The bread and butter of cable TV is franchise series: we keep making 'em and viewers keep watching 'em. For me, the big achievement has been helping to create the HOGAN KNOWS BEST franchise featuring everyone's childhood wrestling hero Hulk Hogan. The series actually was sparked by am earlier one-hour documentary of Hulk that was so well-received it turned into its own show.

Other popular VH1 franchises I've worked on include Driven, All Access, When ___ Ruled the World and a short three episode series I devised called Hollywood Secrets Revealed (after some similar looks at reality shows, which can be found here.

YOU'RE CUT OFF!

   

Premiere: June 9, 2010
VH1's latest hit put nine spoiled rotten princesses into a house for what they think is a reality show called "The Good Life." But they're actually about to be subjected to their worst nightmare: getting cut off by their benefactors, stripped of all their cash and conveniences, and forced to learn how to live life the way normal people do.

FAMOUS CRIME SCENE

   

Premiere: January 29, 2010
Behind the headlines of the most shocking deaths in pop culture history, the intimate details of the crime scene are known only to the witnesses and investigators who were there. Famous Crime Scene puts viewers right in the middle of these cases with expert interviews, true-to-life reenactments and advanced computer graphics. Viewers will tour virtual crime scenes searching for clues and learn the science behind the investigators' findings.

LUKE'S PARENTAL ADVISORY

   

Premiere: August 4, 2008
Over the years, Luther "Luke" Campbell has had many monikers including raunchiest man in Hip Hop, musical mastermind and even activist for constitutional rights. What people don't know about Luke is that he is now a loving father, successful CEO and most surprising of all, faithful fiancée. This series followed Luke as he navigates fatherhood with two teenage children, while running his adult business Luke Entertainment Group and planning a wedding with his straight-laced lawyer fiancée Kristin.

BROOKE KNOWS BEST

   

Premiere: June 6, 2008
After Hogan Knows Best finished its run, we aired a spin-off. Brooke Hogan, the 19 year old aspiring pop star who wasn't allowed to date or be alone with a boy due to her strict controlling dad Hulk, is embarking on a whole new world with no rules but her own. She's moving out and renting an apartment in Miami. She's beginning an adult life with many new responsibilities, temptations, and opportunities as she tries to build a career as singer. This show ran for two seasons.

HOGAN KNOWS BEST

   

Premiere: July 10, 2005
The Hogans, the heavyweight champions of family reality shows, is soon to enter its fourth season in 2007. Papa Hulk has all but hung up his wrestling boots and is trying to make a name for himself in business. But his main job is guiding the career of daughter Brooke, who is continuing to pursue her music dreams. Nick is still driving drifting cars and trying to join the national tour. This show was one of VH1's first modern breakout series and ran for four seasons.

HOLLYWOOD SECRETS REVEALED

  SCENES THEY DON'T WANT YOU TO SEE  

Premiere: January 27, 2006
Can you imagine your most mortifying career moves caught on tape for the entire world to see? Hollywood's biggest celebrities want nothing more than to keep their mediocre acting history in the closet, but we're ready to out the stars' most shameful roles.
  MOVIE SCREW UPS  

Premiere: June 26, 2005
Titanic - a tragic love story for the ages, a modern day masterpiece featuring one big-name director, two sizzling stars, eleven Oscars ... and oh yeah, over 200 blunders.
  LOVE SCENES EXPOSED  

Premiere: June 26, 2005
For as long as there have been motion pictures, filmmakers have tried to capture the human experience of love, romance and especially sex. But while the sex may look hot and steamy on screen, it's not.

ALL ACCESS

 
RED CARPET RULES  

Premiere: February 2006
The pretty poses, the perfectly coiffed tresses, the gorgeous outfits, and the expertly-applied make-up are red carpet staples. It all seems effortless but it only happens if celebrities follow the rules. One false move, errant sound bite or runaway pet and Hollywood anarchy ensues.

Watch the full show here at VH1's Vspot. (PC Only.)

 
RED HOT RED CARPET 2005  

Premiere: December 2005
The red carpet is where America's Funniest Home Videos meets A-list celebrities. Every year, there are hundreds of red carpet events packed with celebs... from major award shows and movie premieres to industry parties to club and restaurant openings. This show highlights the hottest celebrities and the newest red carpet trends of 2005.

Watch the full show here at VH1's Vspot. (PC Only.)

OTHER VH1 SERIES

 
WHEN SUPERMODELS RULED THE WORLD  

Premiere: October 19, 2003
A turbocharged, kinetic oral and visual history of the phenomena of glamorous fashion queens, this is the story of cultural history as it was experienced by a mass culture. Supermodels chronicles the history of the stunningly attractive with particular emphasis on how Supermodels changed pop culture forever, transforming the worlds of fashion, music, film, television and art.


  DRIVEN PRESENTS: THE SECRET LIFE OF KURT COBAIN  

Premiere: February 23, 2003
Fame, fortune, family and friends – Kurt Cobain had all of these things but he also had the demons of drug addiction, alcoholism and depression. In the end it was the demons that won and his suicide leaves us to ask if we ever really knew who the real Kurt Cobain was behind the public persona? Since his death, various theories have developed about Kurt, his drug use and the circumstances surrounding his death. These only fuel his mystique, but in this special, VH1 will focus on the man, his creative vision and his off-stage personality.