Bring back music videos to TV! We’ve been saying it for years, and now it’s finally coming true. Total Request Live, MTV’s hit music video countdown from the late 90s and early 00s, is coming back to the network television this October. That’s right: MTV is going back to its roots and bringing the music back. Here’s everything we know about the reboot so far.
Will TRL be the same without Carson Daly?
The reboot will feature a rotation of different relatively unknown hosts, including Erik Zachary, a Chicago radio host, and DC Young Fly, a comedian and rapper. Carson Daly — whose time on TRL led to his rise in fame — will not be returning.
And it’s returning to Times Square.
A new studio at TRL’s old location at 44th Street and Broadway in Times Square is currently under construction and will house the reboot, according to the New York Times. “If we’re going to come back and reinvent MTV, the studio is a given,” MTV’s President, Chris McCarthy, said.
The old MTV is finally coming back!
The decision to bring back the music-focused show was also McCarthy’s, who has been making drastic changes to MTV since he became president at the end of 2016. McCarthy also decided to reboot two other MTV classics, Fear Factor and Wild’n Out, and ratings for the network have gone up since. And Siesta Key, another new show to the network with Laguna Beach vibes, is premiering tonight.
It’s called music television for a reason, right?
TRL’s reboot follows McCarthy’s decision to pull back on MTV News, a project focused on music journalism.
“We put young people on the screen, and we let the world hear their voices,” McCarthy said. “We shouldn’t be writing 6,000-word articles on telling people how to feel.”