MTV Live has been presenting segments in 3D all week and will finish off the March Break week by broadcasting the entire Thursday, March 17th episode in 3D. Viewers won’t need one of those brand new TV sets – Daryn Jones and crew are going old school with those retro blue and red glasses.
This isn’t the first show to broadcast in 3D, I’m sure many of you will remember 3rd Rock from the Sun’s “A Nightmare on Dick Street” from May 1997. Arrested Development’s 2006 episode, “Save Our Bluths,” also featured 3D moments during the Bluth family’s company benefit. Back in 2009, thanks to a special tie-in with the Superbowl, Chuck aired a 3D episode (“Chuck vs. the Third Dimension”) where Chuck had to save a rock star played by Dominic Monaghan from Lost. Unfortunately, the 3D glasses never made their way to Canada, so we were all pretty pissed off at NBC when the action sequences required the use 3D shades.
MTV Live marks its fifth anniversary on March 21 – the same day the MTV brand returned to Canada. In the summer of 2008, the program went to 30 minutes as opposed to an hour and focused primarily on comedic skits with occasional guests. I was actually on hand for the first episode, which featured guests Kevin Zegers (who recently terrorized our favourite Upper East Siders on Gossip Girl) and Jamie Cullum. Out of the eight original alternating hosts, Dan Levy and Jessi Cruickshank headed off into gossip superstardom thanks to The Hills After Show (and all of its incarnations) while Aliya-Jasmine Sovani was given the flagship program’s latter half-hour for MTV News.
The new comedic formula works quite well with leads Daryn Jones and Nicole Holness and their “misfits,” Paul “the intern” Lemieux and Sheena Snively. The comedy elements set this series apart from the other youth oriented daily shows like MuchMusic’s New.Music.Live. (the current incarnation of MuchOnDemand), BET’s 106 & Park and the stateside MTV’s The Seven (spun off from 90s pop phenom Total Request Live).
MTV Live airs Mondays to Thursdays at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. If you’ve missed this week’s MTV Live: In 3D! episodes, you can catch them online at mtv.ca.