MTV bids adieu to 'TRL'

Carsondalytrl_lThe suits over at MTV have decided to pull the plug on Total Request Live after 10 years on the air — which for MTV is equivalent to maybe 200 in human years. Executive producer Dave Sirulnick says the show, which will conclude on a Saturday in November with a two-hour special, isn’t gone for good, but just taking a rest — which sounds a bit like a concerned parent telling the children at Grandpa’s funeral, "See, it’s kind of like he’s sleeping." Apparently, MTV’s new Pete Wentz-hosted FNMTV show is being touted as the next-gen TRL.

The news raises a few questions:

1. TRL was still on the air?
2. Does this mean Internet officially killed the video star?
3. Is Pete Wentz the new Carson Daly?
4. When will MTV quit pretending to care about music and fully commit to being a reality-TV channel?
5. What’s an FNMTV, and is it anything like an OMFG? (Apparently, the young-uns love the FNMTV; check it out here.)

Anyone gonna miss TRL? Care to share some memories of TRL from its ‘N Sync-Eminem-Britney Spears heyday? Who would win in a fight between Daly and Ryan Seacrest? Discuss.

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  • Winona

    I still remember Adam Curry and 1-800-DIAL-MTV. :-) I’ve hardly watched TRL, and when I have, I absolutely cannot stand the claustrophobia of 100 teenagers screaming on cue. I am intrigued by Pete Wentz’s new venture, and will have to check that out.

  • Anonymous

    Happy Days. This show, and MTV, have ruin music. There are so many ways why this was a horrible show, but I’ll list just one right now. TRL never played a whole video. They would play a minute of a 2 minute video and then end with a bunch of screaming 13 yr olds. Never come back TRL. I will say one nice thing about TRL. TRL was the only part in a 24 hour day that MTV attempted to play music vidoes. Other then that, all we got on MTV were reality shows that repeated over and over again.

  • Alexandria

    There was a time when I watched TRL, and that was seven years ago when I was 13.
    And with the end of TRL comes the end of all music programming on the channel. They didn’t even play the whole videos anymore, did they?

  • Amy Leigh

    Ah, *NSYNC & Britney Spears, those were the days. The battles between the *NSYNC fans and the BSB fans (I fell on the *NSYNC side of things myself). I’ll never forget being in the TRL studio back in 2001 when *NSYNC’s No Strings Attached came out and looking down on Times Square to see the streets lined with thousands of screaming fans with the boys from *NSYNC in the studio. That’s the TRL I’ll miss. The one going off the air today, eh, not a big fan of it. I would like to see the final episode be a ‘best of’ show with all the great moments over the past 10 years.

  • Jacob

    I’m sad to see TRL end!! I remember the good old days: Watching the Backstreet Boys sing on top of the MTV building with a huge audience in Times Square, Mariah unleashed, Britney Spears, Elton John and Justin Timberlake interview, MJ and Carson D! So many good memories!! I hope Daly returns for this farewell special!!

  • Sarah

    Not only do I remember TRL back in it’s heyday, I remember TRL BEFORE it’s heyday–back when it was just Carson Daly, a camera, no studio audience at all, and 10 music videos. It’s a shame really, that it’s become what it is. TRL was the show I watched, at one time, to learn new songs across genre lines. I mean, I initially watched the show for things like the Backstreet Boys, but I never EVER would have found songs I like in Limp Bizkit or Eminem without TRL’s influence. I remember how exciting it was to premiere a new video, how artists made TRL as important as Leno, and how many of those damn “vote NKOTB onto TRL” fwds I got. Without TRL we have no Carson Daly, no Jesse Camp… no Mariah Carey breakdown. I’m not sad to see THIS incarnation of TRL go, but the teenager inside of me misses the 2001-era TRL, and the 2001-era MTV for that matter.

  • Beth

    Even though it was still called TRL for the last couple of years, it hasn’t been that since Carson Daly left. He was TRL. Carson was the only VJ that could interview the likes of Britney Spears and Eminem with any kind of ease because Carson was a music fan and knew the artists as well as the fans. He was replaced with former beauty queens who may have looked good on TV and could read a teleprompter but they knew nothing about music and that is what killed TRL. It lost it’s heart when Carson left and so in my opinion it was over years ago.

  • Los

    Yeah, there’s something I’ll miss: Watching 10 seconds of a video I’m trying to enjoy (that is, if the artist is actually good) while some preteen is sitting on the corner of the screen screaming “WOOOOOOO!!!” right up until the camera cuts away to whatever VJ was hired that week. While there’s no denying its impact on pop culture, TRL was clearly the beginning of the end for MTV, and the news of its cancellation has given me a noticeable pep in my step. Good riddance. Long live music.

  • Mark

    I remember the heyday of Total Request Live. It was great at the begining and was something you had to watch everyday after school. But then they got away from the point of TRL and just threw in a 15 second clip of a video or shoved the video in a small box in the corner so Jessica from Philadelphia can scream “OMG I WANT TO GIVE A SHOUT OUT TO MY BOO JACOB, MY FRIEND EMILY, KRYSTAL AND OMG :SCREAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAM:”
    Yeah that’s when I lost interest.

  • Kurt

    The traditional trend of MTV over the past 20 years. The last bit of music that MTV actually had (even if in 1 minute increments). I remember when Music Television actually had music, but that is no more. I didn’t care much for TRL; there’s no love lost there, but it’s still a sad fact that the last remaining music on Music Television is gone. The suits at MTV should consider changing the channel’s name now.

  • Alfredo

    I remember TRL during its heyday. I also remember its predecessors. There was MTV Live and later on at night they would give Total Request with Carson Daly in a dark room by himself. Oh how I miss my TRL from back in the day – you know 1999 – when Britney was still a “virgin” I want the MTV back

  • Cheezbloc21

    Jeez and crackers, of course MTV is booting TRL ten years for that channel is like a lifetime. I can honestley say in its day TRL was great. It kept you informed and you got to see the music videos of some of the amazing artists over the years. The sad thing is now music videos will never be shown on that dern channel so whats the point for an artist to make one now???

  • Elizabeth

    I used to vote every day for about 20 minutes for the BSB during my internship during the peak of TRL. Ah, “Everybody” – that was the video!!
    Yes, I agree that MTV is so far away from videos, but I don’t think its the internet’s fault. I don’t think videos are as necessary as they used to be.

  • Rob Grizzly

    Judging by his cameo in Knocked Up, I’d say Seacrest beats up Daily- looks like the dude’s got a mean streak deep inside! (though it would still be a girly slap fight, so this all isn’t saying much)
    I’ve always hated TRL, from the moment it debuted, so I’m glad they’re finally pulling the plug.
    I’m not surprised at all by this. The show just had too much music, which nowadays, is counter programming to what MTV normally airs.
    Yes, internet killed the video star.

  • brandi

    Carson would beat Ryan to a pulp and hopefully spit on him afterwards. Ryan sucks.

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