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Mad TV (stylized as MADtv) is an American comedy sketch television series originally inspired by Mad magazine. The show featured animated Spy vs. Spy and Don Martin cartoon shorts as well as images of Alfred E. Neuman in earlier seasons, although the sketch comedy rarely if ever had any relation to the magazine's content. Its first TV broadcast was on October 14, 1995. The one-hour show first-ran on Saturday nights on Fox, and was in syndication on Comedy Central. In Australia, the show screens on satellite and cable TV channel The Comedy Channel and in late-night timeslots on free-to-air broadcaster the Nine Network and its affiliates.

Madtv
Logo of MADtv.png
Genre Variety show
Created by
Directed by
Starring see List of Mad TV cast members
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 15
No. of episodes 329 (plus 1 special) (list of episodes)
Production
Location(s)
Running time 40–48 minutes
Production company(s)
  • Quincy Jones-David Salzman Entertainment Inc. (entire run)
  • Bahr/Small Productions (Season 1–3 only)
  • Image Nation (2016)
  • Telepictures
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original network
Picture format
Original release
  • Original series:
  • October 14, 1995 (1995-10-14) – May 16, 2009 (2009-05-16)
  • Revival series:
  • July 26, 2016 (2016-07-26) – hiatus
Chronology
Followed by
Related shows
Website www.madtv.com

Mad TV was created by Fax Bahr and Adam Small. The series was originally produced by Bahr/Small Productions and Quincy Jones/David Salzman Entertainment (QDE). After Bahr and Small left the series at the end of the third season (they were later credited as "executive consultants"), the series was handled by QDE and distributed by WB Television Distribution (its parent company Time Warner Entertainment owns Mad magazine through its DC Comics subsidiary). The series was directed by Bruce Leddy (196 episodes),[1] as well as David Grossman, and Amanda Bearse.

On November 12, 2008, Fox announced that Mad TV's 14th season would be its last. David Salzman said that he would be exploring the continuation of the show on another channel; possibly cable.[2] In early 2009, the show was moved to air after Talkshow with Spike Feresten, the show that normally followed Mad TV, as a test, before being moved back. The series finale aired on May 16, 2009.[3] The show was nominated for 35 Emmy awards, winning five, and was succeeded by an unrelated animated sketch comedy series (intended for a children/preteen audience), MAD, that aired on Cartoon Network from 2010 to 2013.

On December 11, 2015, it was reported that the series would be returning for a one-hour special on The CW to celebrate the series' 20th anniversary; the special aired on January 12, 2016. A large portion of the original cast returned.[4]

On April 11, 2016, The CW announced that it was reviving the show for an 8-episode season to air in primetime. The season premiered on July 26, 2016 and concluded on September 27, 2016.[5][6] The series is currently on hiatus, as The CW has not renewed/cancelled the series for another season.[7]

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FormatEdit

Mad TV was taped in front of a live audience and consisted of sketches, cartoon shorts, and musical performances. Much of its comedy parodied popular television shows, movies and music, as well as topical, political, and pop culture humor.

Cast membersEdit

Home media Edit

Warner Home Video released The Complete First Season of Mad TV in 2004. However, due to poor sales, the release of the second season was cancelled (despite a preview for it in the first season DVD). Mad TV: The Best of Seasons 8, 9, and 10 was released in 2005, featuring the most popular sketches from those seasons.

On November 5, 2012, it was announced that Shout! Factory had acquired the rights to the series.[8] They subsequently announced that they would release the second season on DVD on March 22, 2013.[9] The third season was released on June 25, 2013 and the fourth season was released on November 12, 2013.[10]

SyndicationEdit

Originally, reruns of Mad TV aired as 30-minute reruns on local TV stations, often under the banner "The Best of Mad TV". The cable channel TNN (now Spike TV) aired the first six seasons of Mad TV from 1999 to 2001. Comedy Central soon picked up the show after its syndication package of Saturday Night Live reruns was acquired by the E! Entertainment Network, and aired 30-minute and full-hour reruns of episodes from seasons 1 through 11 until 2015. Canada's The Comedy Network also airs Mad TV reruns of seasons 8 through 13. In 2005, Canadian channel BiteTV began airing re-runs every weekday at 4pm.

RevivalEdit

On December 11, 2015, it was reported that the series would be returning for a one-hour special on The CW to celebrate the series' 20th anniversary; the special aired on January 12, 2016. A large portion of the original cast returned.[4]

The CW announced that it was reviving the show for an 8-episode season to air in primetime on April 11, 2016, featuring a new cast. Some original cast members including Nicole Sullivan, Will Sasso, Bobby Lee, Aries Spears, Debra Wilson, Ike Barinholtz, & Anjelah Johnson returned as hosts and appeared as their signature characters.[11]

Awards and nominationsEdit

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Year Association Award Category Recipients Result
1999 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Costume Design for a Variety or Music Program Wendy Benbrook for episode "402" Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Hairstyling for a Series Matthew Kasten for episode "402"
2000 Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Awards Outstanding Make-up for a series – Television (for a Single Episode of a Regular Series – Sitcom, Drama, or Daytime) Jennifer Aspinall, Felicia Linsky, and Ed French Nominated
Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Awards Best Innovative Hair Styling – Television (for a Single Episode of a Regular Series – Sitcom, Drama, or Daytime) Dugg Kirkpatrick Nominated
Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Awards Best Character Hair Styling – Television (for a Single Episode of a Regular Series – Sitcom, Drama, or Daytime) Judith Tiedemann, Dugg Kirkpatrick, and Chriss Curry Nominated
Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Awards Best Character Hair Styling – Television (for a Single Episode of a Regular Series – Sitcom, Drama, or Daytime) Judith Tiedemann, Dugg Kirkpatrick, and Chriss Curry Nominated
Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Awards Best Character Makeup – Television (for a Single Episode of a Regular Series – Sitcom, Drama, or Daytime) Jennifer Aspinall, Felicia Linsky, and Ed French Won
2001 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Costumes for a Variety or Music Program Wendy Benbrook and Wanda Leavey for episode "615" Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Hairstyling for a Variety or Music Program Matthew Kasten, Mishell Chandler, Desmond Miller, Rod Ortega, Mimi Jafari, and Fabrizio Sanges for episode "601" Won
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Art Direction for a Variety or Music Program John Sabato, D. Martyn Bookwalter, Cece Destefano, and Daryn-Reid Goodall for episode "610" Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Main Title Design Steve Kirklys (title designer) and Adam Byrd (title designer) Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Makeup for a Series Jennifer Aspinall, Felicia Linsky, Stephanie L. Massie, Darrell McIntyre, Randy Westgate, Julie Purcell, Ed French, Susan A. Cabral, and Myke Michaels for episode "Mad TV's 2nd Annual Salute to the Movies" Nominated
Canadian Comedy Awards Television – Pretty Funny Male Performance Will Sasso Nominated
Art Directors Guild Awardss Excellence in Production Design Award John Sabato (production designer), D. Martyn Bookwalter (art director), and Cece Destefano (art director) Nominated
Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Awards Best Special Makeup Effects – Television (For a Single Episode of a Regular Series – Sitcom, Drama, or Daytime) Jennifer Aspinall and Randy Westgate (Episode: "Mad TV Goes to the Movies") Won
Image Awards Outstanding Variety Series/Speciality jumpsuit Nominated
Canadian Comedy Awards Television – Pretty Funny Male Performance Ron Pederson Nominated
2002 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Art Direction for a Variety or Music Program John Sabat, D. Martyn Bookwalter, and Daryn-Reid Goodall for episode "Mad TV's 3rd Annual Salute to the Movies" Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Choreography Monie Adamson for episode "701" Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Costumes for a Variety or Music Program Wendy Benbrook and Wanda Leavey for episode "Mad TV's Holiday Spectacular" Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Makeup for a Series (Non-Prosthetic) Jennifer Aspinall, Randy Westgate, Julie Purcell, Scott Wheeler, Stephanie L. Massie, Felicia Linsky, and Darrell McIntyre for episode "701" Nominated
Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series – Guest Starring Young Actress Michelle Trachtenberg Nominated
Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Awardss Best Special Makeup Effects – Television (For a Single Episode of a Regular Series – Sitcom, Drama, or Daytime) Won
2003 Art Directors Guild Awardss Television – Variety or Awards Show, Music Special, or Documentary Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Makeup for a Series (Prosthetic) Jennifer Aspinall, Scott Wheeler, Randy Westgate, Nathalie Fratti, David Williams for episode "806" Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Makeup for a Series (Non-Prosthetic) Jennifer Aspinall, Scott Wheeler, Randy Westgate, James Rohland, and Julie Purcell for episode "801" Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Hairstyling for a Series Matthew Kaste, Mishell Chandler, K. Troy Zestos, and Stacey Bergman for episode "806" Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Costumes for a Variety or Music Program Wendy Benbrook and Wanda Leavey for episode "809" Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Art Direction for a Variety or Music Program John Sabato, D. Martyn Bookwalter, and Daryn-Reid Goodall for episode "806" Nominated
Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Awards Best Character Makeup – Television Series Nominated
Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Awardss Best Character Hair Styling – Television Series Nominated
Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Awardss Best Special Makeup Effects – Television Series Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Show – Late Night Nominated
Writers Guild of America Awards Comedy/Variety (Including Talk) – Series Nominated
2004 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Show – Late Night Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Art Direction for a Variety or Music Program John Sabato, D. Martyn Bookwalter, and Daryn-Reid Goodall for episode "200th Episode" Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Choreography Monie Adamson For episode "925" Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Hairstyling for a Series Matthew Kasten, Mishell Chandler, Desmond Miller, and Anthea Grutsis for episode "200th Episode" Nominated
BET Comedy Award Outstanding Comedy Variety Series Nominated
2005 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Costumes for a Variety or Music Program Wendy Benbrook and Wanda Leavey for episode "1017" Won
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Art Direction for a Variety, Music Program, or Special John Sabato, D. Martyn Bookwalter, and Daryn-Reid Goodall for episode "1006" Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Choreography Monie Adamson for episode "1023" Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Hairstyling for a Series Matthew Kasten, Anthea Grutsis, Desmond Miller, and Raissa Patton for episode "1017" Won
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Makeup for a Series (Non-Prosthetic) Jennifer Aspinall, Scott Wheeler, Randy Westgate, and Nathalie Fratti for episode "1004" Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Miniseries, Movie, or Special Jennifer Aspinall, Scott Wheeler, Randy Westgate, and James Rohland for episode "1013" Nominated
2006 Primetime Emmy Awards Excellence in Production Design Award Won
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Makeup for a Series (Non-Prosthetic) Jennifer Aspinall, Nathalie Fratti, Heather Mages, and David Williams for episode "1109" Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Art Direction for a Variety, Music Program, or Special John Sabato, D. Martyn Bookwalter, and Daryn-Reid Goodall for episode "1115" Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics Greg O'Connor and Jim Wise for the song "A Wonderfully Normal Day" for episode "1111" Won
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Costumes for a Variety or Music Program Wendy Benbrook and Wanda Leavey for episode "1109" Won
2007 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Miniseries, Movie, or Special Jennifer Aspinall, Heather Mages, Wade Daily, Douglas Noe, James Rohland, and David Williams for episode "1117" Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics Greg O'Connor, Bruce McCoy, and Jim Wise for the song "Merry Ex-Mas". for episode "1209" Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Makeup for a Series (Non-Prosthetic) Jennifer Aspinall, Heather Mages, James Rohland, David Williams for episode "1210" Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Art Direction for a Variety, Music, or Nonfiction Programming John Sabato, D. Martyn Bookwalter, and Daryn-Reid Goodall for episode "1209" Nominated
Art Directors Guild Awards Excellence in Production Design Award John Sabato, D. Martyn Bookwalter, and Nicole Elespuru Won
2008 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Art Direction for Variety, Music, or Nonfiction Programming Nicole Elespuru, James Yarnell, and Daryn-Reid Goodall for episode "1315" Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Makeup for a Multi-Camera Series or Special (Non-Prosthetic) Jennifer Aspinall, Heather Mages, Chris Burgoyne, and Ned Neidhardt for episode "1308" Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics Greg O'Connor, Jordan Peele, and Jim Wise for the song "Sad Fitty Cent" for episode "1305" Nominated
Art Directors Guild Awards Excellence in Production Design Award John Sabato (production designer), D. Martyn Bookwalter (art director), and Nicole Elespuru (assistant art director) Won
ALMA Awards Outstanding Female Performance in a Comedy Television Series Anjelah Johnson Nominated
ALMA Awards Outstanding Male Performance in a Comedy Television Series Johnny A. Sanchez Nominated
2009 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Makeup for a Multi-Camera Series or Special (Non-Prosthetic) Jennifer Aspinall, Alexei O'Brien, David Williams, and Heather Mages for episode "1405" Won
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Hairstyling for a Multi-Camera Series or Special Matthew Kasten, Wendy Southard, Desiree Dizard, and Desmond Miller for episode "1412" Nominated

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Full Cast & Crew". imdb. 
  2. ^ Schneider, Michael (November 12, 2008). "Fox cancels ‘Mad TV’". Variety. Retrieved February 3, 2015. 
  3. ^ Kinon, Cristina (May 6, 2009). "'MADtv' hopes finale isn't last laugh". NY Daily News. Retrieved February 3, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Plaugic, Lizzie (December 11, 2015). "Mad TV is coming back for a one-hour 20th anniversary special". The Verge. Retrieved December 12, 2015. 
  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (April 11, 2016). "CW Revives ‘MadTV’ As Primetime Series". Deadline. 
  6. ^ "'MADtv' Returns with an All New Primetime Series on The CW". The Futon Crtic. June 15, 2016. Retrieved June 16, 2016. 
  7. ^ https://mobile.twitter.com/fatmodelj/status/853087507742834692
  8. ^ "MADtv DVD news: DVD Plans for MADtv Season 2 through Season 5". TVShowsOnDVD.com. 2007-05-25. Retrieved 2013-08-19. 
  9. ^ "MADtv DVD news: Press Release for MADtv – The Complete 2nd Season". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Retrieved 2013-08-19. 
  10. ^ "MADtv DVD news: Announcement for MADtv – The Complete 3rd Season". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Retrieved 2013-08-19. 
  11. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (April 11, 2016). "CW Revives ‘MadTV’ As Primetime Series". Deadline. 

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