We can finally chill. MTV is not only getting back in the music television business, it is bringing back the classic MTV Unplugged TV series. Created by Jim Burns and Robert Small, the acoustic music series premiered November 26, 1989 and ran through 1999, before being cancelled, or at least ending as a regularly scheduled series. From 2000 to 2014, MTV has put out occasional MTV Unplugged specials.
Below, watch as MTV looks back at Nirvana’s iconic MTV Unplugged appearance. Recorded on November 18, 1993, only a few months prior to his death, the episode would prove to be one Kurt Cobain’s last television performances. Other performers featured on MTV Unplugged through the years include Paul McCartney, LL Cool J, Mariah Carey, Eric Clapton, Alice in Chains, and George Michael. More recently, the MTV Unplugged specials have featured artists including Jay Z, Adam Lambert, Lil Wayne, and Miley Cyrus, whose appearance included a duet with Madonna.
Here is more from MTV, on the reimagined MTV Unplugged TV show.
A response to the heavily produced music of the late ’80s and early ’90s, “MTV Unplugged” triggered an acoustic music groundswell. The series presented artists in different yet complementary lights showcasing musicianship and songcraft. Through its distinctive format, MTV Unplugged manages the miraculous feat of reaching beyond core fans to connect contemporary artists to heritage audiences and heritage artists to younger audiences in equal measures. The conditions are right in 2016 to do it again. The revitalized Unplugged will restore key elements that made the franchise so groundbreaking in the first place, while resetting the show in the multi-platform video world of today.
Watch, as MTV looks back at Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged appearance.
MTV announced it had given the green light to the MTV Unplugged TV show revival in a multi-show press release. Stay tuned to TV Series Finale for more MTV TV show news. Some if it also involves music, believe it or not.
What do you think? Are you an MTV Unplugged fan? Will you tune in for the revived series?