The main hype seemed to be about CD:UK and the "Saturday Chart".
Yes, the original idea seemed to be that SM:TV was meant to be a pre-show for CD:UK. Only it turned out to not really work, not least because most of the big acts that kids would be interested in wouldn't come on the show originally. The first edition of SM:TV featured a lot of backstage footage of Suggs getting ready, which would be unlikely to excite the average Saturday Morning kids TV audience.
I do remember something with Ant & Dec about to go in the studio, then Cat stopping them saying it would "ruin the suprise", but I'm sure this was a trailer shown several times in the week or two leading up to the first episode, not a clip from Mashed. There was also a trailer showing empty parks, playgrounds, football pitches etc. implying they were empty cos all the kids were watching SM:TV, this was shown straight before the final edition of The Chart Show IIRC, or at least it was here (Yorkshire region). Then there was a trailer for CD:UK straight after it, so there were at least 3 different trailers promoting SM:TV and CD:UK in the lead up to it starting, so it was being pushed.
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