The gang is getting back together. Today, The CW announced they will be airing a MADtv 20th Anniversary Reunion on January 12th.
The reunion special will feature 19 series alumni and highlight the sketch show’s most popular bits.
First broadcast in 1995, MADtv began as a sketch series inspired by the popular Mad magazine. Over the years it aired on FOX, the series kickstarted the careers of several well-known comic actors like Keegan-Michael Key, Alex Borstein, Artie Lange, and Ike Barinholtz.
The series ended in 2009, after 14 seasons and more than 300 episodes.
The CW’s reunion special will also coincide with the release of several MADtv episodes that will become available to stream on CW Seed beginning January 5th.
Read the official announcement below:
BURBANK, Calif. (December 9, 2015) – Marking 20 years since the debut of the Emmy Award-winning sketch comedy series “MADtv,” The CW Network will broadcast the MADtv 20th Anniversary Reunion on Tuesday, January 12 (8:00-9:00 pm ET/PT). This one-hour retrospective of classic “MADtv” clips showcases the series signature pop-culture parodies and politically incorrect humor from the show’s 14 seasons, interwoven with new comedy material featuring 19 series alumni.
Returning cast members for the MADtv 20th Anniversary Reunion include Ike Barinholtz, Alex Borstein, Mo Collins, Crista Flanagan, Anjelah Johnson, Nicole Randall Johnson, Keegan-Michael Key, Phil LaMarr, Artie Lange, Bobby Lee, Michael McDonald, Arden Myrin, Nicole Parker, Eric Price, Will Sasso, Aries Spears, Nicole Sullivan, Stephnie Weir and Debra Wilson. In the special, the cast reunites to attend a glamorous award ceremony to honor the series, but in classic “MADtv” fashion, nothing goes as planned.
The MADTV 20TH ANNIVERSARY REUNION will also feature appearances from some of the show’s signature characters, many of which have amassed tens of millions of views on YouTube, including Anjelah Johnson’s Bon Qui Qui. Also included are star-studded highlights from throughout the show’s 14-season run, with guests such as Jessica Alba, Tyra Banks, Drew Barrymore, Halle Berry, Adam Carolla, David Carradine, John Cena, Bryan Cranston, Anna Faris, Neil Patrick Harris, Dr. Ken Jeong, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, the Kardashian family, Jamie Kennedy, Jimmy Kimmel, Christopher Meloni, Ryan Reynolds, Snoop Dogg and Xzibit, among others.
In addition to the primetime special, 75 of the maddest and funniest episodes will be available to stream exclusively on CW Seed, The CW’s digital network, beginning January 5, 2016.”
What do you think? Were you a MADtv fan? What were some of your favorite sketches? Will you watch the reunion special?