MTV’s “TRL” is coming back, and the series will make a triumphant return on Monday, October 2nd. The daily live show will air, once again, from the MTV Times Square studio. MTV stated that the new studio has been expanded by nearly 200%, and the 8,700 square-foot multi-functional studio will allow for bigger audiences, expansive sets and simultaneous productions.
The show will integrate linear, social and digital under the “TRL” brand, and the digital extensions will feature platform-specific, premium content across YouTube, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and Musical.ly. “TRL” will feature a cast of five rotating hosts including D.C. Young Fly, Erik Zachary, Amy Pham, Tamara Dhia and Lawrence Jackson. The new studio won’t be up and running in time for the MTV Video Music Awards, but the event will the perfect place to promote the season premiere.
You can get to know more about the hosts below, as detailed by MTV.
Amy Pham is a DJ, actress and television host who has performed at events and festivals with Snoop Dogg, Ciara, Maroon 5 and Lady Gaga to name a few. She has worked with Jennifer Lopez and Adam Sandler and has been featured in projects for Netflix, Blumhouse, Awestruck TV and Go90. She has also been a creative ambassador for CoverGirl, Maybelline, Forever 21 and Macy’s.
D.C. Young Fly
Rapper, actor and comedian John Whitfield, better known as D.C. Young Fly, has over 5 million followers across social media. A talented musician, D.C. has worked with artists such as Rich Homie Quan, Fetty Wap, Young Dolph, Kevin Gates, B.o.B., Trae the Truth, producer Mike Will and more. He can currently be seen on MTV’s hit improv show, “Nick Cannon Presents: Wild ’N Out” and has played prominent roles in BET’s “New Edition” biopic as well as Will Packer’s “Almost Christmas.”
Erik Zachary is currently an on-air host for iHeartMedia’s 103.5 KISS FM in Chicago. After graduating from Columbia College Chicago, Erik climbed the ranks at iHeart, launching a new country station and syndicating his show to Boston and Sacramento. In addition, Erik’s YouTube channel features celebrity interviews, comedy sketches and vlogs.
Lawrence K. Jackson is a journalist, actor, producer and television/radio personality who joins MTV from Revolt. He has interviewed celebrities including Usher, Sean Combs, Adam Silver, Kevin Hart, Oprah Winfrey, Kevin Durant and more and his work has been featured in ESPN, ABC and Essence Magazine among others.
Writer, producer and host Tamara Dhia joins from Complex, where she was one of the faces of the brand, delivering pop culture news to millions of viewers daily. She’s interviewed some of the biggest names in pop culture including Zayn, DJ Khaled, Amber Rose, Kylie Jenner and Desiigner.