Those who still want their MTV are about to get their fill. On Aug. 1, the channel currently known as VH1 Classic will be rebranded as MTV Classic, and be pumped full of all the shows that built Music Television into a viewing destination for all the cool kids in your neighborhood.
The new-old network will make its debut with “MTV Hour One,” a replay of the exact first hour of programming MTV aired, and then segue into a “Total Request Live” retrospective, followed by a best-of run of “MTV Unplugged.”
The shows that will be making their reappearance on MTV Classic during the hours of 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. include “Daria,” “Beavis and Butt-Head,” “Aeon Flux,” “Run’s House,” “Pimp My Ride,” “Clone High,” and just about every other show that still carries a cult following, with desperate pleas from fans to make the series available for streaming. (“Daria” is actually available to stream on Hulu.) Fridays during primetime will be devoted to music programming — “Unplugged,” “Storytellers,” and live performances.
“From ‘Beavis and Butt-Head’ to ‘Laguna Beach,’ MTV’s programming vault is a music and pop culture goldmine with universal resonance,” MTV president Sean Atkins says in a statement.
The launch date isn’t random — for those that don’t recall, Aug. 1, 1981, was when MTV first blinked on.