Monday, April 11, 2016

The CW Revives 'MADtv' as Primetime Series

Nine after after the original series ended its 14-season run on FOX, The CW is reviving sketch comedy series MADtv with an eight-episode order for the upcoming 2016-17 season. The new hourlong episodes will also air in primetime.

The revival will feature MADtv's signature pop-culture parodies and politically incorrect humor, and will star up-and-coming comedy voices. The cast of the new episodes will be a mixture of returning cast members and new comedians. 

David E. Salzman is also returning as executive producer and showrunner for the new episodes. Mark Teitelbaum and John Montgomery will also serve as executive producers. Telepictures will produce.

The revival comes on the heels of The CW airing a 20th anniversary special of MADtv in January which drew a solid 1.7 million total viewers and a 0.6 rating in Adults 18-49, in Live+Same Day statistics.

"The MADtv franchise is as vibrant as ever thanks largely to social and digital media appealing o a fan base numbering in the millions that relates to the show's brand of authentic and irreverent cross-cultural comedy," said Salzman. "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."