Saturday night, following an eight-year absence, MTV’s iconic alternative-music show “120 Minutes” returned with a new format and a familiar face: late-’90s host Matt Pinfield. The show now airs monthly on the largely music-free network’s sister channel MTV2, and features more interviews and fewer videos than the original incarnation.
If you didn’t catch the premiere — which featured interviews with Dave Grohl and PJ Harvey, among others, and videos by The Joy Formidable, Sleigh Bells and Das Racist — you can watch Pinfield’s intro above (“I’m so proud to say these words again: I’m Matt Pinfield, and welcome to MTV2’s ‘120 Minutes'”), and you can see the whole episode on MTV’s Hive site.
While the debut episode does acknowledge the history of “120 Minutes” — if you watch the intro posted above closely, you can even catch a glimpse of show creator/host Dave Kendall in a shot from the 2003 finale — it frames the show more as a ’90s presence, including “vintage” videos from the likes of Pearl Jam, Radiohead and Foo Fighters.
If you’ve seen the premiere, what did you think? Let us know in the comments below.
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