Fans of MADtv can rejoice. The formerly Fox late-night show is getting a reboot, with its premier episode airing Tuesday night on The CW.
Fox cancelled the sketch comedy show in 2009 after 14 seasons. During its run it was nominated for 35 Emmy awards, winning five.
In January of this year, The CW network put together a one-hour 20th anniversary reunion special. Three months later, the network announced it was reviving the show for an eight-episode season to air in primetime. Instead of going up against NBC’s long-running Saturday Night Live like before, The CW will air the show on Tuesday nights at 9pm ET.
Producers of the reboot promise the same signature pop-culture parodies and politically incorrect humor fans have grown to love.
“In addition, the new series will also feature cast members of the original late-night series appearing as special guest stars in each episode reprising some of MADtv’s most popular characters,” The CW said in a press release.
New cast members include Carlie Craig (MTV’s “Todrick,” USA Network’s “First Impressions with Dana Carvey”), Chelsea Davison (writer, Comedy Central’s “@Midnight”), Jeremy D. Howard (“Hollywood Street”), Amir K ( “Argo,” “The Pyramid”), Piotr Michael (“The Howard Stern Show”), Michelle Ortiz (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D,” “Life in Pieces”), Lyric Lewis (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Drunk History”) and Adam Ray (“The Heat,” “Spy,” “Ghostbusters.”)
Eye Opener caught up with Ray and Lewis Tuesday morning, ahead of the show’s premier.