August 10, 1999 |
Chris Prynoski wanted to keep it real. The MTV animator wasn't looking for plots or characters when he dreamed up Downtown, the cable channel's latest prime-time 'toon, which shows its second episode tonight at 10:30. Instead, Prynoski, 27, who has worked on the MTV hits Beavis & Butt-head and Daria, hit the street corners and pocket parks of New York's East Village with a tape recorder, looking for the true voices of teens and twentysomethings. He had pitched MTV execs "a show about a bunch of kids hanging out. " The suits got excited.
August 9, 1999 |
Are you ready to rumble? Is six hours of cable pro wrestling just not enough? Are you barely hanging on until the fall premiere of UPN's Smackdown!? MTV might have the cure for your summertime blues. Starting today, MTV launches WWF Week, during which your favorite wrestlers will cavort, karaoke, play their favorite videos, and possibly even enter a wrestler wannabe into their exalted ranks. Stone Cold Steve Austin will take questions from in-studio and online fans; Chyna and Triple H will get the up-close-and-personal treatment in True Life: I'm a Professional Wrestler, and numerous would-be stars will polish their body slams in Times Square.
September 10, 1997 |
Picture Texas. Now plant some trees. Imagine some hills. Paint a skyline. And get rid of the cowboy hats and boots. Now you're in Austin, the set and home of Austin Stories, MTV's latest swipe at the pillars of television networks. Stories, which premieres tonight at 10:30, gives to the 30-minute sitcom the same jab Remote Control gave to game shows, the attitude that Grind showed American Bandstand, and the life that Week in Rock breathed into news shows. Friends, it's not. "That's the point: How can you take an old format and spin it on its head?"
June 27, 2008 |
MTV HASN'T TAKEN political ads since its "Choose or Lose" campaign in 1992, spokeswoman Jeannie Kedas said yesterday, but the network is selling time for political spots this election season, meaning pictures of John McCain may turn up next to the pro-McCain Heidi Montag on "The Hills. " Just make sure there are no Barack Obama spots on "Pimp My Ride. " "Given where we are and how the young voters have become increasingly engaged, we decided political advertising would be a good fit for our audience," Kedas said.
September 3, 1993 |
Channel surfers rode a wave of confusion this week when Comcast Cablevision changed the channel lineup without notice. "I was trying to find a Mets game on Channel 14. I don't know why I wanted to watch it, but it wasn't there," said Joseph M. Manko, president of the township Board of Commissioners. "They changed everything around. " Roy Russell Jr., general manager of Comcast in Lower Merion, said the company switched its lineup between 8 and 10 p.m. on Aug. 31, adding five channels and rearranging the order of many of the others.
October 9, 1997 |
Big issues. Serious faces. Court decisions and the Constitution. Sure, we want our MTV - but do we want it like this? The station, once merely the stomping ground of rock-and-roll heroes, overmoussed VJ's, and crude cartoons, is launching its first-ever miniseries; three hard-hitting, hourlong documentaries taking serious looks at sex, privacy, censorship, and exactly what rights young people in Americ have these days. (Beavis and Butt-Head are probably groaning in their graves: "This sucks!
February 16, 2002
Secretary of State Colin Powell deserves applause, for he truly rocks. Instead, criticism is rolling in over comments he made on an MTV question-and-answer session Thursday. Mr. Powell sat in a Washington studio of the cable music television network and took tough, unrehearsed questions from young people around the world via satellite. A Norwegian teen in London asked how Mr. Powell felt "about representing a country commonly perceived as the Satan of contemporary politics.
September 10, 1992 |
MTV raised the award show to an irreverent arena sport with last evening's ninth annual Video Music Awards from the huge Pauley Pavilion at UCLA. The music video channel's Man on the Moon statues (nicknamed "The Buzzies," as in Aldrin) were dutifully bestowed on the likes of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nirvana, Van Halen, Guns N' Roses, Arrested Development and Eric Clapton. But the spirit in the night was mostly anti-award, put up or shut up, with a rush of large scale concert performances by U2, Nirvana, Elton John and others, and plenty of anti-social behavior from award winners Van Halen (whose Sammy Hager was twice bleeped)
February 7, 2004 |
We want to extend our heartfelt thanks to Terri Carlin for protecting our nation's morals. According to the Smoking Gun Web site, the Knoxville, Tenn., bank employee, 47, has filed a class-action lawsuit "on behalf of all Americans" who suffered through the indignity of watching Janet Jackson expose herself at the Super Bowl Sunday. Seems Carlin is not satisfied with Janet's heartfelt apology. (To see her video-taped mea culpa go to http://go.philly. com/janet.) Filed in U.S. District Court in Tennessee, the suit alleges that Janet's "sexually explicit conduct" caused Carlin and millions of other CBS viewers "to suffer outrage, anger, embarrassment and serious injury.
January 26, 2000 |
It's hard to imagine how the younger, admittedly more intense Dick Vermeil would have handled the request. A producer from Nickelodeon, the cable channel devoted to children's programming, asked Vermeil to look into her camera and "show the kids your game face. " The older, more mellow Vermeil looked puzzled, smiled briefly, and said, "OK, thank you. " It was one of many surreal moments in the ever more bizarre exercise that is Super Bowl media day. When Vermeil brought the Eagles to the Super Bowl in 1981, there was no World Wide Web, and the game wasn't "covered" by everyone from Nickelodeon to MTV to the Cartoon Network.