MTV just announced that it will transform VH1 Classic as MTV Classic starting on August 1st! According to a statement from MTV, the new channel focuses on “an eclectic mix of fan-favorite MTV series and music programming drawn from across its rich history, with a special focus on the 1990s and early 2000s.”
The switch happens on August 1st, 2016. That date does have special significance – it’s commemorating the launch of MTV 35 years ago on August 1st, 1981. The debut hour of MTV Classic will be exactly the same as the first hour of programming in MTV’s history. That seems like a really cool way to kick things off. In a nod to modern technology, fans will also be able to watch “MTV Hour One” via Facebook Live on the channel’s Facebook page.
MTV Classic will go through programming history, looking back at Total Request Live (TRL) and airing the “most memorable” installments of MTV Unplugged, including episodes featuring Nirvana, Erykah Badu and Bob Dylan. Primetime will feature some of the popular animated shows, like Beavis & Butt-head and Aeon Flux. Weekends, the MTV Classic brings you “binge-worthy marathons” of shows like Real World and Laguna Beach. For all of who grew up in the 80s and early 90s, this is heaven.
Sean Atkins, President of MTV, noted in a statement, “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.”
WE GOT OUR MTV!