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CW Reviving ‘MADtv’ with Primetime Series

MADtv” is returning to television.

The CW is reviving “MADtv” with a new primetime series, ordering eight hourlong episodes of the sketch comedy, featuring new and returning cast members. The network made the announcement Monday.

No premiere date has been set for the “MADtv” return.

CW aired a “MADtv” special earlier this year, which brought back a large portion of the original cast to celebrate the sketch comedy’s 20th anniversary. For the new show, the net says returning cast members will make special appearances as hosts of each episode.

With 14 seasons and more than 300 episodes, classic episodes from “MADtv’s” library are currently streaming on CW Seed, the CW’s digital network.

Telepictures will produce “MADtv” with David E. Salzman, Mark Teitelbaum and John Montgomery exec producing.

Salzman, who produced the original series and will serve as showrunner, commented: “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.”

“MADtv” debuted in 1995, airing Saturday nights on Fox and in syndication on Comedy Central, before ending its run in 2009.

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