MTV deny that ‘TRL’ reboot has been cancelled already

Classic show was relaunched just five months ago

MTV has denied reports that it has axed the reboot of iconic music show Total Request Live just five months after it launched.

TRL was re-launched by the channel in October 2017, and has been met with poor reviews and ratings ever since.

The show went on hiatus in February and was meant to return in April, but according to new reports of an internal email at MTV, will instead “pivot to short form content that will be featured on social and digital platforms.”


“TRL has been a huge success for us and we’re expanding the franchise with daily late night and morning shows this summer,” said an MTV spokesperson, stating that the show would return as planned in April.

MTV president Chris McCarthy has told The Hollywood Reporter that a late-night version of the show, called Total Request Late-Night, will expand to four nights a week this summer. An hour-long morning edition, called Total Request A.M, will also be introduced.

“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,” McCarthy said. “The show has been killing it for us.”

Speaking to TV Guide, original host around the time of TRL‘s initial axing, Carson Daily pointed to the internet as part of the reason the show was initially cancelled.

“Look at right now in music”, he said, “there’s now media spread out everywhere. People are spending their time in different ways, but back in ’98, for young people, this was their after-school special. This was something they’d come home to that they count on and interact with, which was new at the time.”