A show that had a long run as a late-night series is returning to television, where this time around it will air in prime time. The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that the CW is reviving “MADtv.”
The original program had a 14-year run on Fox, where it aired on Saturday nights until 2009. “The series helped launch the careers of comedians including Alex Borstein (‘Family Guy’), Ike Barinholtz (‘The Mindy Project’), Keegan-Michael Key (‘Key & Peele’), Jordan Peele (‘Key & Peele’), Simon Helberg (‘The Big Bang Theory’) and Orlando Jones (‘Sleepy Hollow’), among others,” THR notes.
The new version will feature new cast members, but will reportedly bring back “MADtv” veterans as guest hosts.
“There is no premiere date for the new episodes, which will hail from Telepictures and executive producers David E. Salzman, Mark Teitelbaum and John Montgomery,” THR reports.
In a statement today, Salzman said: “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. 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.”
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