MTV's Total Request Live reboot is not canceled, the network's president tells Billboard -- it's actually expanding.
Despite reports Wednesday (March 14) that the show would not return from its current planned hiatus, MTV president Chris McCarthy says the series has been successful enough that there are plans to build out two more regular TRL programs: one in the morning and one for late night.
TRL returned to MTV last October after the once-blockbuster afternoon franchise initially wrapped in 2008. And while its relaunch has been panned by some critics, McCarthy says it has done a great job of "aging down" or attracting younger viewers to the network during weekday afternoons. He also lauds triple-digit stream growth and says it sees more streaming and social media engagement than any other show on the channel, amounting to 20 percent of MTV's total social engagements.