While it has probably been at least nine years since I've watched TRL (or Total Request Live as it was called back in my day), I still feel a brief moment of sadness for the show that's going off the air (for now at least) after ten years. I blame Pete Wentz and that oddity that is FNMTV for its demise. If you can see the pretty people on that show talking to the inexplicably popular Wentz, why would you want to watch some random VJ talk to celebs? Especially when the videos on TRL have been pretty much cut down to nothing. They are demoted to a small corner of the screen, with lots of text-message commentary taking up the rest. I don't care if CuteJulia145 down in South Carolina thinks that Katy Perry is, like, the most talented artist ever, and how she'd totally kiss her if she had the chance. I'd actually like to see the video. I guess I'm just old-fashioned that way.
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!