MTV Pulls Plug On TRL, Hit Show To End In November

In a surprising move today, MTV announced plans to can its long running countdown, Total Request Live (TRL) in November. Known for issuing rousing performances, breaking news, and the best in music videos, MTV’s TRL will end for good in just two months. As one of the network’s top shows, TRL became the home of exclusive news and outrageous appearances including the break-up of pop group 3LW, the unveiling of the new Destiny’s Child post “Say My Name,” Kanye West Vs. 50 Cent, and many of Usher’s most talked about television moments from Confessions to this year’s rant about his personal life caught live on the show. Dave Sirulnick, executive producer of “TRL,” said Monday that the music video countdown show will conclude in a two-hour special on a Saturday afternoon in November. He stressed that the show wasn’t ending for good, but felt now was the right time to give it a break after an unprecedented run on the cable music channel. “TRL” debuted in September 1998, ushering in the pop music scene with Britney Spears, the Backstreet Boys, Christina Aguilera, N’Sync and other acts. From its heydey until 2008, it’s been a destination for musicians, movie stars and celebrities promoting their new music, movies and other projects. TRL VJ’s including Lala, Carson Daly, Julissa, Sway, and Vanessa have each become well known MTV personalities, in some cases going on to star in separate ventures such as Last Call With Carson Daly. MTV has not announced a replacement for the show.


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