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MTV’s Revamped Version Of ‘TRL’ Not Cancelled After All

False alarm.

Total Request Live, MTV's reboot of the former Carson Daly music and interview show, is not going anywhere. In fact, the Viacom-owned cable network plans to grow the franchise to include three different dayparts.

After TMZ posted that MTV was canceling the revived TRL, network president Chris McCarthy (who also oversees VH1 and Logo) spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about his plan to expand beyond the current afternoon edition — which, contrary to reports, will return in April as planned — as well as morning and late-night offshoots.

All told, a version of TRL will air three times a day on the linear network starting this summer, McCarthy says.

"It's thriving. We're expanding the franchise and will have three TRLs by summer," McCarthy tells THR. (The revival's October premiere drew just 166,000 live same-day viewers.) "TRL has delivered incredible growth on linear and we've experienced two to three times the growth in our video streams and TRL is big piece of it — and that's why we're expanding it; we want more."

MTV has been quietly piloting an on-air late-night version franchise — Total Request Late-Night, which started Feb. 19  that has been airing twice a week at 11 p.m. and will expand that to four nights a week come summer, McCarthy says. "It's a top three series at 11 p.m.," he notes of the evening series, which is up 188 percent among adults 18-34 vs. its previous programming.) The half-hour series is currently fronted by Girl Code breakout Nessa, though it is expected to add other rotating hosts.

The late-night version will be part "after-show" targeting some of MTV's tentpole programs — like Jersey Shore, for example — as well as music, live performances, celebrity guests and more. The series will launch full-time — four nights a week — in the summer and target adults 18-34.

Also in the works for the summer is Total Request A.M., which will be a curated Spotify list of sorts and be a "pure music play," McCarthy says — without commercials — and feature a more traditional video countdown as well as music performances. A host for the morning version, which will run an hour a day, has not yet been determined. That is likely to launch in the summer. MTV is currently curating both the late-night and morning editions without a showrunner for the time being.

The afternoon version of TRL, which launched Oct. 2, will still return April 9 as planned as a two-hour block with its roster of rotating hosts and social media stars serving as correspondents. The series, which will feature music videos, interviews, performances and skits, will shift to focus on a younger demo — 12-24 — when it returns.

"We've always had the March hiatus planned," McCarthy says of the flagship afternoon edition. "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."

The afternoon TRL is broadcast live from a state-of-the-art studio that McCarthy had constructed in Times Square, behind the Viacom building where MTV's East Coast offices are housed. The executive hopes the space becomes a one-stop shop for concerts and other live events as he looks to elevate MTV's brand outside of the linear network.

TRL has been a big play for McCarthy, who has steered MTV away from scripted and focused more on its roots as a space for the hard to reach millennial viewers, the same demo who helped put the cable network on the map in the '80s. To that end, McCarthy has revived Jersey Shore, Fear Factor and other unscripted series as it looks to use pricey original scripted fare as tentpole events every quarter after wrapping Teen Wolf last year.

This article was originally published on Billboard.

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Rapper and entrepreneur Jay “Jeezy” Jenkins has teamed up with FOX Soul for his very own talk show, Worth A Conversation with Jay “Jeezy” Jenkins. Set to premiere next month on the live and interactive streaming channel, Worth A Conversation aims to hold conversations on topics that resonate within the Black community and intersect entertainment, politics, social justice, sports, and more.

“It has been my passion and my drive to inspire, motivate, and educate my culture," said Jenkins in the official press release. "Every song I’ve ever written, every word I’ve uttered came from a real place and this is no different. Worth A Conversation is self-explanatory. I will talk about issues that directly affect my culture and it’s people. From the front porch conversations to real-life situations, Worth A Conversation is bridging the gap. I’m excited to be a part of the FOX Soul family and can’t wait to introduce you to Jay “Jeezy” Jenkins.”

It's no surprise that Jeezy is taking the hosting route. His fiancée Jeannie Mai serves as a co-host on the daytime syndicated talk show, The Real, which began it's run on the FOX network. Guess it's safe to say talk show hosting will soon be family business.

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Yara Shahidi Cast As Tinker Bell In Live-Action ‘Peter Pan’

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Chris Rock is returning to Saturday Night Live as host of the upcoming 46th season. The 55-year-old comedian will helm the season premiere next week with Meghan Thee Stallion as the musical guest, NBC announced on Thursday (Sept. 24).

Airing on Oct. 3, the season premiere marks SNL’s return to its headquarters at Rockefeller Center since March. The long-running sketch comedy show went virtual last season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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