Already pilloried around social media last month after a site-wide experiment with long-form, occasionally critical journalism on its news site was abandoned for a dreaded “pivot to video,” MTV is joining every other TV network by diving into its own archives with a planned reboot of its video countdown “Total Request Live” (or the far edgier “TRL”). While nostalgia is big business, does a return of music videos to MTV matter? Even setting aside the inevitable Rickroll that’s coming once the voting is hacked, are on-demand music videos that hard to find in 2017?
CBS’ “Kevin Can Wait” shuffle:
A perplexing sitcom that lives on the memories it conjures more than its own merits, “Kevin Can Wait” with Kevin James announced plans to embrace its standing as a half-hour tribute to “King of Queens” by bringing James’ former costar Leah Remini on board as his former partner. What will happen to Erinn Hayes of “Eastbound & Down,” who played James’ wife on the new series? Her character will die, which means the show will evolve with a bittersweet complexity as it ponders loss and the fleeting nature of life. Just kidding. No doubt the show will be much like what you watched before just because it’s on.