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The CW is reviving ‘MADtv’ as a prime-time series

The 2002 cast of "MADtv" included Jill-Michele Melean, left, Debra Wilson, Michael McDonald, Stephnie Weir, Mo Collins, Aries Spears, Frank Caliendo and Bobby Lee. Some former cast members will appear on the new show coming to the CW.

The 2002 cast of “MADtv” included Jill-Michele Melean, left, Debra Wilson, Michael McDonald, Stephnie Weir, Mo Collins, Aries Spears, Frank Caliendo and Bobby Lee. Some former cast members will appear on the new show coming to the CW.

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“MADtv” is returning to television as a prime-time series.

The CW announced Monday that it has ordered eight one-hour episodes of the sketch comedy series that will “star up-and-coming new comedy voices” as well as appearances by returning cast members.

The network did not announce a premiere date for the new “MADtv.”

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“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,” said executive producer and show runner David E. Salzman in a press 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.”

Premiering in 1995, “MADtv” aired on late night on Fox for 14 seasons and helped launch the careers of Orlando Jones, Mo Collins, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele.

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