, the surprisingly relatable injectionist to the starlets, Hollywood wives, and wanna-bes of Beverly Hills. With his handsome, “tell me anything” charm he is part therapist, part gay best friend and part miracle-worker. When a Real Housewife brings her daughter in for “birthday lips”, a drag queen asks to be made to look like an Olson twin, and a bunch of 50 year old actresses ask to look 25 again, it’s just another day at the office. And Rand is just as shocked by his clients’ requests as you will be. Pretty Hurts is your insider view into the ridiculous, painful and ugly truth behind maintaining beauty in Hollywood. Once you experience the stop-at-nothing obsession with youth that has become standard in Beverly Hills, you’ll never look at ‘pretty’ the same way again.

“Relatable injectionist”? Is that code for a friendly gigolo?


Enrique Iglesias is the son of a legendary musical family and one of few artists who can legitimately be called a “global sensation.” Beginning his career by singing Spanish love songs, Enrique soon conquered the Latin music market and was a breakout star leading the charge of the Latin music explosion into the mainstream pop market in 1999. With more than 58 million records sold worldwide, he’s already outlasted many of the artists that followed in his wake and continues to sell out concerts across five continents and top the charts all over the world. In this “Behind The Music,” the notoriously private singer will discuss how he got to be the man he is today, what the people in his life mean to him and reveal his inner-most thoughts on rumors and issues that have plagued his career, as well as his ten-year-relationship with tennis superstar Anna Kournikova. Starting out with a $48 million recording contract, Enrique has experienced both highs and lows in his career but now finds himself at the top of his game. Viewers will watch as Enrique Iglesias, a man who has successfully crossed over to both Latin and English music for over a decade and whose 2001 song “Hero” helped a nation through one of the most horrific times in its history, finally feels the success and joy that his life has to offer. In this episode viewers will hear from childhood friend Andres Restrepo, musical artist Pitbull, President and CEO Universal Republic Records Monte Lipman and Enrique himself.

The only way that Enrique helped me get over Sept 11 was by helping me realize exactly why the terrorists hate us.

Quotes from “Behind The Music: Ice Cube” - Premieres Wed., July 6th @ 10 PM ET/PT

“When you have a baby, you have to make sure they have a chance to be successful. That’s your job. My son was five days old and I was expecting an advance so I can buy a new house for my family, and I got a bullshit excuse [from the record label] on why it wasn’t coming down the pipe. [So,] I went up [to record executive Bryan Turner’s office] with a bat and just tore up the office. There was a lot of glass everywhere. I had a few of the homies with me and it was just ugly. I had an aluminum bat, and it was bent when I left.” - Ice Cube on the overwhelming responsibility he felt as a dad to provide for his family

A millionaire throwing a violent temper tantrum because he hasn’t gotten an advance (i.e. money for work he hasn’t done yet) just doesn’t imply responsibility to me. People like that? They can go Galt. I don’t care.

NEW YORK, NY June 27, 2011 - Late-night, cult-hit talk show “1 girl 5 gays” will simulcast its first-ever live episode on Thursday, June 30th at 11/10c on Logo, MTV Canada and Hosted by Aliya-Jasmine Sovani, the half-hour special “1 girl 5 gays 500 fans” will feature the entire cast of “1 girl 5 gays” together for the first time as a live-studio audience joins Sovani asking the men a series of quick fire, roundtable questions varying topics from sex, love, pop culture and politics. “1 girl 5 gays 500 fans” promises unexpected and live shocking confessions - adding a new dose of “OMG” to late-night television.

Is this entire show a reference to 2 girls, 1 cup? And please for the love of all you care about, do not google that if you haven’t already been tainted.

Dear Editors and Writers:

Check out Elizabeth Reaser promoting “The Art of Getting By” and reading a rather steamy bit of Twilight Fan Fiction…. Enjoy!

And that’s it, I’m done, I’m not even cracking a joke about that. I’m just going to warn you though, I have sixty more of these emails just since mid-April.

I can say without a doubt that this advertising has made me less likely to watch VH1. In fact, I would go so far as to say that I’m thinking of checking to see if I do get VH1, and manually telling my channel settings that the channel does not actually exist.

(source: My Cursed Inbox)

Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.

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