Total Request Live Reboot

Do you remember Total Request Live on MTV? The result of a mash-up of the live program MTV Live and the fan-controlled countdown aspect of Total Request, the program would become one of the most popular programs on the music-based network in the late 90s and through the late 2000s. Hosted by Carson Daly before The Voice was a thing and airing weekday afternoons, the series had fans voting by internet, phone and text for which music videos from their favorite artists would make a Top 10 countdown. Getting the #1 spot was quite the coveted honor, and the show was one of those things that all the cool kids were watching after school.

Total Request Live (or TRL as it came to be known) was canceled back in the fall of 2008, but now nine years later, MTV has announced they will be rebooting the program in October touting a new studio in Times Square, just like the original show, but with “bigger audiences, expansive sets and simultaneous productions including new digital extensions of TRL.” We’re not really sure what that last part means, but we’re also not really sure why Total Request Live is being rebooted in the age of YouTube where music videos are just the click of a mouse or the touch of a screen away. Read More »

teen wolf reboot

MTV’s television reboot of Teen Wolf hasn’t even shed its claws yet, and the cable network is already looking to reboot it again…but this time as a podcast. Um, what?

You read that right: Teen Wolf, which itself was a gritty TV reboot of a 1985 camp classic film starring Michael J. Fox, is facing another transformation into an anthology series and a continuation of the current series in podcast form.

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MTV Movie and TV Awards Acting Categories

Normally the MTV Movie Awards are just a way for studios to pander to a younger demographic by having movies look hip and cool by getting nominated for awards like Best Kiss, Best Villain, Best Fight and Best WTF Moment. However, this year the newly dubbed MTV Movie & TV Awards will be a trailblazer in a meaningful way.

The nominations for the MTV Movie & TV Awards were announced this week, and with them came a change in how some of their categories are separated. Rather than dividing up the acting awards with Best Actor and Best Actress categories, there will now be single non-gendered acting categories in both the movie and TV arenas so that non-binary talents are not forced to identify as something they’re not.

Find out more about the revamped MTV Movie and TV Awards acting categories below. Read More »

mtv movie awards

Say what you will about the MTV Movie Awards. Do the awards themselves have any credibility? Probably not, but the award show is consistently one of the more entertaining film award shows on television. Well MTV is making some significant changes to their annual award bash, announcing that they are renaming it the MTV Movie and TV Awards so that the show can be expanded to include television shows. Hit the jump to learn more.
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the exorcist ben daniels

Here’s the thing about the television adaptations of The Exorcist and Scream – they both sound like terrible ideas. They booth reek of desperation, of television networks dragging a popular and familiar name kicking and screaming into another medium, hoping that name recognition alone will attract an audience. In the age of The Walking Dead and American Horror Story, an age where horror on television has actually become popular, these shows feel like they should be the half-assed attempts to cash in on the small screen’s current obsession with things that go bump in the night.

But this is the point where I choke on my words, eat my hat, etc. Fox’s television riff on The Exorcist and MTV’s reinvention of Scream are not only good, but they’re also two horror-themed shows I’d actually recommend above the other major players in the genre this Halloween. I’m as surprised as anyone when I say that if you can only find time for two spooky shows to binge-watch during the season of the witch, pick these.

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MTV Classic

Right now Nickelodeon is enjoying a dip back into the nostalgia of the ’90s with the programming block known as The Splat and the developing of projects such as the NickToons movie and a TV movie based on Legends of the Hidden Temple. Now it looks like MTV has been bitten by the nostalgia bug as the network is preparing to debut MTV Classic.

In what is a full-on revamp of VH1 Classic, the new channel will put a focus on the 1990s original programming that helped make the network a success in that decade and into the 2000s. This includes Beavis and Butt-Head, Daria, Cribs, Punk’d and much more, but there’s plenty of other awesome retrospective programming coming to this new channel as well. Find out about all the shows you’ll be able to see on MTV Classic and other nostalgic programming in the works after the jump. Read More »