Show Tracker reviews the 'TRL' finale
MTV's "Total Request Live," familiarly known as "TRL," went to its rest Sunday night with a big three-hour special, "Total Finale Live." The actual last regularly scheduled "TRL" aired Thursday afternoon, as workmen dismantled the set around final hosts Damien Fahey and Lyndsey Rodrigues, (nonperforming) guest band the All-American Rejects, actor-producer Seth Green, and the studio audience, who by the looks of them were still in elementary school when the show went on the air back in 1998.
The "American Bandstand" (and also "The Today Show") of Gen Millennium, "TRL" was never the place to turn if your thing was Wilco, Sigur Rós or Portishead. It fed and channeled the mainstream, although a mainstream broad enough to include Britney, Christina, Diddy, Green Day, Outkast, Korn, Ludacris and the Jonas Brothers. As summed up snarkily on Thursday's show by Jim Cantiello, of MTV News, "TRL" promoted "bubble gum pop, heavy metal dreck and the gynormous career ... of Carson Daly, a likable dude who was going to be a priest until he realized his true calling was hooking up with D-listers and introducing 20-second clips of J-Lo music videos."