If you’ve always wondered who would win a fistfight between Mariah Carey and Jim Carrey, or whether first lady Hillary Clinton could kick Monica Lewinsky’s butt, then MTV has just the show for you: “Celebrity Deathmatch,” a new 13-part animated series premiering May 14 at 7:30 p.m. just before the “Seinfeld” finale on NBC.
Each week, clay renderings of Jerry Seinfeld, Tim Allen, Carey, Carrey, Lewinsky, Clinton and others will do battle in the ring, one-on-one, with three matches per half-hour as well as pre-fight and post-fight interviews, press conferences and locker-room chat.
MTV evidently figured there was juice in the concept after its “Celebrity Deathmatch Deathbowl ’98” special during halftime of January’s Super Bowl — featuring Howard Stern vs. Kathie Lee Gifford, Pamela Anderson Lee vs. RuPaul and Hanson vs. the Spice Girls — attracted a whopping 4.6 household rating.
Death. It’s red hot.