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MTV bringing back 120 Minutes with Matt Pinfield

MTV announced today that it's bringing back its much beloved alternative rock program 120 Minutes later this year. It will be hosted by gravel-voiced network vet Matt Pinfield, who helmed the show from 1995 to 1999, before leaving MTV to, among other things, become Vice President of A&R for Columbia Records and go to rehab.

The new 120 Minutes will, of course, air on MTV2 rather than the reality show-heavy original channel, though an online component, 120 Seconds, launches Friday on MTV Hive, a "standalone online destination for indie music fans."

120 Minutes, originally hosted by Dave Kendall, began airing on MTV in 1986 and was a favorite of nerds and record store employees all across the country before turning a little too mainstream, playing Sum 41 and Staind videos, and getting cancelled in 2003. In its hayday, though, 120 Minutes was a force to be reckoned with. In fact, Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" video premiered on the show, alongside videos from artists like Morrissey, Blur, and They Might Be Giants.

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