VH1 will air Tool Academy, I Love Money 2, Confessions of a Teen Idol, Tough Love

Continuing its mission to spin off as many shows as possible from Flavor of Love and make formerly famous people famous again, VH1 has recently announced a second season of the competition I Love Money, plus a docudrama called Confessions of a Teen Idol. The network has also announced two other relationship boot camp series.

I Love Money 2 debuts Jan. 26, and the competition for $250,000 will take place in Mexico. VH1 is using its blog to reveal the 19 cast members–or really, drag out the reveal of the 19 cast members–but they come from all of the network’s dating competition shows, including the newest one, Real Chance of Love.

Earlier in January, the network will debut Confessions of a Teen Idol, a show that follows teen idols from the 1980s and 1990s who will live together. The eight-episode season will follow Christopher Atkins (The Blue Lagoon), David Chokachi (Baywatch), Billy Hufsey (Fame), Jeremy Jackson (Baywatch), Eric Nies (The Real World), Jamie Walters (Beverly Hills 90210), and Adrian Zmed (TJ Hooker, Grease 2).

Executive producers–and former teen idols–Scott Baio and Jason Hervey will also appear, but as mentors. In a press release, the network promises “a rare, never-before-seen look at fame and its consequences as the guys live together, forming a unique and exclusive support group.” VH1 exec Jeff Olde says, “This is not like any reality show you’ve ever seen before. It is not a competition and there are no eliminations. But there is refreshingly honest (and at times very dramatic) look at the addiction of fame and a real opportunity for each one of these guys to get that stardom back.”

The network also plans Tool Academy, a show that will try to train nine men: “strutting, preening, over confident alpha-males who lie, cheat, and treat their girlfriends like door mats,” VH1 says. The men were “secretly nominated by their girlfriends” and “initially believe they are taking part in a competition in search of ‘Mr. Awesome’” before they are “schooled in proper boyfriend behavior–covering topics like honesty, fidelity, maturity, and communication with resident relationship counselor Trina Dolenz.”

The contestants’ own girlfriends will judge whether or not they’ve changed; the last man gets $100,000. It’s hosted by For Love or Money host Jordan Murphy.

VH1 will also air another relationship boot camp show, Tough Love, that comes from Nancy Juvonen and Drew Barrymore’s Flower Films. Variety reports that host and matchmaker Steve Ward “will reshape the contestants’ destructive dating habits.”

VH1 Brings Back the Hunks of the 80′s and 90′s… and VH1 and 495 Productions Teach Helpless ‘Tools’ How to Repair Their Broken Relationships [VH1 press releases]
VH1 commits to ‘Love’ [Variety]

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