Looks like the 'M' in MTV might mean 'music' after all. MTV has announced that it will relaunch "Total Request Live (TRL)" this October. As with the original version of this video countdown juggernaut, the show will shoot from its Times Square studio location.
Said MTV President Chris McCarthy, in an interview with The New York Times, “If we’re going to come back and reinvent MTV, the studio is a given. It is the centerpiece.”
"TRL," which was originally hosted by Carson Daly and ran from 1998-2008, was a major sales boost for artists that appeared on the show and helped establish the careers of Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, Christina Aguilera and 'N Sync. It also was a massive nightmare for people who worked in Times Square area, as fans of an artist appearing at "TRL" would clog the sidewalks nearby in hopes of catching a glimpse of their favorite artist.
The new TRL will be hosted by rapper and comedian DC Young Fly and Chicago radio host Erik Zachary. It will run an hour a day, possibly expanding its run time to two to three hours a day.