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J~$$$$
03-17-2011, 08:00 AM
NEW YORK (AP) - One of MTV's iconic programs, the defunct "120 Minutes," is returning.

The network will announce Thursday that "120 Minutes" is coming back as a monthly show on MTV2 and as a weekly webcast, which has been dubbed "120 Seconds."

Matt Pinfield, the VJ most identified with the original show, is returning as host.

"People have been wanting for so long for the show to come back," says Pinfield. "I couldn't be more over the moon about it."

The original "120 Minutes" ran from 1986 to 2003, airing on MTV, and in its last years, on MTV2. The new incarnation will similarly include interviews, performances and music videos, along with increased fan interaction.

Amy Doyle, executive vice president of music and talent at MTV, says the network wanted a multi-screen showcase for emerging music and found there's still an affinity for "120 Minutes."

"Why create a whole new franchise when we have one that means something still?" Doyle says. "Instead, let's dust it off and modernize it."

The brief, online "120 Seconds" will premiere Friday on MTV Hive, a recently launched online music destination. The broadcast "120 Minutes" will premiere later this year, though Doyle says she expects that to be "sooner rather than later."

Much of the original appeal of "120 Minutes" had to do with its era of music, particularly the then-thriving alternative rock and metal scenes. As a host for four years, Pinfield distinguished himself as an earnest and thoroughly knowledgeable interviewer.

Since "120 Minutes," Pinfield, 44, has hosted a number of music programs, including VH1's "VSpot Top 20 Countdown" and HDNet's "Soundoff With Matt Pinfield." He currently hosts a show for New York radio station WRXP, which he will continue to do, shifting from mornings to afternoons.

He says "120 Minutes" will highlight "a very broad base of independent and alternative rock."

"There's more new bands and good music coming out than ever," says Pinfield. "There's so much to be found."

PassiveTheory
03-17-2011, 08:15 AM
http://webspace.webring.com/people/pj/jubing/my_music/picture/minuet_bach.gif

J~$$$$
03-17-2011, 08:28 AM
<3.

shoegazer76
03-17-2011, 08:35 AM
Well they've got plenty to choose from for the cult classics now.

PassiveTheory
03-17-2011, 09:42 AM
"Why create a whole new franchise when we have one that means something still?" Doyle says. "Instead, let's dust it off and modernize it."

They tried this before. It was called Subterranean, and no one watched it.

HandBanana
03-17-2011, 09:46 AM
I loved 120 Minutes when I was a kid.
But 120 Minutes was also necessary when I was a kid.
It's outmoded.

menikmati
03-17-2011, 09:49 AM
It's on MTV2...no one watches that shit, and no one is gonna care about this returning. No one even watches tv for music anymore, people can just go to YouTube.

J~$$$$
03-17-2011, 10:13 AM
Menik is everyone and everything.

M Sparks
03-17-2011, 10:20 AM
Matt Pinfield, the VJ most identified with the original show, is returning as host.

http://www.slicingupeyeballs.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/davekendall1-1024x768.jpg

kreutz2112
03-17-2011, 10:34 AM
They tried this before. It was called Subterranean, and no one watched it.

I used to watch Subterranean, but I thought it started going downhill around 2008.

Pixiessp
03-17-2011, 11:02 AM
http://www.slicingupeyeballs.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/davekendall1-1024x768.jpg

Yes!! Dave Kendall. That was the best 120 minutes era.

brokenDREAMS
03-17-2011, 11:04 AM
I remember how 120 minutes used to debut music videos for bands that I loved back then (and now). Anyone here saw the show back in '97 when they premiered "Paranoid Android" from a little band call radiohead..

Pixiessp
03-17-2011, 11:07 AM
No. I did see when they premiered Creep though.

Electrotek
03-18-2011, 08:50 PM
Great! Now they just need to bring AMP back and all is golden.

Vic Viper
03-18-2011, 08:54 PM
Great! Now they just need to bring AMP back and all is golden.

beat me to it.

RageAgainstTheAoki
03-18-2011, 11:38 PM
I actually think this is lovely news. Yeah, we have YT and thousands of blogs and that sort of freedom is great, but it's also nice to have something tastefully curated. Matt Pinfield will do an ace job.

fatbastard
03-19-2011, 06:10 AM
I want to say subterranean and 120 minutes may have been the most influential cock teases that caused music lovers to go out and illegally rape artists discographies.

It seemed like an hour and forty minutes to hear only hear twenty minutes of music and one of them was always run during the ending credits.

york707
03-19-2011, 07:14 AM
Do you guys know of anywhere that has old episodes of AMP?

Electrotek
03-19-2011, 09:11 AM
Do you guys know of anywhere that has old episodes of AMP?

Other than YouTube, not many. And YouTube doesn't have all of the AMP episodes :(