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Throwback Thursday-Total Request Live (1998-2008)

Music and television were made for each other.

For a decade, Total Request Live (1998-2008) or TRL for short, was a staple of MTV’s schedule. Hosted by Carson Daly for most of the original run, TRL was sort of American Bandstand for the MTV generation. Guided by the fans, the crux of the show is the countdown of the most popular music videos of the day. In addition to the countdown, artists and actors would stop by, often to promote their latest project.

For a generation, TRL was appointment television. Airing just after school had ended, it gave us a chance to show our love to our favorite artists and perhaps act like a crazy teenage fan-boy or fan-girl.

I recommend it.

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Throwback Thursday- American Dreams (2002-2005)

In the early 1960’s, Meg Pryor (Brittany Snow) is a good girl in the TV series American Dreams. Bob Dylan said that the times are a changing, and he was right.

Meg’s dream is to be a dancer on American Bandstand with her best friend, Roxanne (Vanessa Lengies). Meg’s brother, JJ (Will Estes) is trying to define his life on his own terms instead of following his father’s path in life. Meg’s parents, Helen and Jack (Gail O’Grady and Tom Verica) are struggling to understand their lives as parents and partners in a ever changing world.

This show was cancelled after three years. It was one of those shows that could have been on the air for a few more years, but atlas, the TV G-ds chose otherwise.

But at the end of the day, it was a good show with excellent music.

I recommend this show.

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