End Of “TRL” Strips Excuse To Skip School From Thousands Of Jonas Brothers Fans

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MTV announced yesterday that the four-days-weekly hodgepodge of celebrity appearances, screaming teenagers, and music-video snippets known as TRL would be going off the air after a 10-year run this fall, although the show’s executive producer took great pains to say that this was only a “break,” and not an out-and-out cancellation. Because hey, bringing it back in two years or so would make it seem positively retro to the core demographic, right? (It’s probably worth noting that there are no episodes scheduled this week; MTV has given over the show’s timeslot today to reruns of its male-makeover series From G’s To Gents.) The show, which was rumored to be on the chopping block for a while, will be given a funeral celebrated in a two-hour special on a Saturday in November.

Inexplicably, the AP (or, who knows, maybe MTV’s people) dragged an old-timey TRL mainstay out of hiding in order to comment on this cancellation:

In a statement, Eminem said: “I’m going to miss `TRL.’ … Where else will I be able to start feuds, defend my honor vigorously and act like an angry teenager on national TV? Oh wait … The VMAs!”

How many TRL fans do you think heard that quote and didn’t quite understand who was saying it, and why that person would be anywhere near the VMAs? I’m guessing more than a few. Em, you may want to pen a few disses of Tokio Hotel and the Jonas Brothers, so as to keep your game up…

RIP, TRL: ‘Total Request Live’ ending in November [AP]