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-Reyes, 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-Reyes'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 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. The MadTV 20th Anniversary Reunion is produced by Telepictures and Epicenter Ventures, with David Salzman serving as executive producer. The special was written by John Crane and directed by Bruce Leddy. Rick Squire is the executive in charge and Adam Salzman is supervising producer.
Airing more than 300 episodes in 14 seasons, the long-running series noted for its signature characters, celebrity impersonations and on-the-edge pop-culture sendups also featured hundreds of guest stars and musical acts. Produced by QDE - Quincy Jones & David Salzman Entertainment - the landmark parody series gave comedy starts to some of today's most well-known faces, including Key & Peele's Keegan Michael Key and Jordan Peele, Sleepy Hollow's Orlando Jones, The Big Bang Theory's Simon Helberg, The Mindy Project's Ike Barinholtz, Alex Borstein of Family Guy and many more.