MTV’s TRL Canceled … Again

Published: Wednesday 14th Mar 2018 by Sam

It’s a wrap for MTV’s TRL…once again.

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After launching to less than stellar ratings last October, the rebooted version of ‘Total Request Live’ – which had been off-air for 9 years – never quite got off the struggle bus.

Now TMZ confirm that the series is being sent straight back to the recycle bin.

Word on the curb is that an email was sent to employees informing them the show is being axed again.

Per the message,  TRL won’t be back on April 9th – as was scheduled after its February break.

Rather than going completely Casper, the series will “pivot to short form content that will be featured on social and digital platforms.”

During its brief run, the show struggled to consistently attract major names, saw its hosts (including DC Young Fly) panned, and was watched by the bare minimum – often commanding an audience of less than 200,000.


While a revival may have looked good on paper, this proved to be a failed exercise.

From our vantage point, a number of key mistakes were made – namely not launching after the ratings juggernaut of the VMAs (in August) and opting not to feature a video countdown.

That said, maybe this just highlights that such shows just don’t work in this climate and that resources would be better funnelled into developing fresh concepts.

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  1. Kenhern March 14, 2018

    No surprised. In this day and age we don’t need TRL it’s done and over with. We need the continuation of The Hills

  2. stan March 14, 2018

    good riddance. i wish the same could be said for other recycled shows.

  3. Nicki Soon Come Be Very Scared Rap B!tches March 14, 2018

    The 90’s are Over just like Remy Ma & Iggy’s Career

  4. Meme March 14, 2018

    Different times. I haven’t seen a music video on tv in almost 10 yrs. no lie.

  5. Yessssss! ✋?? March 14, 2018

    That is so embarrassing hahaha but no. I’m not shocked

  6. John March 14, 2018

    I think we all saw this coming. I actually enjoyed TRL in its short rebooted run. random but i think mtv and other platforms should do more on social media for example having an interview with a superstar like a Beyonce, card b on instagram live.

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