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    MTV Cribs

    MTV Cribs

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    MTV - Music Television (ended 2008)
    Welcome to MTV Cribs, the most exciting way to peep into your favourite celebrity homes without getting slapped with a restraining order.
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    MTV Unplugged

    MTV Unplugged

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    The idea of Unplugged is that bands perform only acoustical and without any electronically devices. So this term usually only applies to music bands or performers that usually don't perform unplugged. Many performers fought with a performance the judgment that they actually can't play and computers and machines produce the entire sound. The origin of the idea isn't absolutely clear. There are only concerts in the unplugged style, but who really invented it, is unclear. The first concert you could describe as unplugged was Elvis Presley's concert in 1968 today known as the 68 Comeback Special. As inventors Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora get named, because they performed with only with two guitars at the MTV Music Awards in 1989 the tracks Wanted Dead Or Alive und Livin' On A Prayer. So the Unplugged series started soon later in 1989. Jules Shear hosted the first season, with was produced as 30 minute short "concerts", in an absolute simple way. The artists sitting in a half circle, maybe some background musicians behind them and playing their music in a small location, styled almost like a café. The second season was basically the same concept, but the duration now changes and MTV Unplugged leaves the US for the first time and goes to the UK. Also there isn't any host from now on. The bands announce themselves. The third season was the last one really organized as season. The ending of this season with the session of Bruce Springsteen also change the image of the series, because he performs plugged instead of unplugged. Season four starts with a big surprise: The first session with no English speaking band: Roxette! Season four already takes on the character this series will have in all other seasons from now on. It isn't a series anymore it's an idea. All sessions are a project to fallow this idea. In this context MTV invites comedians for the Spoken Word I session. A basically non musical session, but season four ends with a big bang. The Nirvana unplugged session makes this show part of music history. Nirvana doesn't perform a completely unplugged session, because Kurt Cobain uses some electronic sampler in the background. The discussion if this performance can be counted as unplugged doesn't hurt the success in any way. In season five, MTV Latin America starts recoding performances in the US starting with episode eight of this season. MTV US also airs these sessions. Season six and seven are basically the same like season five – they write the story of the show even further. With season eight the seasons aren't organized in the usual TV year rhythm anymore. Instead of the summer till summer schedule and the fact that it isn't a series anymore, the schedule now works similar to the usual calendar from 1.1 till 12.31. In 1998 the big break comes. MTV only produces one session and the series is basically dead. In 1999 the show is basically reborn, because now every characteristics of a series were now gone and every single session is a project by its own and is produced and released as such. Season 11 in 2000 features only one session again, basically because the time spirit works against the show concepts – the IT boom and the ultimate believe in the new millennium makes this show look spare. The first year in the new millennium the show starts over once more. More globally than ever the show starts with three Latin American performances before two US performances fallow and the year ends over in Asia, but visited Europe first. From now on the number of sessions produced in one year goes down dramatically. Season 13 features only three sessions, season 14 and 15 only one. In 2005 the show comes back form Europe to the US after three years absence with one other big performance. This time it's Alicia Keys who gives the show a new boost. ------------------------------------------- Notes to this show guide: Seasons: 1-8 are numbered as regular seasons. 9+ are organized annually, because of this shows character. Episodes: Numbered according to the original air dates (where ever that was). The show: The show isn't only the US series, since this is a global series since the beginning. Many episodes helped to build up MTV stations in many countries, sessions where produced. So this guide lists all sessions, not only the US ones. So the guide has more seasons and episodes than can be found in other guides. So don't be confused about that.moreless
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    Pimp My Ride

    Pimp My Ride

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    MTV - Music Television (ended 2007)
    Xzibit and the good people at West Coast Customs (GAS Season 5+) make people's cars go from dirt to pimped in this 30 minute series. A pimped out car is usually worth $20,000 to $30,000.

    "Pimp My Ride," returns for an all-new season, with an all-new garage. Once again, rap superstar and car enthusiast Xzibit and car customization specialist Mad Mike take aim on the biggest clunkers on the road. Joining them for this new season, and giving a new spin on car customization, is GAS -- Galpin Auto Sports. Taking car customization to the next level, together Xzibit, Mad Mike and the crew at GAS create unheard of pimped out masterpieces.

    Theme Song Lyrics So you wanna be a playa? But your wheels ain't fly You gotta hit us up to get a pimped out ride

    You got to pimp my rideeee Damn right You got to pimp my rideeee

    Theme Music & Stings Composed by Jeff Cardonimoreless
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    America's Best Dance Crew

    America's Best Dance Crew

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    MTV - Music Television
    Randy Jackson of American Idol fame brings us America's Best Dance Crew, ABDC for short, the MTV dance competition show that brought us memorable teams like Jabbawockeez, Super Crew, Kaba Modern, Beat Freaks, Quest Crew, and Status Quo. Hosted by Mario Lopez, the show pits dance crews in a weekly challenge based on a theme, doing their best moves to megamixes of pop and hip-hop music. Their performances are scored by the judges, hip hopper Lil' Mama, N'Sync alum JC Chasez, choreographer Shane Sparks, and R&B performer Omarion. The home audience then votes, and the 2 crews with the least votes face off and the judges send one team home. The crew that dances their way to the finish will leave with $100,000 and the golden b-boy trophy, but most importantly, the title of America's Best Dance Crew.moreless
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    Headbangers Ball

    Headbangers Ball

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    Headbangers Ball was a music video show featuring Heavy Metal music. With special guests Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Halford, Alice Cooper and Rob Zombie.
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    Best Of '06

    Best Of '06

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    MTV - Music Television
    Every year is defined by it's most outrageous moments and 2006 has lived up to expectations. Check out Kiss's surprise visit to TRL's Live Stream, watch Bam's wild Spring Beak adventure, experience all the drama from Laguna Beach over and over again and get an ear full from MTV's favorite Two-A-Days coach. From MADE makeovers to My Super Sweet 16 party goers - 2006 has everything one could wish for this holiday season. Relive the Best of '06 right now.moreless
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    TRL

    TRL

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    MTV - Music Television (ended 2008)
    Total Request Live (commonly known as TRL) is a television program on MTV that features popular music videos. The program plays the top ten most requested videos of the day, as requested by viewers who can vote by phone or online. The countdown starts with the tenth most requested video and ends with the most requested. The program generally airs every weekday for one hour. The roots of TRL go back to 1997 when MTV began producing MTV Live (originally hosted by British VJ Toby Amies) from a studio in Times Square in New York. MTV Live featured celebrity interviews, musical performances, and regular news updates. Music videos were not the major focus of the program. During the same time period, MTV aired a countdown show simply called Total Request, hosted by Carson Daly. Total Request was far more subdued, as Daly introduced music videos from an empty, dimly lit set. As the show progressed and gained more momentum with viewers tuning in, it was soon added to the list of daytime programming during MTV's Summer Share in Seaside Heights, New Jersey. The countdown would end up being one of the most watched and most interactive shows in recent MTV history that summer, proving that it had potential to become an even larger success by combining with the element of live television. By the fall of 1998, MTV producers decided to merge the real-time aspect of MTV Live and the fan-controlled countdown power of Total Request into Total Request Live, which made its official premiere from the MTV Studios in New York on September 14, 1998. The show has since grown to become MTV's unofficial flagship program. The widely known acronym of TRL was adopted as the official title of the show in February 1999, after former VJ's Carson Daly and Dave Holmes began using it on air regularly. The program is now rarely, if not ever, referred to as its original title Total Request Live. TRL spent its first year developing a cult-type following, by spring 2000 the countdown reached its peak, becoming a very recognizable pop culture icon in its first two years of existence; however, its influence seems to have greatly diminished since. TRL is MTV's prime outlet for music videos nowadays as the network continues to concentrate on reality-based programming. In addition to the music videos, TRL has daily guests as it is a popular promotion tool used by many musicians, actors, and other celebrities to promote their newest works to the show's target teen audience. Music videos that air on TRL are subject to a general "retirement" rule, that they may only remain on the countdown for a limited amount of days, the current cap is 50 days (previously 65, this number was reduced in 2002 in order to promote more diversity and give other artists a chance to enter the top ten). Artists who do manage to hang onto the countdown and reach retirement are awarded with a plaque, commemorating their achievement. On October 23, 2002, TRL celebrated its 1,000th episode. The show reached its seventh anniversary in September 2005, maintaining its stake as MTV's longest-running live program. In 2003, Carson Daly stepped down as the host of TRL in order to host NBC's Last Call. The show is currently hosted by a revolving door of VJs including Damien Fahey, Hilarie Burton, Quddus, La La Vasquez, Vanessa Minnillo, and Susie Castillo. On November 16, 2008 after 10 years on the air, TRL ended with a three hour long farewell celebration. Joining the party, were many famous celebrities, who helped define TRL, stopping by to reflect on their favorite TRL moments and also returning were the show's hosts throughout the years including Carson Daly.moreless
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    MTV Video Music Awards

    MTV Video Music Awards

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    Since 1984, MTV has had an awards show for the year's top and new pop music videos. Now known as the VMA's, it was traditionally held on the first Thursday of September on the East or West coast. But since 9/11, it has been moved to the previous week. Every year there is atleast 1 host and performances by the nominees and newer artists.moreless
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    The Ashlee Simpson Show

    The Ashlee Simpson Show

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    MTV - Music Television (ended 2005)
    In season one Ashlee records her CD and writes her songs for the CD. It also deals with Ashlee's breakup with her boyfriend and when Ashlee's CD goes platinum. In season two, we watched Ashlee Simpson rise from being Jessica's cool younger sister to a multi-platinum selling artist and this new season will capture the journey and everything that comes with mega-stardom. MTV captures it all, from her infamous SNL appearance to product endorsement and movie deals, to preparing for her biggest musical challenge--her first nationwide tour. Throughout it all, Ashlee is challenged with reproving herself as a serious artist, while keeping her integrity and identity in tact. This season gives an intimate look into the crazy new world that only success can bring and culminates with Ashlee's first ever tour.moreless
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    Diary

    Diary

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    MTV - Music Television (ended 2005)
    Diary is an invitation into the life of an artist, narrated by the artist, directly into the camera. Viewers see the artist in their home and on the road. We are introduced to the artist as a person -- untraditional and uncut. The artist speaks to the camera, directly to the viewer, recording personalized journal-style entries. Diary extends itself to artists less likely to let people in -- enigmas, even recluses -- true artists who are willing to give us a glimpse into their private lives. Enrique Iglesias, Marilyn Manson, Nickelback, Ja Rule, blink-182. And many more... You Think You Know, But You Have No Ideamoreless
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    It's On With Alexa Chung

    It's On With Alexa Chung

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    MTV - Music Television (ended 2009)
    Host Alexa Chung is new to the United States, but in the UK she is a former model and established TV personality. This show is a live, daily talk/variety show where Alexa Chung interviews celebrity guests and welcomes musicians to the show. The daily show mixes her guest interviews with questions from at-home viewers and real-time looks at what people are buzzing about online at any given time. In a way, this show effectively replaces the former MTV stalwart "Total Request Live" and interfaces with Twitter and Facebook. Broadcast History: "It's On with Alexa Chung" premiered on MTV on June 15, 2009 at 12:00pm (ET). On September 14, 2009, the series aired a new 30-minute format for the series. The first season ended on September 15, 2009. With school back in session, "It's On" returned with Season 2 on October 19, 2009 at 3:30pm (ET) in its official 30-minute format. The final episode aired on Thursday, December 17, 2009 at 3:30pm (ET).moreless
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    Battle for Ozzfest

    Battle for Ozzfest

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    MTV - Music Television (ended 2005)
    It's the heavy metal opportunity of a lifetime--the king and queen of darkness, Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, are looking for the next great band to rock the Ozzfest stage. MTV's giving you a VIP pass to watch it all go down. We held nationwide auditions to find 8 bands who will vie for one lucky shot at the grand prize: a highly coveted tour spot on Ozzfest 2005, plus band gear and enough money to cover all their expenses. But there's a secret twist or two that even the bands don't know about... Every episode delivers more road tests and eliminations by Ozzy and Sharon. The contestants are constantly faced with various tasks intended to test their strength, be it physical, mental, moral or musical, because in the end, only one band will be crowned champion and receive the Grand Prize package...if they're hardcore enough to handle it. The winners are.... Marc and A Dozen Furies, which got a slightly commanding 57%of the votes compared to Ryan and Cynders 43% Meet the Bands Season 1 A Dozen Furies *WINNERS* Represented by: Marc Marc is a 25 year-old Dallas native who says guitar playing is his main occupation. His influences include Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughn, but his current favorite is Coheed and Cambria. In late 2003, Marc hooked up with Mike, Keith, Joey and Bucky - friends he'd known from other bands and some as far back as middle school--to form A Dozen Furies. In the short time the band has been together, they've recorded a self-produced EP (Rip These Stars Down) and toured extensively. Cynder Represented by: Ryan Beyond All Reason Represented by: Ahmad Final Drive Represented by: Chelsea Guilt By Association Represented by: Brittany Trauma Concept Represented by: Jesse Manntis Represented by: Adair Sicks Deep Represented by: Kellymoreless
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    Crib Crashers

    Crib Crashers

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    Welcome to the Crib Crashers guide at TV.com. Big Dog Style, Small Fry Funds We all wish we could live like superstars, but hardly any of us have the means. Watch as some lucky fans get their very own Crib-over...a once-in-a-lifetime chance to renovate a room into the same style as a favorite celebrity. The rest of us can learn how we can use a modest budget to turn our domiciles into a full-fledged Crib-dom.moreless
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    MTV Spring Break

    MTV Spring Break

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    MTV - Music Television
    No one knows how to celebrate Spring Break like MTV. So grab your sunscreen and your bathing suits and join MTV for the best fun in the sun!
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    MTV Europe Music Awards

    MTV Europe Music Awards

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    MTV - Music Television
    Europe celebrates the best in music during this annual star-studded awards show.
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    The UK Grime Scene

    The UK Grime Scene

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    MTV - Music Television
    The UK Grime Scene Rising up from the basements of the UK underground.
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    Taking The Stage

    Taking The Stage

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    MTV - Music Television (ended 2010)
    In Taking the Stage, five young talents get the chance to realize their dreams of becoming dancers, musicians, actors and – most of all – stars. The show takes viewers inside Cincinnati's famed School for Creative and Performing Arts where we get a sneak peak of students dancing along the shores of fame against a typical high school backdrop where getting good grades, dealing with insecurities and finding love rock their chances of achieving greatness. Broadcast History: "Taking The Stage" premiered on Thursday, March 19, 2009 at 10:00pm (ET). Season two premiered on January 16, 2010 with new episodes airing Thursdays at 11:00pm (ET). For the second season, episodes were shortened to thirty minutes instead of the first season's sixty minute length. The season premiere, 'Fame' episode and the season finale were all sixty minutes, however.moreless
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    Yo! MTV Raps

    Yo! MTV Raps

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    MTV - Music Television (ended 1995)
    Yo! MTV Raps is the classic MTV show that brought Hip-Hop and Rap Music to the whole country in the 80's and 90's. Hitting the airwaves in 1988, Yo! MTV Raps played hip hop music videos and had guests like the legendary Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, and Run-DMC. A force for hip hop, the show brought the new genre of music to people across the country who weren't aware of the urban movement. Hosted by Fab 5 Freddy, Ed Lover, and Doctor Dre, and was one of the highest rated MTV shows of the time. The original series aired until 1995, when it was closed out with a freestyle cipher featuring legendary artists like Salt-N-Pepa, who also appeared on the first episode of the series. With moments like Ol' Dirty Bastard's drunk freestyle and Tupac Shakur's admitting that he assaulted filmmakers the Hughes Brothers, Yo! MTV Raps captured some of the most important moments and artists of old school rap, and launched the young genre into an international favorite.moreless
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    Making His Band

    Making His Band

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    MTV - Music Television (ended 2009)
    Watch as Diddy and his team of industry experts narrow down the field to create Diddy's very own back-up band for his "Last Train To Paris" tour. With the help of his judges, Diddy will put his would-be collaborators through rounds of grueling auditions designed to separate the men from the boys and turn the group into the Bad Boy backup band of his dreams.moreless
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    Dancelife

    Dancelife

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    MTV - Music Television
    Jennifer Lopez executive produces this new reality dance competition show where six dancers compete for their big break. MTV takes you inside the super-competitive world of professional dancing where heart, gumption and strength of character, or lack thereof can make or break your career.

    Dancelife has been given an 8 episode original order by the MTV Television Network. The series is from Nuyorican Productions.moreless
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