MTV Is Reviving Total Request Live

Is Anybody Really Going to Watch This?

By Sam Eichner ·
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Total Request Live, better known as TRL, will get the reboot treatment this October, MTV president Chris McCarthy told The New York Times.

Although Carson Daly is not attached, MTV is building a set facing Times Square, where the original aired. A cadre of five personalities—including Chicago radio host Erik Zachary and rapper/comedian DC Young Fly—will assume hosting responsibilities.

TRL is just one of several shows from the early aughts MTV has revived lately. New iterations of Fear Factor and Wild n’ Out are already on the air, and, according to the Times article, have given the network a substantial ratings boost over the past few months. Siesta Key, which premieres tonight (and has piqued the interest of at least one writer at UrbanDaddy—okay, fine, it’s me), is being billed as the next Laguna Beach.

But while reality TV is perhaps more relevant than ever, one has to wonder how the ubiquity of music streaming will affect the viewership of TRL. Fans of the original are aging out of MTV’s core demographic. And are teens and college-age adults really going to bother tuning in?

Guess we’ll have to wait ‘til October to find out.
Sam Eichner

Sam Eichner likes literature, reality television and his twin cats equally. He has consistently been told he needs a shave since he started growing facial hair.

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