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VH1 reflects on “The TRL Decade”

U.S. net VH1 is to look back on iconic MTV video countdown show Total Request Live with a one-off documentary special, The TRL Decade, premiering December 15 at 9 p.m. EST. (pictured: TRL host Carson Daly and pop star Britney Spears)
November 16, 2011

U.S. net VH1 is to look back on iconic MTV video countdown show Total Request Live with a one-off documentary special, The TRL Decade, premiering December 15 at 9 p.m. EST.

The doc promises to give viewers “a chance to relive all the excitement of the screaming fans, unforgettable moments and music-loving Times Square takeover that was mandatory daily viewing for so many,” according to the network, which will air the special as part of its ‘VH1 Rock Docs Presents’ strand.

The MTV video countdown show aired for 10 years, from 1998 to 2008, beginning as a programming experiment and going on to help launch the careers of a number of pop artists, including Britney Spears (pictured above with host Carson Daly) and Christina Aguilera. Visits from artists such as Michael Jackson, Jay-Z and N-SYNC would often bring Times Square to a near standstill.

The hour-long special features extensive clips and interviews with creators, fans and artists who appeared live on the show, including Good Charlotte, Kid Rock, Mandy Moore, Nas, Pete Wentz, Korn, Method Man, Lil Jon and others. Former MTV presenters Daly, Damien Fahey, Hilarie Burton, Vanessa Minnillo and La La Anthony also give interviews and reflect on the show.

The special is directed and produced by Lauren Lazin, and the executive producers for VH1 are Brad Abramson, Stephen Mintz, Shelly Tatro and Jeff Olde.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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