MTV in 2016 is hardly anything like the MTV we knew in the ’90s. Remember how the network used to play music? It’s really hard to remember that far back. Though we love shows like Finding Carter and Scream, and are beyond thrilled that MTV has managed to craft creative, entertaining reality and scripted shows (I mean, hello, Jersey Shore), we do miss our TRL.
Thankfully for us, MTV is finally going back to basics. The network plans to bring back some of our favorite ’90s and early ’00s programming like TRL, MTV Unplugged, Daria and Laguna Beach with a new channel, MTV Classic.
Sean Atkins, president of MTV, said in a press release:
“From Beavis & Butt-head to Laguna Beach, MTV’s programming vault is a music and pop culture goldmine with universal resonance. MTV Classic gives audiences a modern and artful home for classic MTV programming and — alongside MTV, MTV2, MTV Live and mtvU — rounds out a diverse portfolio with music and youth culture at its core.”
The most exciting part is that MTV Classic will start the way MTV began. They plan to premier with the very first hour of music that MTV ever scheduled when it launched in 1981. What a time warp! Apparently, the network also plans to marathon seasons of binge-worthy, classic shows on the weekends. We’re crossing our fingers for early ’00s Real World because it doesn’t get better than that.
MTV Classic is set to launch on August 1st. Want to know what we think should come back? Check out our complete list of ’90s MTV shows that desperately need a reboot.