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MTV's Total Request Live is totally cancelled

by Annie Wu, posted Sep 17th 2008 12:02PM
Old Carson DalyI guess the real news should be "MTV's Total Request Live is still on", because I -- and anybody else that is over twelve years old and/or doesn't listen to the Jonas Brothers -- had definitely forgotten about it. Really, what can be said about a program that started going downhill after Carson Daly left? The show will attempt to go out with some semblance of a bang in the form of a two-hour Saturday afternoon special next month. I'm not sure if anyone will cry, but I can almost guarantee plenty of unnecessary gyration and poorly-wailed lyrics.

TRL, as Total Request Live is affectionately called, debuted almost exactly ten years ago, back in September of 1998. It started off pretty modestly but then exploded into a solid block of shrill screaming and poorly-edited music videos in almost no time. Soon, it became a required stop for any musician that wanted to get cool cred with the teen crowd. Then people started catching on to the fact that Carson Daly's kind of a toolbox and then Daly caught on that everyone was catching on and he made a run for Conan O'Brien's half-asleep dregs.

Now, if we could safely shift homes for True Life and Made and then kill the rest of MTV, mankind may be able to redeem itself. Quickly! Before Jessica Simpson sings again!

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Miles D

a crippling loss, to be certain

September 22 2008 at 11:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Peanut

So are the Daily Show reviews gone?

September 18 2008 at 1:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
eric f

I think the show was cancelled because it contained too much music for MTV.

September 18 2008 at 10:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Oreo

Best comment here!

And it only sucked for the last 4-5 years?!?! Try at least 10.

September 18 2008 at 11:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
corkdraw

its weird seeing old pictures of him back when he was kinda chubby, big difference compared to now manorexic carson daly

September 17 2008 at 9:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
corkdraw

its weird seeing old pictures of him back when he was sorta chubby, big difference compared to the now manorexic carson daly

September 17 2008 at 9:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Maddyfan

TRL sucked long before Carson left it.

September 17 2008 at 7:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Cincinnati Mike

"Really, what can be said about a program that started going downhill AFTER Carson Daly left?"

Annie, that's got to be the line of the day!

September 17 2008 at 4:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ac

I think they should just change the network name to STV a long time ago.

September 17 2008 at 3:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bbrown

The thing that always most pissed me off about TRL was that they didn't play the whole video they only played a minute or two tops.

September 17 2008 at 2:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gina

This show was great in its early years, but not in the last four or five. It is still sad to see it go though.

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September 17 2008 at 1:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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