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What does Mo Collins’ Lorraine, Michael McDonald’s Stewart, and Alex Borstein’s Ms. Swan have in common? They’re all iconic characters hatched from the sketch show “Mad TV.” The comedy series, which ended its run in 2009, is getting the nostalgia revival treatment by the CW. The show, a prerecorded production similar to “Saturday Night Live,” jump-started the careers of a handful of unknown comics and created iconic bits with beloved characters. The revival comes hot on the heels of a 20th anniversary reunion special that reunited many of the series’ familiar faces. The new series, which will feature a brand-new cast, will go into production at the start of July. Los Angeles, like the original series, will be the production’s home base. Tasked with finding the new generation of funny are Julie Ashton and her team. The masterminds over at Walt Disney Studios are gearing up for »
Hard to believe, but it's been 9 years since MadTV went off the air. If you've been missing the crazy antics of this hugely popular sketch comedy series that ran for an amazing 14 seasons, you can dry those tears. The CW is planning a MadTV Revival with one major change. It's going to be a prime time series this time out.
In 1995, MadTV was envisioned as an alternative to Saturday Night Live, airing a half hour earlier as part of Fox's Saturday night line-up. The show is coming back for 8 hour-long episodes on The CW. Executive producer of the original MadTV, David E. Salzman is returning as showrunner. The show will be produced by Telepictures.
The MadTV Revival won't stray to far from its original format. It will continue to skewer pop culture, offering parodies of all the latest movies, TV shows, and big social media moments just like its Magazine namesake. »
Dirty Grandpa review: Meet the most offensive, repulsive, most unlikable, disgusting film of the year so far.
Zac Efron and Robert De Niro lead this new R-Rated comedy from Dan Mazar, the talented writer and producer behind Sacha Baron Cohen’s Borat movie, and the director of British comedy I Give It A Year. Mazar takes on his biggest project yet with Dirty Grandpa, a film that heavily relies on constant gross-out humour and multiple mutterings of the word shit, rather than wit.
Efron plays Jason, a successful lawyer who has just bagged a high-profile job at the law firm that his father works for. Unfortunately, there’s been a death in the family, and everyone has united to mourn the loss of Jason’s grandmother, including his grandpa, Dick (played by De Niro). At the wake, it becomes known that Dick has to travel to Florida the following day, »
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It’s been more than two decades since the human Muppets of MADtv first graced our screens, and you’ll be happy to know they haven’t grown changed one bit.
PhotosGolden Globes 2016: Best, Worst and Most Outrageous Moments
The late sketch comedy’s best and brightest reassemble Tuesday (The CW, 8/7c) to celebrate its 20th anniversary, but their initial joy quickly transitions into awkward tension when it’s announced that one of their characters will be win a special “fan-favorite” award at the end of the night.
Truncated by scripted vignettes of the co-stars catching up, the special »
4 items from 2016
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