MADtv Is Coming Back to Television, but Not in Late Night and Not on Fox

The CW revives sketch comedy show for prime time

While Fox is making its own late-night sketch comedy play, its former late-night staple, MADtv, is being revived by another broadcast network.

The CW, which aired Madtv's 20th anniversary reunion special in January and averaged 1.7 million viewers, said Monday it would bring back the show for eight one-hour prime-time episodes. Each episode will be hosted by one of the show's original cast members. All 14 seasons of the Fox version of the show can be found on CW Seed, The CW's digital network. (MADtv is produced by Telepictures, which is owned by Warner Bros., a co-owner of The CW.)

"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," said executive producer and showrunner David E. Salzman. "We will continue to present the hard-hitting, laugh-out-loud, wall-to-wall pop culture parody our fans expect but in a fresh, new way."

Where exactly The CW will schedule MADtv remains unclear. Last month, the network renewed all 11 of its series for next season.

It's the second time The CW has used its corporate connections with Warner Bros. to revive a classic comedy from another network. In 2013, it brought back improv series Whose Line Is It Anyway? The fourth season of that show premieres May 23.

From 1995-2009, Fox aired MADtv at 11 p.m. ET on Saturday nights. The network only recently returned to late-night sketch comedy with Party Over Here, a half-hour series produced by Lonely Island, led by former SNL cast member Andy Samberg and writer Jorma Taccone.