The nothing-is-really-dead era of TV has its newest case: The CW is reviving “MADtv” as a prime-time series.

The show had a 14-season run on FOX as a Saturday late-night series, lasting longer than any other show that had attempted to counter-program “Saturday Night Live.” The show’s library has been streaming on CW Seed, and the network hosted a 20th anniversary special earlier this season.

The CW has ordered eight hour-long episodes of “MADtv” to air in primetime. A date hasn’t been determined yet.

“The ‘MADtv’ franchise is as vibrant as ever thanks largely to social and digital media appealing to a fan base numbering in the millions that relates to the show’s brand of authentic and irreverent cross-cultural comedy,” executive producer David E. Salzman says in a statement. “We will continue to present the hard-hitting, laugh-out-loud, wall-to-wall pop culture comedy our fans expect, but in a fresh, new way.”

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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