Defamer reports that MADtv has been cancelled after its 14th season.:
Though the high-profile political season has gifted Saturday Night Live with some killer ratings, it apparently hasn’t floated all sketch comedy boats. Rumors started circulating today that Fox’s MADtv was canceled in the middle of its fourteenth season, so Defamer checked in with one of our operatives to get the scoop:
“It’s true,” said the highly-placed source. “We’re finishing out the season, then we’re done.”
Fox had been experimenting with potential MADtv replacements over the last few years, though none of its hush-hush, taped pilots ever made it to series. We’re hearing, though, that the network has currently decided to keep its other late-night offering, Talk Show with Spike Feresten. Developing!
You, like us, are probably shocked and stunned to find out that MADtv was still on. (Dear God… are JAG and DIAGNOSIS MURDER still on too?) As the above graphic shows, it even boasted a cute, earnest young cast of up-and-coming comics that no one has ever heard of.
SMALLVILLE has been on for a while as well, but we hope some day MADtv gets its due as one of the longest-running comic book-based TV shows of all time.