MTV Brings Back TRL, Makes Astronaut Gender Neutral

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    MTV is bringing back TRL.

    Just in case y’all don’t know, TRL (or Total Request Live), ran on MTV from 1998-2008. Hosted by Carson Daly, the show saw featured TONS of musical guests — seriously, name one… they were probably on it — and counted down the top music videos.

    Basically, TRL was all that back when MTV was actually, you know, about MUSIC.

    In an interview with The New York Times, MTV president Chris McCarthy revealed the iconic show would be relaunching in October. And the Times Square studio? Already under construction.

    If we’re going to come back and reinvent MTV, the studio is a given. It is the centerpiece.

    Come October, the show will run an hour a day, and potentially build to two or three hours a day as the show develops.

    Will Carson Daly be returning? Sadly, no. Five co-hosts — including rapper and comedian DC Young Fly and Chicago radio host Erik Zachary — will be taking over.

    In addition to bringing back one of the network’s most successful shows, another very distinct change is on its way to MTV.

    Say good bye to the ‘Moonman.’

    While the popular VMA trophy, itself, isn’t necessarily going anywhere, it is getting a change in name. You may remember that the acting categories at the the Movie and TV Awards were gender neutral, and now, the trophy will be too! Rather than a ‘Moonman,’ the trophy will be called a ‘Moon Person.’

    Chris McCarthy explains:

    Why should it be a man? It could be a man, it could be a woman, it could be transgender, it could be nonconformist.

    Thoughts on what’s to come for MTV? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter at @WhatsTrending.

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