TRL revival gets official premiere date
The votes are in — and TRL is the winner: The MTV show is coming back Oct. 2, the network announced Monday.
The revamped version will film in the original Times Square studio, which has been “expanded by nearly 200 percent,” according to a press release. The rotating roster of hosts includes D.C. Young Fly, Erik Zachary, Amy Pham, Tamara Dhia, and Lawrence Jackson.
TRL made its official debut in 1998 with Carson Daly at its helm. He would continue to host in some capacity until 2003 when a new rotation of VJs — including Hilarie Burton, Vanessa Lachey, and La La Vasquez — stepped in.
The daily series featured the top music videos, as well as appearances and performances from the most popular musicians at the time. It went off the air in 2008 and was briefly revived for a one-off episode in 2014. The franchise also served as the inspiration for 2016’s Total Registration Live, an MTV special urging young people to register to vote.
Read more about the new hosts, via the press release, below.
Amy Pham is a DJ, actress and television host who has performed at events and festivals with Snoop Dogg, Ciara, Maroon 5 and Lady Gaga to name a few. She has worked with Jennifer Lopez and Adam Sandler and has been featured in projects for Netflix, Blumhouse, Awestruck TV and Go90. She has also been a creative ambassador for CoverGirl, Maybelline, Forever 21 and Macy’s.
D.C. Young Fly
Rapper, actor and comedian John Whitfield, better known as D.C. Young Fly, has over 5 million followers across social media. A talented musician, D.C. has worked with artists such as Rich Homie Quan, Fetty Wap, Young Dolph, Kevin Gates, B.o.B., Trae the Truth, producer Mike Will and more. He can currently be seen on MTV’s hit improv show, “Nick Cannon Presents: Wild ’N Out” and has played prominent roles in BET’s “New Edition” biopic as well as Will Packer’s “Almost Christmas.”
Erik Zachary is currently an on-air host for iHeartMedia’s 103.5 KISS FM in Chicago. After graduating from Columbia College Chicago, Erik climbed the ranks at iHeart, launching a new country station and syndicating his show to Boston and Sacramento. In addition, Erik’s YouTube channel features celebrity interviews, comedy sketches and vlogs.
Lawrence K. Jackson is a journalist, actor, producer and television/radio personality who joins MTV from Revolt. He has interviewed celebrities including Usher, Sean Combs, Adam Silver, Kevin Hart, Oprah Winfrey, Kevin Durant and more and his work has been featured in ESPN, ABC and Essence Magazine among others.
Writer, producer and host Tamara Dhia joins from Complex, where she was one of the faces of the brand, delivering pop culture news to millions of viewers daily. She’s interviewed some of the biggest names in pop culture including Zayn, DJ Khaled, Amber Rose, Kylie Jenner and Desiigner.
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