MTV’s “Total Request Live” (“TRL”) will air its last episode on Nov. 16. After 10 years of exclusive interviews with the hottest recording artists, actors and celebrities, the show departs a network that is not intent on playing music videos anymore.
“I used to watch ‘TRL’ but I got bored with it,” Amanda Cupelli, a sophomore public relations major said. “I feel like its geared more towards younger people so I really have no interest anymore. But it used to be cool so I’m sad it’s going off air. I liked watching it when there was nothing else to watch.”
One possible downfall to its success was Carson Daly’s absence from the show to pursue bigger and better projects, such as his late night talk show on NBC.
For a channel named “Music Television,” some may find it odd that music videos are no longer played during the day. Even with the evolution of MTV, fans have still lined the streets in Times Square just for the chance to enter the studio and get caught up in all the hype of the entertainment world.
Yet, “TRL” will go out with a bang-a finale celebration, entitled “Total Finale Live.” For the past few weeks, the biggest celebrities and entertainers visited the “TRL” studio to bid the show farewell and make their final appearances. Since Oct. 21, the show has been counting down the final days with replays of the best music videos, guests, news and funniest moments. The flashback shows have played on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays of this past month.
During the final “TRL” party, Beyoncé, 50 Cent and the Backstreet Boys are set to perform. Diddy, Mariah Carey, Ludacris, Snoop Dogg, Nelly, Taylor Swift, Hilary Duff, Good Charlotte’s Benji and Joel Madden, Limp Bizkit front man Fred Durst and Korn’s Jonathan Davis will make guest appearances on the finale shows and talk about the strong impact it has made on modern pop culture. Furthermore, former host Carson Daly will co-host the final show.
“TRL” began on Sept. 14, 1998 and 2,000 plus episodes have aired since. It was originally a pre-taped top five countdown, called “Total Request,” until MTV added ‘Live’ to the end of its title in September of 1998. The re-vamped show also added another five videos with statistics.
The first bands and artists that made their debut on the show in 1998 were the Backstreet Boys, ‘N Sync, Aaliyah, Britney Spears, Will Smith, Usher and the Goo Goo Dolls. The first guest on the Sept. 14, 1998 episode was Marilyn Manson and the first live performance for the series occurred on Sept. 28, 1998 by ‘N Sync, with their hit “Tearin’ Up My Heart.”
Carson Daly hosted from 1998 until 2002. In 2003, different VJ’s replaced Daly, including Damien Fahey, Quddus, LaLa, Vanessa Minnillo, Hilarie Burton, Susie Castillo and Stephen Coletti.
“We want to close this era of ‘TRL’ in a big celebratory way, and 10 is a great number,” Dave Sirulnick, executive producer of TRL, said to the Associated Press in September. “And 10 is the number that ‘TRL’ counted down every single day for 10 years, and we hit this 10th (anniversary) and we thought, ‘You know what? This feels like the right time and let’s celebrate it and let’s reward it. And let’s let it have a little bit of a rest for a minute.’ Let it catch its breath! Been working hard – for 10 years!”
“I’m going to miss “TRL,” rapper Eminem said regarding the show’s ending. “Where else will I be able to start feuds, defend my honor vigorously and act like an angry teenager on national TV?”
The cancellation of “TRL” will affect a majority of young Americans who grew up with the show in the late ’90’s and turned to the show every weekday afternoon to view incredible guests, videos and live performances.
The finale of “Total Request Live” will air Sunday, Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. Visit trl.mtv.com for more information.