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MTV's 'Total Request Live' to end in November after 10 years [UPDATE: Returning in October!]

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  1. TMC1982

    TMC1982 Active Member

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    I guess this means that MTV now has an open slot for another crappy has hell reality show instead of something remotely related to music:
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/tv_total_request_live
    NEW YORK - Start the countdown clock on MTV's countdown era: "Total
    Request Live" will soon shut down after 10 years on the air.

    "TRL" debuted in September 1998 and became the splashy center of the
    teen pop music scene with Britney Spears, the Backstreet Boys,
    N'Sync and other acts. From its heydey until 2008, it's been a
    destination for musicians, movie stars and celebrities promoting
    their new music, movies and other projects.

    Sirulnick said "TRL" — which airs weekday afternoons from MTV's
    Times Square studio — lost some luster as it aged. It peaked in 1999
    with 757,000 viewers tuning in daily, according to Nielsen Media
    Research.

    "It becomes more of a mainstay and more of an institution than —
    pardon the pun — the new kid on the block," Sirulnick said.

    For the finale, Sirulnick said he hopes to celebrate with many of
    the "folks who helped make `TRL' what it is — whether that's Justin
    (Timberlake) and his guys in N'Sync, the Backstreet Boys, Britney,
    Eminem — I think we would love to see all of them here." That
    includes former host Carson Daly.

    In a statement, Eminem said: "I'm going to miss `TRL.' ... Where
    else will I be able to start feuds, defend my honor vigorously and
    act like an angry teenager on national TV? Oh wait ... The VMAs!"

    MTV found a replacement of sorts with "FNMTV." The show debuted over
    the summer in a 15-episode run hosted by Pete Wentz, bassist for
    rock band Fall Out Boy. Taped in Los Angeles, it aired Friday nights
    and televised exclusive music videos and performances by such
    diverse acts as Slipknot and the Jonas Brothers.

    MTV said it was bringing "FNMTV" back for another run in mid-
    November. Like last time, there will be no video countdown with the
    10 viewer favorites.
     
  2. Old Guy

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    10 years? wow. This makes me feel old. When I was in middle school (1998-2001) I was addicted to this show. I know it was mostly a chick show, but there was just so many some-what funny moments. I remember stuff like Carson Daly taking the entire studio audience across the street to Puff Daddy/P. Diddy's office and having the show from there. lol.
     
  3. Ajax

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    Same here, in middle school I couldnt get enough of this ****. Though I hated how they never played the full Music Video. Im actually shocked at the annoucment, I didnt know TRL still existed.
     
  4. Movie06

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    I didn't even know it went on for 10 years.
     
  5. Darklordavaitor

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    I'm just surprised that MTV's still been acknowledging the fact that they used to air music vids. If you have to have the fanchannel do something big for your 25th anniversary, you're doing something wrong.

    With that being said, although I'm no longer into the type of music that TRL considers top-10 worthy, I still have some nostalgia with watching it with my sister, and it'll be sad to see one of the last sanctions of music leave MTV. I might just watch that final episode, for old-times sake.
     
  6. Old Guy

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    The videos were voted on by teenage girls, so it's more of their "top 10 worthy" stuff. Speaking of teenage girls, I always remember those episodes where boy bands like *NSYNC and Backstreet Boys would show up and they had to shut down Time Square as a result. Crazy.

    However...

    It's not as crazy as their infamous hurricane episode with Al Rocker. lol.
     
  7. Cassie Star

    Cassie Star I have no gender.

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    Not all of them :(
     
  8. Silly McGooses

    Silly McGooses Active Member

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    I guess this the official R.I.P. to the "M" in "MTV"

    It's amazing how every cable network manages to drift away from its most basic concept until every channel becomes the same generic crap. MTV, TV Land, Cartoon Network, Nick at Night, Sci-Fi...the list is endless.
     
  9. The Irishman

    The Irishman Tall. Irish. Animation Anomaly

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    Considering that it comes years after the unofficial one.
     
  10. MegaJ

    MegaJ Like a spring breeze.

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    FNMTV on Fridays plays music videos and has live acts.
     
  11. hobbyfan

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    The fact that Empty-V kept moving TRL around wasn't enough to kill the show. Empty-V, like its sister channel Nick, thinks that replaying the same, tired, trend du jour shows over and over again (recouping production costs in this case) will bring the ratings from their zombie viewers. I'll take VH1 Classic over these losers any day of the week.

    They need to find someone who can actually convince the programming idiots that the M still stands for Music, then dump the reality shows (including repurping America's Next Top Model) and go back to the glory days when it was all music 24/7.
     
  12. KCJ506

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    How long before BET cancels 106th and Park in response?
     
  13. Spideyzilla

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    Maybe they got a new season of Spider-Man?;)
     
  14. Meson

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    TRL is no longer the show it once was. So, nothing of value will be lost.
     
  15. Space Cadet

    Space Cadet I'M SWEATING
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    That's what their digital channels are for.
     
  16. Cassie Star

    Cassie Star I have no gender.

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    Rap and hip-hop are a major part of BET's programming, so that ain't happenin' anytime soon.
     
  17. TMC1982

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    How did "TRL" become so irrelevant?

    http://weblogs.newsday.com/entertainment/tv/blog/2008/09/trlwhat_still_on.html

    Don't know about you but when the news broke late yesterday that "Total Request Live" was being canceled this November, my instant reax was: "Whaa? ... 'TRL'? ... Still on?"

    That's not good - if only because I'm supposed to be covering TV for a living and "TRL" was so far outa my zone of consciousness that I figured it had been put to rest years ago, along with N'Sync.

    "TRL": Now that's a blast from the distant past - a late-century institution that had the buzz that "Soul Train" or "American Bandstand" musta had a half century or so before that. It was a big deal, a very big deal (and especially for anyone who tried to circumnavigate the Times Square studios in the late afternoon). Those crazy kids would come home from high school and request some boy band, and before you know it, there they were, on-screen! And Carson Daly. Almost as famous as Brit.


    Here are some telling quotes that I lifted from the AP dispatch. They have a last-century feel to them, don't you think?

    "For the finale, [MTV boss Dave] Sirulnick said he hopes to celebrate with many of the "folks who helped make `TRL' what it is -- whether that's Justin (Timberlake) and his guys in N'Sync, the Backstreet Boys, Britney, Eminem -- I think we would love to see all of them here." That includes former host Carson Daly."

    In a statement, Eminem said: "I'm going to miss `TRL.' ... Where else will I be able to start feuds, defend my honor vigorously and act like an angry teenager on national TV? Oh wait ... The VMAs!"
     
  18. Icer

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    I remember watching it with Carson after middle school classes. Boy sure seems like yesterday, and that was around 10 years ago. Crazy
     
  19. Sonic_Eclipse

    Sonic_Eclipse Shut up! Shut up! Shut up!

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    This comes off as no surprise to me, MTV hasn't been "MTV" for years, I'm surprised this didn't happen sooner though.

    While TRL never really showed anything good, it is kinda sad to see it go, but it only shows how far MTV has strayed away from music. It won't surprise me at all if MTV in the future just completely stops giving music and changes the name of the network. Why do they still call themselves MTV anyway?

    We need another company to create a new 24/7 music channel.
     
  20. TMC1982

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    Without "TRL," MTV is pretty much just ... TV

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/16/AR2008091603603.html

    [​IMG]In an appreciation, Monica Hesse wonders if MTV can justify hosting the Video Music Awards now that the network is almost entirely devoted to reality programming. "That 'TRL' managed to hang on as long as it did is more surprising than the news that it's being canceled," she writes. "In the past few years, the whole concept of voter-generated countdown shows has started to feel extraneous. With the on-demand availability of YouTube, why waste time voting again and again and again for your faves at MTV.com? Why not just watch 'I Want It That Way' 57 times in a row online, retirement home be darned? What if we want it that way?" PLUS: MTV News says "TRL" was YouTube before YouTube even existed.
     

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