Things no one asked for.
This feels totally unnecessary, but maybe I just have a case of the Mondays. MTV is relaunching Total Request Live (TRL). The show was a staple in pop culture in the late '90s and early 2000s when television still made an impact in young peoples' lives. MTV president Chris McCarthy told the New York Times a new studio that faces Times Square is already under construction for the October premiere date. “If we’re going to come back and reinvent MTV, the studio is a given,” he says. “It is the centerpiece.”
And get this: StereoGum reports the new TRL will "run an hour a day at first, potentially building to two to three hours a day as the show develops." THREE HOURS OF TRL PER DAY.
In another piece of interesting news, MTV will no longer hand out Moonman awards at the VMAs. Instead, they've rebranded the shiny chunk of metal into a gender neutral figure. They're calling it the Moon Person. I did not make that up.
“Why should it be a man?” McCarthy explains. “It could be a man, it could be a woman, it could be transgender, it could be nonconformist.”
2017 keeps getting weirder.