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For those who thought TRL was canceled, the good news is it’s still on and expanding!
TRL also known as Total Request Live is staying on the air, unlike prior reports.
However, instead of keeping their original concept, they are taking it a step further and creating two additional shows. A morning show, one at noon, and another at night.
Yesterday, reports were flooding the internet and social media saying that the show was being pulled, but according to president Chris McCarthy that is not happening.
“It’s thriving. We’re expanding the franchise and will have three TRLs by summer. TRL has delivered incredible growth on linear, and we’ve experienced two to three times the growth in our video streams, and TRL is a big piece of it — and that’s why we’re expanding it; we want more.”
Now one thing that no one saw coming was a promo of what they had in store for their night time show. Back in February, they launched a two night a week show around 11 PM which was seen as a trial run.
There was the success behind that so they decided that the show would increase to four times a week.
While this absence from MTV may have been a shock to fans, it seems that the network had this planned the whole time.
“We’ve always had the March hiatus planned,” McCarthy says. “We’re expanding to target different demographics and dayparts. … All three [versions of TRL] will be airing by June. We have no plans of not having TRL on our linear network; there won’t be a time when we don’t have it on. The show has been killing it for us.”
As expected, the original block that TRL had will return April 9th as a two-hour block.