Some crucial news about MTV’s upcoming Video Music Awards–which you all had better be clearing your “refreshing your browser incessantly” schedule for right now, because Jess and I are trying to figure out how to liveblog it in tandem–comes from Entertainment Weekly:
The Sept. 9 telecast will film at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas (site of both the infamously raunchy Real World season and the recent cast reunion) with Timbaland as its so-called music ”maestro.” (A source close to the network confirms that Britney Spears plans to make an appearance.) And after years of endlessly repeating the ceremony — and likely diluting its viewership — the show will air just once. The traditional auditorium setup has also been scrapped. Performances and award handouts will now be captured by cameras located throughout the Palms. Executive producer Jesse Ignjatovic says the overhaul allows artists to ‘do things that they wouldn’t do on any other show.’ Well, he is copying one show: The booze will flow as freely as at the Golden Globes.
Because nothing says “once-in-a-lifetime TV” like “watching your favorite stars get smashed outta their gourds while your ass is on your couch drinking crappy beer,” right? Here’s hoping that whoever gets hired to work the dump button is getting, like, triple-time, because whoever it is, they’ll be going absolutely bonkers by about 30 minutes in.
MTV Faces the Music [EW]