“TRL” Phone Lines May Have Their Minutes Cut Back

Feb 15th, 2007 // 8 Comments

73251999.jpgThis week’s layoffs at MTV Networks have only heightened rumors that call-in show TRL is close to the chopping block:

Speculation inside MTV and at the major music labels has been mounting that TRL, a daily afternoon show that has been experiencing declining ratings, will soon be canceled or scaled back to two days a week. The newest fuel for the rumor mill: the fact that much of the staff at TRL’s studio at New York City’s Times Square was laid off late Tuesday, including members of the wardrobe, makeup and technical staff.

This is the first speculation we’ve seen about a possible downscaling of the show, as opposed to an outright cancellation; after all, it’s not like the TRL charts change that much every day, and cutting out three broadcasts a week would open up more timeslots for that lie-detector dating show. Page Six’s speculation that Vanessa Minillo (above, center), one of the show’s hosts, is preparing to wave goodbye to 1515 Broadway come April also adds credence to this theory; after all, does a show really need more than two hosts if it’s only going to be on twice a week?

R.I.P. For MTV’s TRL? [Forbes]
Earlier: Is “TRL” Getting Ready For Its Final Countdown?

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  1. dollywould

    Who are all the record companies going to pay off now?

    I miss Adam Curry.

    Random MTV question: Did anyone see the episode of My Super Sweet 16 with Eazy-E’s kid? Worth downloading?

  2. Cam/ron

    At least we’ll no longer hear those satanic “Woo!”s from the audience.

  3. Chris Molanphy

    I wonder if this means the entire “Dial MTV” format will disappear from the channel. They’ve been doing some form of a phone-in/text-in request show for more than 20 years now. (Anyone remember 1986, when Motley Crue’s “Home Sweet Home” clip was the #1 video for nearly a year?)

  4. AndrewTaylor

    Remember when TRL was MTV Live, and Carson Daly was all alone with the camera guys in a barren studio in the then-new 1515 Broadway headquarters? He’d have a guest or two on, he’d crack wise about the doofuses in Times Square with signs, he’d joke with the camera dudes about how crappy the studio was. It was good television.

  5. beta.rogan

    RE “Random MTV question: Did anyone see the episode of My Super Sweet 16 with Eazy-E’s kid? Worth downloading?”

    Other than the fact that she’s quite possibly the most bratty and spoiled child I’ve ever seen on that show, probably not.”SSS” makes me angry, but my GF loves it….anyways, intstead of a BMW, she gets a Porsche.

    That show is everything wrong with MTV, and I pray for the day it no longer exists.

  6. beta.rogan

    RE “Random MTV question: Did anyone see the episode of My Super Sweet 16 with Eazy-E’s kid? Worth downloading?”

    Other than the fact that she’s quite possibly the most bratty and spoiled child I’ve ever seen on that show, probably not.

    I used to think TRL was everything wrong with MTV, now I long for the days of Carson Daly…

  7. The HZA. [member of the zombie nation]

    At this point, the death of TRL is like, “Well, now they officailly have to drop the M out of MTV.”

  8. Brian Raftery

    I really enjoyed TRL, first as a viewer in the late ’90s (when they still showed full-length videos), and then as a Times Square-area employee (when I could hear the kids shrieking about some WB star I had never heard of). I didn’t love every song, but I always found the audience members’ unchecked love of music charming, and I was always impressed by how many A-listers they would cram in an hour-long broadcast.

    Once they started cutting down the videos, though, the shtick wore a little thin.

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