Legends Return and Stars Unite as Viacom Nets Stuff the Content Pipeline

by Stuart Winchester, Viacom

It’s a time of great energy and invention at Viacom, with our networks announcing new shows, series extensions, and reboots weekly.

“Content is what Viacom is,” Viacom CEO Bob Bakish told CNBC’s Julia Boorstin last week. And this robust content pipeline underscores that point as ratings continue to creep up at core channels and fourth-quarter and full-year earnings map upticks in revenue and other key financial metrics.

The return of those crazy kids of Jersey legend, a beloved host helms an all-new concept, a fan-favorite franchise expands south, an unlikely onstage pairing produces a dazzling country-pop concert, a pair of season renewals drop, and a comedy legend is honored – here’s a look at previews for some our most anticipated programming, all of which MTV, VH1, CMT and Spike have released in just the past week:

MTV:

When Floribama Shore hit with the highest ratings of any network premiere in three years, it underscored fans’ hunger for the return of the Shore franchise. Perhaps foreseeing this enthusiasm, MTV queued up the return of the original series cast with a spot announcing Jersey Shore: Family Vacation during Floribama’s debut.

We don’t have many details or even a premiere date yet, but we know the important stuff: Deena, Pauly D, JWOWW, Vinny, Ronnie, Snooki and The Situation will all be back on our screens, together:

After headlining a pair of MTV classics in Rob & Big and Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory,  skateboarder and reality star Rob Dyrdek returns to the network headlining Amazingness. Human towers, a hands-free archer, stepladders balanced on teeth – check out what will be – in Dyrdek’s words – “the talent show like no other talent show in the world” beginning this Friday, Dec. 8.

VH1:

VH1 has a New Year’s present for its rabid base of Love & Hip Hop fans – the premiere of the latest complement to the hit shows set in New York, Atlanta and Hollywood: Love & Hip Hop: Miami. Here’s a first look at the series and its ensemble cast, featuring Trick Daddy, Trina, Gunplay and Amara La Negra, among others:

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All-New Installment of CMT CROSSROADS Brings Long-Awaited Pairing of Bob Seger and Jason Aldean

by Emily Beekman, CMT

CMT Crossroads: Bob Seger And Jason Aldean

When you take a legendary rock icon and a country superstar who’s at the height of his career, add in a stage, lights and two of the best bands around, musical magic is made.  Last month at The Factory in Franklin, Tenn., Bob Seger and Jason Aldean united for the first time on the CMT CROSSROADS stage for an end-of-the-year event that neither could turn down.   Read More

ICYMI: Willie Nelson and Neil Young Perform ‘Long May You Run’ on CMT Crossroads

by Mark Jafar, Viacom

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And now, some Willie on this Wednesday morning to get you over the hump.

ICYMI, CMT Crossroads: Willie Nelson & Friends from Third Man Records aired Sunday night on CMT.  Nelson performed with a generation and genre-spanning collection of musicians, including Sheryl Crow, Jamey Johnson, Norah Jones, O Music Awards performer Ashley Monroe, Leon Russell and Neil Young, who joined Nelson for the Stills-Young classic ‘Long May You Run.”

Click above to watch the performance and here to watch the complete episode.