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Sketch-comedy series Mad TV returning on The CW network

The sketch comedy series Mad TV is making a comeback with 8 hour-long episodes, The CW network announced Monday.

The CW orders 8 new 1-hour episodes of show that originally ran from 1995 - 2009 on Fox

Actors Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, now better known for their show Key & Peele, originally made a name for themselves on Mad TV. (Mark Davis/Getty Images for TV Land)

The sketch comedy series Mad TV is making a comeback.

The CW network said it will air eight new one-hour episodes. The show's format will include its signature pop-culture parodies and "politically incorrect humour," the network said Monday.

Cast members were not announced, but CW said the reincarnated Mad TV will star up-and-coming comedy voices. The show's hosts will be cast members from the original late-night series, which aired on Fox from 1995 to 2009.

Episodes from that 14-season run are available to stream on CW Seed, the CW's digital network. The CW brought many of the show's original cast together in January for a special that celebrated the series' 20th anniversary.

Jack Black, Halle Berry, George Carlin and Jay Z were among the many celebrities who appeared on the show.

"The Mad TV 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 Salzman said in a statement.

"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."

A premiere date for the new Mad TV was not announced.

with files from CBC News

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