With the long-running pop culture parody show set to end on May 16th, the jokers over at MADtv are going all out to make the final episodes worthy of the show’s 14 year history.
As you may recall, FOX announced that they were pulling the plug on the sketch-comedy series back in November. The timing of the news gave the cast and crew time to craft some final episodes. The current cast includes Erica Ash, Matt Braunger, Crista Flanagan, Keegan-Michael Key, Bobby Lee, Arden Myrin, Nicole Parker, Eric Price, Lauren Pritchard, and Johnny Sanchez.
Heading in to the finale, upcoming episodes are looking back on some of MADtv’s crazier sketches and moments.
Tonight’s episode will spotlight the popular Coach Hines (Keegan-Michael Key) character as he bids farewell to his favorite punching bag students, Yamanashi (Lee) and Jericho (Braunger). Also, Lee once again tries to win the heart of fellow player Flanagan.
Next week’s installment will revolve around longtime castmember Michael McDonald, his Stuart and Mofaz characters, and his many impressions — including House’s Hugh Laurie, and daytime’s Dr. Phil and Maury Povich.
Though the details for the May 16th series finale are still under wraps, it sounds like it will be a “must-see” even for past and present fans alike. Word is that alumni like Alex Borstein, Mo Collins, Will Sasso, and Debra Wilson Skelton will be on hand to revive some of their best-known characters. Veteran comedian Fred Willard will also guest-star as the host of a MADtv Gives Back sketch.
When FOX announced the cancellation, executive producer David Salzman said that there was interest in bringing the show to another channel. Conversations were in the early stages at that point.
Unfortunately, there’s been no announcement of any progress or plans for the series to continue on after the May 16th finale.
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