Carson Daly & Britney Spears (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)


First came the Boy Meets World revival, then Fuller House, then Gilmore Girls, and now Total Request Live is coming back on the air? It looks like the 90’s-early 2000’s nostalgia is coming in full swing again.

Back in 2008, Total Request Live, the most popular show to ever air on MTV ended its decade long run. For those who need a refresher, the program regularly showcased music videos for the 10 most requested songs each week. Viewers could either phone in or vote online to pick which videos would air during TRL’s Top 10 countdown. The vision of hundreds of people standing outside of the Times Square studio holding up signs and fighting for the attention of the MTV cameras is still all too clear.*

*The Naked Cowboy saw much success in this area



At its height, TRL was hosted by the now infamous Carson Daly, who sadly won’t be returning for the show’s reboot. Instead, five VJ’s will team up in an attempt to fill his shoes. (But will they rock Daly’s black nail polish? We doubt it). The new program will again be filmed in the famous Times Square studio where it all began.


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According to MTV president Chris McCarthy, the TRL revival will debut in October. Following mostly dipping network ratings over the last four years, this back to basics approach where MTV focuses on — gasp — the music, could be just what the network needs.

“MTV at it’s best, whether it’s news, whether it’s a show, whether it’s a docu-series— is about amplifying young people’s voices. We put young people on the screen, and we let the world hear their voices” explains McCarthy, who has been actively rebranding the network since taking over as president last year. “MTV’s reinvention is coming by harnessing its heritage” he adds.


Good Charlotte visits the TRL studios


Would you watch an MTV Total Request Live Reboot? Do you think the show will do better in a day and age where we seem to quantify just about everything or is this a mistake on the network’s part? Let us know in the comments.


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