After 10 years, MTV bids adieu to TRL

September 18, 2008  |  8:30am
Via the Associated Press, word is that TRL is shutting down operations after a final farewell episode in November. The MTV video-countdown show, which premiered in Sept. 1998 and peaked in 1999, had reasonable fame while being hosted by Carson Daly until 2003, but has recently not done as well in ratings. Even still, the show became a popular place for artists to debut new music and videos.

David Sirulnick, executive producer, says that Total Request Live may not be done for good, but after 10 years is in need of a good break. "We want to close this era of `TRL' in a big celebratory way, and 10 is a great number," he told the AP. "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!"

It's not hard to guess what might be taking the TRL throne. MTV plans to bring back FNMTV in mid-November. The Friday night show, which debuted 15 episodes over the summer with host Pete Wentz, premieres exclusive videos and live performances. Pink recently debuted her video "So What" on the show.

The final two hour TRL will air on an as-yet-to-be-announced Saturday afternoon in November. Tune in to catch the reappearance of some of your favorite acts from 98'-03', including Daly himself.

Related links:
ATRL.net
TRL on MySpace
YouTube: TRL mainstay Eminem 2000 interview

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