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The Voice (and Former TRL) Host Carson Daly: The Founding Father of Social TV?

Laugh if you want, but Carson Daly may have started the social TV movement way back in 1998 with MTV’s interactive call-in countdown show Total Request Live. Today, he hosts NBC’s fiercely social singing competition The Voice. (In between, he has hosted NBC’s late-late-night show Last Call with Carson Daly.) TRL and The Voice may feel miles apart on the music-show spectrum, but they’ve both contributed to the socialization of TV. We talked to Daly about his role in shaping TRL, adapting the Dutch formula for The Voice and the role of quality in social success…


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