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The CW to Revive 'MADtv' as Primetime Series

The CW plans to revive "MADtv," the long-running sketch-comedy show inspired by "MAD Magazine."

The network has ordered eight new one-hour episodes, set to air in primetime, featuring new and returning cast members. A premiere date will be announced later.

Debuting in 1995, "MADtv" aired for 14 seasons on Fox, and served as a platform for such actors/comedians as Alex Borstein, Orlando Jones, Keegan-Michael Key, Phil LaMarr, Jordan Peele and Nicole Sullivan. Nominated for 45 Emmy Awards, the show was canceled in 2009. Episodes can still be seen on CW Seed, The CW's digital network.

“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," showrunner David E. 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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