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MTV’s TRL Is Returning to Television This Fall

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2017 is the year of the revival, and MTV’s TRL is that latest staple of the early aughts to rise from the dead.

According to The New York Times, a revamped version of TRL (a.k.a Total Request Live) will return in October to its signature Times Square studio (and possibly the Times Square plaza, where screaming fans would hold signs for hours just waiting for their favorite artist to glance out the studio window).

The new version of TRL will run for one hour, though it could potentially stretch to two or three hours per day if it’s successful, says MTV president Chris McCarthy. “It’s the right route,” he told the Times. “When you talk to artists and they say to you, unaware of what we’re doing, can you bring back TRL? We’d be crazy not to reinvent that.”

The original show ran from 1998 to 2008 and was the network’s centerpiece, featuring the day’s newest music videos and hottest artists. It’s the avenue through which Carson Daly rose to fame, though the Voice host will not be returning to his alma mater. Instead, there will be five relatively unknown new hosts (no word on whether they’ll be referred to as veejays — shorthand for video jockeys — as they were originally called).

TRL is not the only series that MTV has dug up from the past. Wild N Out and Fear Factor have both gotten reboots (starring Nick Cannon and Ludacris as hosts, respectively), and so has My Super Sweet Sixteen. MTV also recently launched Siesta Key, which many are referring to as a Florida-based cousin of Laguna Beach.

So now, get ready for a whole new generation of fans to be racing home from school to catch TRL on MTV (not to mention those of us who will be racing home from work to watch).

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Rihanna poses for a photo backstage during MTV’s Total Request Live at the MTV Times Square Studios on May 8, 2007 in New York City.

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Britney Spears backstage at a taping of MTV’s “TRL” in Times Square.

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Kanye West during MTV’s “TRL” announcing the nominations for the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards at MTV Studios in Times Square on August 7, 2007 in New York City.

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Shakira and Carson Daly during MTV’s Spankin’ New Music Week on TRL at the MTV studios in New York City.

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Christina Aguilera during “Spankin’ New Music Week” on TRL at the MTV studios in New York City.

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Jessica Simpson and Damien Fahey during a taping of MTV’s “TRL” in Times Square.

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Gwyneth Paltrow poses for a photo backstage during MTV’s Total Request Live at the MTV Times Square Studios September 16, 2004 in New York City.

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Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson appear on stage during MTV’s Total Request Live at the MTV Times Square Studios May 24, 2004 in New York City.

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NEAlicia Keys poses for a photo backstage during MTV’s Total Request Live at the MTV Times Square Studios December 21, 2005 in New York City.

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Beyonce Knowles makes an appearance on MTV’s Total Request Live on February 28, 2007 in New York City.

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Paris Hilton at the MTV Studios Times Square in New York City, New York.

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Charlize Theron attends a taping of MTV’s “TRL” in Times Square.

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Avril Lavigne attends a taping of MTV’s “TRL” in Times Square.

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Amy Adams appears onstage during MTV’s Total Request Live at the MTV Times Square Studios November 19, 2007 in New York City.

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Solange Knowles visits MTV’s “TRL” at the MTV studios in Times Square August 26, 2008 in New York City.

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Taylor Swift poses for a photo backstage during MTV’s Total Request Live on June 16, 2008 at the MTV Times Square Studios in New York City.

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Jennifer Lopez and Carson Daly at a taping of MTV’s “TRL” in Times Square.

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Kris Jenner and Kim Kardashian arrive at the “TRL” taping at the MTV Studios in Manhattan on August 25, 2008 in New York City.

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Ashley Olsen and Mary Kate Olsen during visit MTV’s “TRL” – May 5, 2004 at MTV Studios, Time Square in New York City, New York, United States.

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Keira Knightley during Keira Knightley Visits MTV’s “TRL” – June 28, 2004 at MTV Studios in New York City, New York, United States.

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Gwen Stefani with the Harajuku Girls during “TRL” – March 22, 2005 at MTV Studios, Times Square in New York City, New York, United States.

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Lauren Conrad visits MTV’s “TRL” – September 14, 2005 at MTV Studios in New York City, New York, United States.

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Michelle Williams, Kelly Rowland and Beyonce Knowles of Destiny’s Child visit MTV’s “TRL” in Times Square.

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Lindsay Lohan visits MTV’s “TRL” – December 7, 2004 at MTV Studios in New York City, NY, United States.

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Anne Hathaway visits MTV “TRL” – June 29, 2006 at MTV Studios in New York City, New York, United States.

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Ashlee Simpson visits MTV’s “TRL” – September 20, 2004 at MTV Studios – Times Square in New York City, New York, United States.

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Miley Cyrus appears on MTV’s “TRL” at the MTV studios in Times Square on July 18, 2008 in New York City.

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Rachel Bilson visits MTV’s “TRL” – February 23, 2005 at MTV Studios in New York City, NY, United States.

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Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu and Drew Barrymore visit MTV’s “TRL” – June 26, 2003 at MTV Studios Times Square in New York City, New York, United States.

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Carson Daly and Angelina Jolie during a taping of MTV’s “TRL” at MTV Studios- Times Square in New York City, New York, United States.

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