MTV to Revive ‘Total Request Live,’ Changes ‘Moonman’ Statue to ‘Moon Person’

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MTV has decided to change the name of its Video Music Award trophy — the Moonman statue — to Moon Person. Network president Chris McCarthy shared the news during an interview with The New York Times published on Sunday.

“Why should it be a man?” McCarthy proposed. “It could be a man, it could be a woman, it could be transgender, it could be nonconformist.”

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The announcement comes as part of a push by MTV for more inclusive awards, including the decision to get rid of gendered acting categories at its Movie & TV Awards. Emma Watson beat out Taraji P. Henson, Daniel Kaluuya, Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, and Hailee Steinfeld to become the award’s first winner.

McCarthy also announced a new series called “We Are They.” The docuseries will recount gender nonconforming youths’ coming-of-age stories. He also revealed plans to bring back “Total Request Live” or “TRL.”

“Who’s not going to support a platform that’s covering all of the buckets of social media and cable to allow your artist to go on, play a video, perform a song and to talk about their new music that just got released?” he asked. “How do you say no to that? We’re going to give it a shot, a big shot.”

Carson Daly originally hosted the series from 1998-2005, and was replaced by a rotating lineup of hosts until the show’s cancellation in 2008. The new iteration will also have a revolving series of up-and-coming hosts, including rapper-comedian DC Young Fly and radio host Erik Zachary.

Katy Perry will host the 2017 VMAs on Aug. 27.

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    1. Come Again?!?! says:

      This guy has zero original thoughts. He has a track record of resurrecting old programming, revisiting franchises and airing reruns as a means to prop up his programming slate.

      Was there a segment of the population outraged that a statue was a “man”?!? This is just red meat to get a press hit.

    2. Lazaruth says:

      I just don’t understand it — MTV must have made a pact with the devil 20 years ago. Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, wants MTV to play music videos again. Everyone BEGS MTV to play music videos again. And yet, MTV flat out, completely, 100%, refuses to do it. They won’t even consider it. It’s off the table. Not up for discussion. Videos, that’s crazy talk! And so they must have made a pact with the devil — it’s the only explanation left. I’d just like to know what MTV got from the devil in return….

      • zidders says:

        Why waste money on airing videos when people upload them to Youtube? Nobody watches MTV for music.

        • Lazaruth says:

          And one more thing…. Don’t misunderstand me, I want you (MTV) to succeed. I really do. But if you are targeting this new TRL at 16 year olds, you are going to fail. Your target demo at this point is people 40+. Your brand is irrelevant to anyone younger. And finally, stop thinking you are the penultimate, end-all-be-all of teenagers. You’re not. You’re just a TV channel. Get over yourself. If a person thought that way, we would call them very narcissistic. Maybe you were a one point for a brief period of time, but that was 20 years ago. As we tell kids when they get older — get over it, grow up and move on. Companies need to too. Return to your roots of being a music channel and stop thinking you are something more….

        • Lazaruth says:

          See, the thing is, I like to get my news and entertainment from a variety of sources — unlike you it seems. Sometimes I like to go on youtube, and sometimes I just want to lay on the couch and relax and have somebody choose the music for me on tv. Sometimes I like to go out to the movies, and sometimes I like to watch them at home. I don’t see everything in life as a binary, black and white proposition. And of course nobody watches MTV for music — because they don’t play any. But ]they used to — I kid you not. Anyhow, I’m sure this guy will be gone in no time like all the rest. The top of MTV is just a big revolving door. My dog could do a better job of running the place than the endless parade of shiny new execs they parade out on a regular basis. Seriously MTV — either play music or go away….

        • Eric says:

          Best I can tell, nobody watches MTV at all.

    3. Kaboom! says:

      Network president Chris McCarthy says “Why should it be a man?” “It could be a man, it could be a woman, it could be transgender, it could be nonconformist.”
      Maybe someone should tell Mr. McCarthy that the statue is based on an actual man who walked on the moon, something that actually happened in history.
      How does MTV hire someone who is void of intelligence? What an embarrassment for them.

      • zidders says:

        I’m pretty sure the MTV award isn’t meant to be a literal representation of history. It’s based on a goofy animation they used to use as a bump back in the 80’s. You should know that. You sound old.

        • Eric says:

          That “goofy animation” was simply a colorization of actual footage of real history. Of the real guy. Neil Armstrong or Buzz Aldrin. One of those two. You should know that. But then, you sound young and uninformed.

    4. J.D. Zack says:

      After dropping music videos to embrace boring (fake) reality and reruns, MTV and VH1 have joined the list of the dozens of channels that are completely irrelevant in most people’s lives. I can’t even tell you the last time I watched MTV or VH1. Completely useless. The only thing keeping most channels alive these days is forced subscriptions via the satellite and cable “tier” systems.

    5. Cheesecake says:

      Bring back 24/7 music videos. THAT would be newsworthy.

    6. JR says:

      I wish they would revive playing MUSIC VIDEOS!

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