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[10/17/11 - 05:01 AM]
The Return of VH1's Hit Series "Love & Hip Hop" and New Series "Excused" to Premiere Monday, November 14 Starting at 6PM ET/PT on VH1
Plus: Kimberly "Kimbella" Vanderhee and Yandy Smith join the cast of the "Love & Hip Hop" franchise.

[via press release from VH1]

VH1's Keeping You Warm and Toasty with Two Hot New Season Premieres on Monday, November 14

THE RETURN OF VH1'S HIT SERIES "LOVE & HIP HOP" AND NEW SERIES "EXCUSED" TO PREMIERE MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14 STARTING AT 6PM ET/PT ON VH1

CATCH SNEAK PEEKS AND EXCLUSIVE CLIPS ON VH1.COM

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Oct. 17, 2011 -- As the cool of winter approaches, VH1 heats up with two hot season premieres on Monday, November 14 beginning at 6 PM ET/PT. Watch as the ladies of VH1's hit series, "Love & Hip Hop" return for a second season. This new season of "Love & Hip Hop" will take viewers back inside the professional and personal relationship dramas facing a group of women behind some of the biggest names in hip hop. Then stick around for "Excused," a new dating show from CBS Television Distribution and the producers of the series "Blind Date," hosted by Comedienne Iliza Shlesinger, winner of the competition series "Last Comic Standing." "Love & Hip Hop" Season 2 and "Excused" is all set to provide an exciting behind-the-scenes look into the world of dating, celebrity life, love and sometimes war.

"Love & Hip Hop" Season 2 - Premieres Monday, November 14 at 9PM ET/PT

VH1's hit docu-soap series "Love & Hip Hop" returns for its second season, picking up where the first season left off, following the lives of six vibrant women, each with a link to the exciting, glamorous and high-stress world of hip hop. The leader of the pack is Chrissy Lampkin, long time girlfriend of superstar rapper Jim Jones. Last season Chrissy made a bold move and proposed to Jim. This season, she's still waiting for that wedding. Maybe it's Jim's fear of commitment or maybe it's Chrissy's tense relationship with Jim's mom Nancy - either way, Chrissy has made it clear that she's not willing to wait much longer. At the end of season one, Olivia Longott had finally stepped out of from the shadows of her old crew, 50 Cent's G-Unit, and released a new single, "December." But after some initial buzz, Olivia is back where she started; hustling harder than ever to launch a solo career and get signed by a major label. Last season, celebrity stylist, Emily Bustamante tried desperately to get a real co

mmitment from her son's father, rap star Fabolous. Unwilling to live in the shadows any longer, she has finally decided to move out on her own and start a Fab-u-less new life. Somaya "Boss" Reece, the Latina Bombshell who made her entrance last season is back again, with killer curves and a fierce commitment to do whatever it takes to launch her rap career.

Two new faces joining the group are Kimberly "Kimbella" Vanderhee and Yandy Smith. New to the "Love & Hip Hop" franchise, Kimbella is a sexy bi-racial model ready to try her luck at the pop music game. She's linked to the group by Dipset crew member and rapper Juelz Santana, with whom she shares a son, but fitting in with the other women may prove difficult. Yandy Smith, long time manager of rapper Jim Jones, is an entertainment powerhouse, having worked with big names such as Missy Elliott, Busta Rhymes and Cameron to name a few. In addition to being friends with both Chrissy and Kimbella, she's also the glue that holds the Dipset crew together.

This one-hour, 10 episode series will follow these six women as they navigate their professional and love lives in a world where opportunity, fame, excitement and money is always in sight ... but sometimes just out of reach.

"Love & Hip Hop" is executive produced by Mona Scott-Young for Monami Entertainment and Toby Barraud and Stefan Springman for NFGTV. Jim Ackerman and Jeff Olde are executive producers for VH1.

Viewers can catch sneak peeks of the premiere episodes for each series on VH1.com the week before they premiere on air. Subsequent episodes will be available on VH1.com after they air. Additional video content from each series including bonus scenes and exclusive extras from each episode will be available on VH1.com and on VH1 Mobile throughout the season.

"Excused" - Premieres Monday, November 14 at 6PM and 6:30PM ET/PT

"Excused," from CBS Television Distribution, is a sexy and hilarious dating show where two girls and two guys compete for each other's affections until one couple is left. And in a television first, viewers can actually date the contestants in real life by joining social dating site Jazzed.com.

Comic Iliza Shlesinger, the first female and youngest winner of the competition series "Last Comic Standing," hosts the series, giving contestants her fresh, funny and brutally honest take on their suitors.

"Excused" is produced by Renegade 83, the force behind the long-running syndicated hit "Blind Date."

VH1 connects viewers to the music, artists and pop culture that matter to them most with TV series, specials, live events, exclusive online content and public affairs initiatives. VH1 is available in 98 million households in the U.S. VH1 also has an array of digital channels and services including VH1Classic, VH1 Soul, VH1 Mobile, VH1Games and extensive broadband video on VH1.com. Connect with VH1 at VH1.com.





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· BLIND DATE (SYNDICATION)
· EXCUSED (SYNDICATION)
· LAST COMIC STANDING (NBC)
· LOVE & HIP HOP (VH1)





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