People of the 90s, this one’s for you: after years of being forced to do our research independently, VH1 is bringing back Pop Up Video, thus arguably giving all of us reason to watch television again.
With 60 episodes in the works, the show will also include hip-hop and rap tracks (which is relatively new, since the previous series tried to stay away from the MTV demographic).
Set to debut in the fall, co-creator Woody Thompson has stated that he’s “sat on the sidelines for the last decade and watched as everyone and the brother has ripped off Pop Up in some way or another with the internet coming out of nowhere and Twitter being hauntingly familiar and all of these devices that are using snarky, pithy text.”
Fair, but guy, relax. Can you really say that anybody ripped off a show dedicated to sarcastic trivia, if they’re just sarcastic people themselves? (That, say, happen to know a lot of facts?)
Regardless, if you were of literacy age from the mid-90s onward, it’s safe to assume that whether or not you agree with the show’s patriarch, the days of sitting cross-legged in front of the tube so you can outsmart everyone with your impressive knowledge are yours once more. And while we’ve all taken to Wikipedia for our treasure trove of facts, there’s something novel about little bubbles that appear onscreen bestowing trivia upon the world.