MTV Video Music Awards 2011: The Liveblog

by Rachel Stein August 28, 2011 6:55 pm
MTV Video Music Awards 2011: The Liveblog

After the whole 2009 Kanye West/Taylor Swift fiasco, it's hard to get excited about the VMAs anymore because what could possibly top that? Last year proved that the answer to that question is certainly not "Chelsea Handler". But this year has some promise, considering there's a Hunger Games trailer, the whole no host thing and the late-breaking news that Beyonce is the first woman in the history of humanity to get pregnant. So let's watch and cross our fingers that we didn't completely waste a night on this crap.

Which Shows Should Go Host-Less Like MTV's Video Music Awards?

by Rachel Stein August 25, 2011 1:16 pm
Which Shows Should Go Host-Less Like MTV's Video Music Awards?

Our prayers have been answered. After Chelsea Handler proved to be absolutely terrible at last year's Video Music Awards, MTV has decided to ditch tradition and have no host at Sunday night's award ceremony. There are plenty of other shows that we wish would follow this example, as well as a few we hope never try to be as ahem edgy as MTV.

MTV: Who Knew They Were Catering to a Civic-Minded Generation?

by Angel Cohn February 24, 2010 4:18 pm
MTV: Who Knew They Were Catering to a Civic-Minded Generation?

It might not be apparent to the casual viewer, particularly those of us who are members of the supposedly cynical Generation X, but MTV is actually gearing its current programming to the "civic-minded" millennial generation. Yes, really, that's what the president of MTV Networks believes. And though at first we had scoffed at his bold claim (we are, after all, grievously jaded), upon closer inspection (extremely close) and much to our surprise, we did indeed discover that shows like Jersey Shore and Teen Mom really are virtuous and educational after all. Here's why:

MTV: Changes We Can Believe In

by Angel Cohn August 12, 2009 2:36 pm
MTV: Changes We Can Believe In

MTV recently announced that it will be shutting down its Times Square studio since, now that there's no TRL, the space is usually vacant. Guess those poor "woo-hoo" girls will have to find a new place to stand and scream. The network also announced that it will launch five more scripted shows this fall. Both of these developments seem to be signifying the end of an era... an era when this music television network was solely focused on a lot of mediocre (yet addictive) reality programming. But what the network really needs to do is return to its roots. Here are my suggestions of what they should bring back to their airwaves.

MTV Movie Awards: The 10 Most Cringe-Worthy Moments

by Zach Oat June 1, 2009 2:44 pm
MTV Movie Awards: The 10 Most Cringe-Worthy Moments

When you watch the MTV Movie Awards, you can be sure of two things: 1) the producers will do everything in their power to try to entertain you, and 2) they won't always succeed. Whether celebrities are trying to be funny or simply trying to pretend they care about this perennially late-to-the-party awards show -- voted on by MTV viewers, no less -- you're pretty much guaranteed at least a dozen or so moments that make you cringe in spite of yourself. What follows are the ten most cringe-worthy moments from the May 31st broadcast, in order of how deep into our couch we tried to burrow to escape them.

Pete Wentz and MTV Working Hard to Bring You "New" Videos You've Already Seen MTV's attempt to return to the video-showing glory days of its youth, FNMTV, premieres tonight, and you're expected to be excited. The Pete Wentz-hosted show is supposedly focusing on Brand! New! Music! You've! Never! Even! Heard!, but that's, of course, a lie. Confirmed acts for this summer? Panic At the Disco, Snoop Dogg, The Pussycat Dolls, Flo Rida, The Ting Tings, Lil' Wayne, Duffy, Boys Like Girls, and Vampire Weekend. Basically, if you were ever going to care about those artists, you already do. You've either flipped on a Clear Channel station once or twice, been to an Urban Outfitters, seen commercials because your stupid roommate won't go halvsies on DVR, googled the term "4 minute dick joke" for giggles and stumbled upon Flo Rida accidentally, had ears or used the internet in the past 12 months. Regardless, none of those artists or their songs are new to you if you have even a vague awareness of music, and neither are any of the videos Pete Wentz and Viacom will be trying to shove down your throat tonight. Salut!

Today's TWoP News: Friday, December 21, 2012

by Ethan Alter December 21, 2012 1:28 pm
Today's TWoP News: Friday, December 21, 2012

Looks like those zombies claimed another victim.

Today's TWoP News: Monday, November 19, 2012

by Samantha Rullo November 19, 2012 3:30 pm
Today's TWoP News: Monday, November 19, 2012

An SNL cast member is getting their own show and it's probably not who you'd expect.

Catfish: The TV Show: Not Exactly Punk’d

by Rachel Stein November 13, 2012 11:31 am
<i>Catfish:  The TV Show</i>:  Not Exactly <i>Punk’d</i>

If you didn't see Catfish the movie, here's quick breakdown: An immediately hateable photographer "falls in love" with a person he meets over the Internet and drives across the country to see her, only to find that instead of the gorgeous young lady she claimed to be, she was an older woman with a far less perfect... well, everything. There was controversy surrounding whether or not the truly douche-y Nev Schulman and the filmmakers were falsifying parts of the story to make for a better movie -- and in my opinion, they probably were -- but honestly, none of that really mattered when it came to why Catfish was so fascinating. They never explicitly talked about it in the film, nor do they touch on it in the new MTV docuseries, but this quest to unmask people hiding behind social media -- or as the show puts it, "help couples who have never met in real life" -- reveals something about that Twitter hashtags and YouTube videos can't quite communicate: Society has seriously fucked us all up.

Today's TWoP News: Monday, November 12, 2012

by Samantha Rullo November 12, 2012 4:30 pm
Today's TWoP News: Monday, November 12, 2012

Don't worry, there's plenty of Louie to go around.

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