MADtv ended it’s 14-season run nine years ago, but now the sketch comedy series is making a return on The CW!
The network has ordered eight hourlong episodes for a primetime run, according to Deadline. David E. Salzman, who executive produced the original series, is returning as executive producer/showrunner.
Like the original series, which aired in late-night on Saturdays, the revival will feature MADtv‘s signature pop-culture parodies and politically incorrect humor, and it too will star up-and-coming new comedy voices. The new series also will acknowledge its past, featuring special appearances from returning cast members of the original series as hosts of each episode. The names of the former cast members set to return are still TBD.
The MADtv series revival comes on the heels of the CW airing a MADtv 20th anniversary special in January, also from Salzman and Telepictures, and its digital network Seed acquiring 75 episodes of the original series. The hour-long anniversary special drew a solid 1.7 million viewers and a 0.6 among adults 18-49 in Live+same day.
“The MADtv franchise is as vibrant as ever thanks largely to social and digital media appealing to
a fan base numbering in the millions that relates to the show’s brand of authentic and irreverent cross-cultural comedy,” Salzman said. “We will continue to present the hard-hitting, laugh-out-loud, wall-to-wall pop culture parody our fans expect, but in a fresh, new way.”
Salzman is executive producing the series with Mark Teitelbaum and John Montgomery.
Mike Darnell, President, Warner Bros. Unscripted and Alternative TV, who oversees Telepictures, has longtime ties with MadTV going back to the time when he was head of alternative at Fox. “I was extraordinarily proud to be in charge of MadTV during most of its run at Fox Broadcasting Company,” he said. “In my opinion, it was always an underrated show that rivaled the best sketch comedy on television. I am thrilled to see it come back to network TV — and in primetime — thanks to The CW, and I feel lucky to have David Salzman and his team back at the helm.”
The CW has had success with rebooting another sketch comedy franchise, Whose Line Is It Anyway?, for which MADtv would be a suitable companion.
The 19 returning series alumni for the 20th anniversary special on the CW included Ike Barinholtz, Alex Borstein, Mo Collins, Crista Flanagan, Anjelah Johnson, Nicole Randall Johnson, Keegan-Michael Key, Phil LaMarr, Artie Lange, Bobby Lee, Michael McDonald, Arden Myrin, Nicole Parker, Eric Price, Will Sasso, Aries Spears, Nicole Sullivan, Stephnie Weir and Debra Wilson.
We need the entire original cast to come back — especially Debra Wilson.