More Rockin’ Docs

Dec 6, 2006  •  Post A Comment

After having gone behind the music successfully, VH1 started televising documentaries on untold stories from the rock ‘n’ roll era. Now the network now plans to expand its “VH1 Rock Doc” series with five new feature-length shows to run next year.
One will give viewers an opportunity to find out more about Courtney Love and her tumultuous life. “The Return of Courtney Love” will be filmed in her California home and will feature previously unseen home movie footage of her late husband, Kurt Cobain.
Another documentary, “A.K.A. Tommy Chong,” looks at the comedian, who was imprisoned recently for selling drug paraphernalia.
“Air Guitar Nation” takes viewers to the Air Guitar World Championships in Oulu, Finland. They may be fake guitars, but the competition becomes very real, VH1 says.
“1977,” a two-part, two-hour documentary, looks at how a decaying, terrified, blacked-out New York fostered the development of hip hop, punk, disco, graffiti art and sexual liberation.
The final “Rock Doc” is slated as a four-part, four-hour presentation. “Sex: The Revolution” ranges from Alfred Kinsey’s research and Marilyn Monroe’s curves to Bill Clinton’s impeachment and Bob Dole’s Viagra.
“The ‘Rock Docs’ franchise continues to grow and as long as there remain stories out there to tell, we will find a way to bring that story to life on-air and into the homes of our viewers,” said Michael Hirschorn, executive VP of original programming and production for VH1.
This article is part of TVWeek.com’s Media Planner newsletter, a weekly source of breaking news, trend articles, profiles and data about media planning edited by Senior Editor Jon Lafayette.


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