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Posted Wednesday 3/14/18 at 6:35PM EDT
MTV says it isn't canceling TRL reboot, it's expanding it
MTV president Chris McCarthy responded to TMZ's report this afternoon that the reboot of Total Request Live had been canceled by announcing that, in fact, TRL is sticking around and will be expanding to morning and late-night editions. "It's thriving," he told The Hollywood Reporter. "We're expanding the franchise and will have three TRLs by summer," He added: "TRL has delivered incredible growth on linear and we've experienced two to three times the growth in our video streams and TRL is big piece of it — and that's why we're expanding it; we want more." The late-night edition will launch in the summer, airing four nights a week and serve as somewhat of an "after-show" to MTV's primetime programming. Total Request A.M. will air without commercials as a curated Spotify playlist with a traditional video countdown and performances.
Posted Friday 11/17/17 at 1:22PM EST
Stephen Colbert grilled Ben Affleck on Harvey Weinstein and TRL groping of Hilarie Burton
“What I was accused of by a woman was of touching her breast while I gave her a hug,” Affleck said last night's Late Show. “I don’t remember it, but I absolutely apologized for it. I certainly don’t think she’s lying or making it up. It’s just the kind of thing that we have to as men, I think, as we become more aware of this, be really, really mindful of our behavior and hold ourselves accountable and say, ‘If I was ever part of the problem, I want to change.”
Posted Wednesday 10/25/17 at 7:48PM EDT
MTV’s rebooted TRL still hasn't gotten its act together in Week 4
TRL’s problems stem, in part, from hiring internet stars as hosts who aren’t up to the task and for not figuring out its place in a social media world. “The TRL of 2017 is less a coherent show than a series of loosely threaded distractions,” says Jon Caramanica. “Each episode is an hour but feels like two. It is preoccupied with viral moments but creates none of its own, or barely anything even worth a GIF.” He adds: “Unforced errors abound, including oodles of technical hiccups: sloppy camerawork, dead air, missed cues.”
Posted Tuesday 10/24/17 at 4:58AM EDT
Jeffrey Dean Morgan reacts to Ben Affleck’s apology for groping wife Hilarie Burton years ago on TRL
The Walking Dead star says: “I don’t want to make a big deal of it because she didn’t, but I think everything that’s come out in the last couple of weeks, starting with Harvey Weinstein — anybody who has talked about it and even those who haven’t yet are incredibly brave and I think it’s time for change. Hopefully all this stuff is going to change this business. It’s prevalent all over and I’m proud of all these women. All women and my wife.”
Posted Thursday 10/12/17 at 4:30PM EDT
TRL ratings are a disaster
On one day, the MTV reboot was one of cable’s worst-rated shows.
Posted Wednesday 10/11/17 at 2:10PM EDT
Ben Affleck apologizes to Hilarie Burton after she alleged he groped her on TRL in 2003
The actress and former MTV VJ tweeted “I didn’t forget” when a Twitter user brought up yesterday that Affleck had once groped her breasts on TRL. Burton even linked to a video showing the incident. This morning, Affleck tweeted: “I acted inappropriately toward Ms. Burton and I sincerely apologize.”
Posted Friday 10/06/17 at 10:24PM EDT
Carson Daly is baffled MTV proceeded with launching the TRL reboot so soon after the Las Vegas tragedy
“Well, they’re going to postpone the launch after the tragedy that just happened, especially with it being at a concert,” Daly thought. “How are they going to launch a happy go-lucky video show?” The Voice host has yet to watch the reboot, but he says MTV has a “tough task” ahead because “the world has changed so much, especially in the consumption of music and technology and the internet and smartphones. “You were stuck watching me, *NSYNC and Kid Rock back then because we were the only show in town. You know? It was like American Bandstand. Now, you don’t have to do that anymore.” ALSO: TRL doesn’t know what it wants to be in 2017.
Posted Thursday 10/05/17 at 9:47PM EDT
It took three days for the TRL reboot to show a glimpse of a music video
Music videos on the new TRL are an afterthought used as bumpers for commercials breaks.
Posted Monday 10/02/17 at 8:13PM EDT
MTV’s TRL revival had a bad debut, made worse in wake of the Las Vegas tragedy
There are no requests or music videos on this new iteration of TRL. Add to that the awkwardness of having to do a high-energy show in the wake of a horrible tragedy. “The frantic hour was the television equivalent of a strobe light,” says Kevin Fallon, “blinding viewers with nanosecond content that its unseasoned hosts couldn’t manage to keep up with, let alone anyone watching at home: A performance! Now 10 seconds of an interview! A game! A prayer! Back to the interview! Out to Times Square! Just kidding, back to the studio! A viral video! Ed Sheeran! Twerk on strangers! Should we do another prayer? The premiere of this new, social-media age TRL unveiled a MTV populated by Vine stars, where music videos are watched on YouTube, and in which the teenagers in the TRL audience are experts at contouring and fashionable enough to star in their own videos—a far cry from the constellation of acne, rat’s nest of braces, and factory of Abercrombie t-shirts that defined the O.G. TRL aesthetic.”
Posted Monday 10/02/17 at 8:13PM EDT
ESPN changes its mind, opts to show national anthem on Monday Night Football following Las Vegas tragedy
ESPN originally decided not to show tonight’s anthem before the Kansas City Chiefs-Washington Redskins game, after last week’s anthem protests had died down. But the Las Vegas shooting tragedy prompted ESPN to change its mind and show the anthem, followed by a moment of silence.
- Dancing With the Stars to open Monday’s show with a moment of silence
- MTV airs an anti-gun PSA during TRL premiere
CW postpones Las Vegas-filmed iHeartRadio Music Festival and Penn & Teller: Fool Us finale
- Mariah Carey was informed of the shooting while being interviewed on live British TV
- President Trump’s Hannity interview canceled over shooting
- Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest were visibly emotional addressing the tragedy on Live
- CBS fires lawyer for posting on Facebook: “I’m actually not even sympathetic bc country music fans are often republican gun toters”
Flip or Flop’s Tarek El Moussa left the concert shortly before the gunmen began firing
Posted Friday 9/29/17 at 11:05PM EDT
MTV’s rebooted TRL would gladly welcome President Trump on the show
TRL showrunner Albert Lewitinn has been receiving some flak for hedging when asked about hyping artists who have abused women and for saying he’d welcome the president. “He's welcome to hashtag us and @ TRL,” says Lewitinn. “He's the president of the United States. Of course we would welcome him on. He's the president of the United States.”
Posted Tuesday 9/26/17 at 2:26AM EDT
MTV’s TRL reboots with Ed Sheeran and Migos as first guests
The music video countdown show returns next Monday.