MTV's 'Total Finale Live' Takes a Look Back at TRL, the Ultimate Countdown Show on Sunday, November 16th from 8-10PM ET/PT
Beyonce, 50 Cent, Backstreet Boys and Fall Out Boy Set To Perform
NEW YORK, Oct. 29 -- After ten years and more than 2200
shows, "Total Request Live" has been the premier destination for first
looks at new videos, amazing performances by chart topping musicians,
appearances of established and up-and-coming actors, and exclusive music
news. MTV will pay tribute to the legendary countdown show with a send off
like no other on Sunday, November 16th beginning at 8:00pm ET/PT, with
"TRL's" original host Carson Daly and current host Damien Fahey set to helm
the finale. The celebration will feature top-billed performances, guest
appearances from music and movie stars, and a look back at the best moments
on afternoon TV.
"In retrospect, the name said it all: the total youth entertainment
experience, shaped for the first time at the request of its audience, all
going down live every day in Times Square and in homes across America,"
said Brian Graden, President of Entertainment, MTV & VH1. "While MTV
programming continues to break new ground, we knew we couldn't rush ahead
without pausing to celebrate this show, this experience, this daily thrill
ride that became such a force in shaping the future web behaviors of
millions of young people worldwide."
"TRL has been a major part of MTV - and the world of music - for the
last decade, and we're pulling out all the stops for 'Total Finale Live,'"
said Dave Sirulnick, MTV Executive Vice President, News and Production.
"One of the aspects we're most proud of is TRL's impact on pop culture,
whether it was through exposing hundreds of artists to fans on a daily
basis or foreshadowing what goes on in today's online communities. Audience
participation, the fans' desire to share comments, and how musicians were
able to 'connect' on a personal basis with their fans was core to TRL, and
is core to the digital music experience today."
From the days of "Bills, Bills, Bills" to the recent launch of two new
videos on "TRL," we have watched Beyonce flourish as a performer. Beyonce
will lead the way for the celebration, giving the live audience a glimpse
into why she is one of the top selling artists of our time. Also picking up
the microphone at "Total Finale Live" will be 50 Cent, whose new MTV series
"The Money and the Power" will debut on November 6 (10PM ET/PT).
The Backstreet Boys, a band that exemplifies the impact that "TRL" has
had on budding careers, will also perform once more on the "TRL" stage.
Pete Wentz, who hosted video premiere show "FNMTV Premieres" this summer,
will join his Fall Out Boy bandmates for a performance, three years after
the band premiered their first single, "Sugar We're Going Down," live on
"TRL" at the "Summer on the Strip Vegas Beach House" in 2005, leaving
viewers captivated by their unique emo-brand of punk pop. More performances
will be announced at a later date.
Aside from performers and countdowns, another "TRL" staple has always
been the guest appearances and "Total Finale Live" will be no exception.
Diddy, whose 36 appearances on "TRL" stands as the current record, will
return to the studio once more, and Mariah Carey and her five octave voice
will stop by to discuss the influence that "TRL" had on her mind-blowing
career. Country music chart-topper Taylor Swift and pop starlet Hilary Duff
will join rappers Ludacris, Nelly and Snoop Dogg along with rock music's
Benji and Joel Madden of Good Charlotte, Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst,
and Korn's Jonathan Davis to talk about their most memorable "TRL" moments.
Whether getting to the bottom of controversy or playing practical jokes
on celebs, the "TRL" VJs have always been an essential part in setting the
tone of the show. VJs from various years are coming back to bid adieu to
the show that set a standard for music countdowns. In addition to co-hosts
Carson Daly and Damien Fahey, we will also welcome back Lyndsey Rodrigues,
Vanessa Minnillo, Dave Holmes, Jesse Camp, Hilarie Burton, La La Vasquez
"TRL's" successful ten year run is closely attributed to the dedicated
fans. Aside from the millions of votes cast for videos on the countdown,
one mainstay has always been the fanatical crowds outside and inside the
TRL studios, and the reaction that the show's guests received when they
waved to fans on the street. Many memorable moments took place outside of
the studio, so we're taking our cameras down to the ground level of the
epicenter of New York, Times Square, to hear from screaming, sign clutching
fans and give them a few special surprise moments.
Online, trl.mtv.com will be counting down to Total Finale Live with
video highlights from the past ten years, photo galleries of past guests
and VJs plus a decade's worth of photo booth pics of all the celebs who've
visited the TRL studios. On November 16, the site will feature
behind-the-scenes coverage of the event, plus red carpet photos from the
In addition, MTV Mobile will be featuring a variety of video of TRL's
best moments and performances across all wireless carrier partners, as
along with TRL photobooth photo galleries and more on the MTV Mobile WAP
This week, MTV kicked off the celebration early to help viewers get
revved up for the big send-off. Throughout the course of the month, TRL,
MTV.com and MTV News will take a stroll down memory lane to feature special
retrospective countdowns and offer a look back at the scorching
performances and guest appearances as we reminisce on the best moments over
"Total Finale Live" is Executive Produced by Dave Sirulnick, Tony
DiBari, Tim Healy and Dave George. Shawn Witt serves as Supervising
Producer. Marta Ravin is Producer.
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