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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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    Wrestling Society X

    Wrestling Society X

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    MTV - Music Television
    Wrestling Society X, WSX for short, is the new kid on the block when it comes to wrestling organizations.

    Brought to you by MTV, WSX is a 30 minute program filmed as a TV series with episodes airing each week. Each week you will be treated to outrageous matches and live band performances opening each show.

    You may also recognize some familiar faces like 6-Pac(WWF's X-Pac) and Vampiro(WCW's Vimpiro). Sadly the show is taped far in advance and not shown live.moreless
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    Celebrity Rap Superstar

    Celebrity Rap Superstar

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    MTV - Music Television
    Who knew that so many celebrities were eager to grab the mic and spit some rhymes? Enter the MTV reality show Celebrity Rap Superstar where big names from the worlds of music, TV, film, and sports will try to match skills on the mic. Some of the most critically acclaimed rappers are sent to mentor these fearless participants like Redman, Warren G, Too Short, Bubba Sparxx and more.moreless
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    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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    Fast Inc.

    Fast Inc.

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    MTV - Music Television
    Fast Inc. follows the behind the scenes dealings of Fast Ashleys, a custom car company that specializes in tricking out vintage and muscle cars for celebrities, models, and millionaires. The team is made up of Christian, Todd and Tater who utilize their collective creativity and expertise to turn out some of the most exceptional cars. Follow the Fast Inc. team as they operate out of their headquarters on Melrose Place and their desert location in Joshua Tree turning out hot rides.moreless
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    A Shot at Love With Tila Tequila

    A Shot at Love With Tila Tequila

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    MTV - Music Television
    A Shot at Love With Tila Tequila features 16 straight men and 16 lesbians vying for the affections of My Space celeb Tila Tequila. Tequila and the contestants will live together in a mansion and each episode will feature a dramatic ceremony where the contestants are dismissed from the show.moreless
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    Living on the Edge

    Living on the Edge

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    MTV - Music Television
    MTV UK explores the teenagers of Aderley Edge, one of the richest neighborhoods in England. Living On the Edge will follow ten teenagers and their lives in Aderley Edge from billionaire birthday bashes to amazing vacations. Does money change these teens or are they like everyone else? The first season ended in 2007, but as MTV couldn't get enough of the show, the show returns for a second series. This time the show follows Rachel, also known as Queen B and her friends Liv, Sasha and Sophie; followed by Jack, Josh, Owain and Matt. Also part of the second series is first season's Stephen. He just couldn't get enough as well. The second season starts October 12th 2008.moreless
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    The Head

    The Head

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    MTV - Music Television (ended 1996)
    "The Head" began as an ongoing serial which originally ran under the title "MTV's Oddities." The Head is the story of Jim, a trade-school student, who awakens one morning to find that his cranium has enlarged to mammoth proportions. A week later, out bursts Roy, an little blue alien with an odd sense of humor, who's taken up residence in Jim's head. Turns out Roy needed a place to stay to adapt to the Earth's environment while on a mission to save the world from a power-hungry alien named Gork. Aiding Jim and Roy are his girlfriend, Madelyn, his doctor, Dr. Richard Axel, and a group of "human anomalies." The group consists of Ray, a landscaper who has a lawnmower blade lodged in his skull; Mona, a normal looking woman with a tail; Ivan, who has a mouth in his chest; Raquel, who has a nose like a rat; Earl, who has a fishbowl in his mouth; Chin, a long-limbed former-freak show performer; and the annoyingly normal head of the group, Shane Blackman. After the initial 13 episodes had aired, "MTV's Oddities" began airing another serial, entitled The Maxx. When "The Maxx" had finished airing, "The Head" returned with a new batch of episodes, but the focus often shifted from Jim and Roy to the other "human anomalies" they'd befriended -- and the new episodes lacked the serial structure that had made the initial run so successful. Shortly after the second season finished airing, "The Head" (along with "MTV's Oddities") vanished from the airwaves. The first 13 episodes were released on video under the title "The Head Saves the Earth." Snippets from the original airings were left off of the video version (a similar edit was made to The Maxx video) to keep the running time under two hours. The second batch of episodes were never released on video. In 1996, Pocket Books released a graphic novel entitled "The Head: A Legend is Born," which was based on an episode that was never filmed. The cover shows a picture of Jim and folds out with a pop-up of what's in his head -- namely Roy. The story included the return of Dr. Elliot, who was last seen being probed on a UFO in "The Invasion."moreless
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    Rock the Cradle

    Rock the Cradle

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    MTV - Music Television
    Rock the Cradle is a new reality singing competition series that pits the children of famous singers against each other.
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    Alternative Nation

    Alternative Nation

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    MTV - Music Television (ended 1996)
    Alternative Nation was a music video show that was originally aired on MTV in the 1990's. It was similar to MTV's other alternative music show, 120 Minutes, in that they each played artists in the "alternative" genre, with AN airing nightly for one hour (120 Minutes aired weekly for two hours). AN was hosted by MTV VJ Kennedy (a.k.a. Lisa Kennedy Montgomery), and aired videos from the more popular alternative artists at the time, including Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Soul Asylum, Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Nine Inch Nails. Incidentally, the show's opening segment was taken from the Nine Inch Nails' video for "Pinion" (from their Broken EP).moreless
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    Juvies

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    MTV - Music Television
    Ever wondered what life is like in a juvenile detention center? Filmed at the Lake County Juvenile Center in Indiana, this reality series follows first-time offenders under 18 as they experience what life is like in lockdown, and how it feels to face the judge.moreless
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    That's Amore

    That's Amore

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    MTV - Music Television
    This A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila series spin-off is a reality competition show about dating a la The Bachelor. Fifteen American women compete against each other for a shot at love with Italian suitor Domenico Nesci.moreless
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    Trick It Out

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    MTV - Music Television
    Hosted by RJ de Vera (a pro drag racer), this is a reality show about teams who compete by tuning up cars. There are 8 teams overall and two teams battle it out each week. The two teams work on one car each; the two cars are the same model. The teams are given $15,000 and 14 days to work. Each team must come up with a theme to which they hold while modifying the car. The show investigates the process of customizing the cars and how the members of the teams interact. When the two weeks are up, RJ decides which team wins. The losing team gets nothing, while the winning team gets both modified cars. This continues until there is only one team left standing.moreless
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    Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica

    Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica

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    MTV - Music Television (ended 2005)
    Singing sensations Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson struggle through the first years of married life in Newlyweds. Their lives prove to be always interesting and often funny whever they go.
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    Taquita & Kaui

    Taquita & Kaui

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    MTV - Music Television (ended 2007)
    We first met Taquita and Kaui when they met as contestants on "Making the Band 3" where they didn't make the cut, but they did become best friends. Still chasing their dreams of making it big in showbiz, the girls move to Las Vegas to give it another shot.moreless
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    Exiled

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    MTV - Music Television
    The girls who have everything that were featured on My Super Sweet 16 are in for a new perspective on live when their parents send them to live with indigenous tribes in other countries in this MTV spin-off. Will they learn a newfound respect or will they prove old habits can't be broken.moreless
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    Money From Strangers

    Money From Strangers

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    MTV - Music Television
    Host Jeff Dye and a group of guest comedians decide to persuade unwitting contestants to pull pranks on strangers.
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    Movie Life: House of Wax

    Movie Life: House of Wax

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    MTV - Music Television (ended 2005)
    Welcome to the Movie Life: House of Wax guide at TV.com. As four young actors venture off to film a horror movie in Australia, the cameras of MTV's "Movie Life" tag along for one hell of a ride. Chad Michael Murray ("One Tree Hill"), Paris Hilton ("The Simple Life"), Elisha Cuthbert ("24") and Jared Padalecki ("Gilmore Girls") make up the cast for veteran producer Joel Silver's new horror movie. Based on the 1953 Warner Bros. classic, "House of Wax" is about a group of friends who struggle for their lives as they fall prey to a pair of murderous brothers. And that's just the movie. The "Movie Life" show takes "behind the scenes" even further by documenting the fun and chaos that occurs in a young actor's life - after all, it's not always about what happens between "action" and "cut."moreless
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    Room 401

    Room 401

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    MTV brings you a new reality show from Punk’d creators Ashton Kutcher and Jason Goldberg that catches people’s reactions as they are presented with a spooky world of illusion and supernatural experiences.moreless
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    Kaya

    Kaya

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    MTV - Music Television (ended 2007)
    Fame has a big price tag, as the young, beautiful Kaya discovers when she and her band Crossing Coldwater are catapulted from obscurity to super stardom practically overnight. Kaya's life may be blessed with fancy clothes, hot cars, and VIP tables at the best clubs, but it's not devoid of drama. In this written drama, Kaya has boy problems and everyday life problems that all young adults do. She needs to make sure that she can stay under control, and not party wild like all of the other celebrities. Take a look at the life of a rock star in this addictive scripted MTV drama that's decidedly not through the lens of a typical paparazzo.moreless
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