To celebrate its 100th episode, MAD is getting "Super"-sized. The animated sketch-comedy series features a parody of the Superman blockbuster Man of Steel in Monday's double-sized show (Nov. 11 at 8:30/7:30c on Cartoon Network). Producer Kevin Shinick recruited Weird Al Yankovic and Henry Winkler to voice Superman and his father, Jor-El, respectively in the sketch, which takes a playful jab at the film's controversial violence.
The network gave Shinick 22-minutes to play with — twice the Emmy-nominated show's typical episode length — and he's stuffed it with a variety of pop-culture parodies and comedy bits. The featured musical sketch, "The Worst Show Ever," is inspired by a certain boy band. "It's One Direction's take on having to watch MAD," Shinick says, emphasizing his series' self-deprecating attitude. Yankovic will voice the band's manager.read more
It's a MAD world for Kevin Shinick, producer of a new animated series — based on the iconic humor mag that has been skewering pop culture since 1952. When asked if he feels at all daunted by the task of putting his own spin on the influential and beloved publication, Shinick takes a "What? Me Worry?" approach: "There's not so much apprehension or intimidation as there is 'I want to do it justice' for the fan in me — I'm going to be my biggest critic because I love the magazine."
Shinick compares the new series to Adult Swim's Robot Chicken: a chaotic mix of animation styles and off-the-wall sketches designed to capture even the shortest attention spans....read more