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MADtv Is Getting a Revival on the CW

This is a reboot we did not see coming

Liam Mathews

MADtv, the late-night sketch comedy series that ran for 14 seasons from 1995 to 2009 on Fox, will be making a somewhat unexpected comeback on the CW, the network announced Monday.

MADtv will return for eight new one-hour prime-time episodes. A premiere date and cast will be announced at a later date.

The cast will consist of fresh-faced new comedians, with original cast members returning to host. No hosts have been announced, but MADtv has a deep pool of alumni to pull from, including Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, Orlando Jones, Alex Borstein and Andy Daly.

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The CW aired a 20th anniversary reunion special in January.

Original executive producer David E. Salzman is returning to run the new MADtv.

"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 in a statement. "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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