MADTV Predicted the iPad Back in 2005

Frank Cozzarelli · 01/27/10 02:35PM

Years ago, MadTV anticipated the jokes we'd be making today about Apple's chosen name for their tablet. "With the new iPad, I can just hook up my Apple to my Peach, and I can download protection for a thousand periods!"

Fox Stakes Late Night Hopes on 2-Year-Old Show You've Never Watched

Kyle Buchanan · 11/24/08 06:30PM

When we broke the news that Fox had canceled MADtv, we also cited rumblings that Fox was going to keep its other late-night offering, the little-watched Talkshow With Spike Feresten. At the time, we assumed that Talkshow wasn't long for this world either, since it has now aired for two years (with top-tier guests like Vanilla Ice!) safely out of the public eye. Au contraire, say Fox spokespeople, who are attempting a new strategy designed to grow the series into their own Tonight Show. So what's their plan, and what is this show anyway?Says Broadcasting & Cable:

Defamer Exclusive: 'MADtv' Canceled

Kyle Buchanan · 11/12/08 01:10PM

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!

Emmy Nomination Hell! 10 Plots and Subplots to Watch After Today's Big Announcements

STV · 07/17/08 10:10AM

The world awoke this morning to the chirping of little birds resembling Kristin Chenoweth and Neil Patrick Harris, perched at a podium in the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, announcing nominations for the 60th Emmy Awards. While most rolled over and tried to get back to sleep, we sat bolt upright as usual and sprinted to the window, our furious note-taking chronicling a few snubs, surprises and plenty of the conventional wisdom we've come to expect from the annual ritual.

mark · 11/08/07 03:51PM

A tipster informs us that the Guild's roaming, set-disrupting WGA Strike Force, armed with whistles, bullhorns, and—always a a classy touch—a saxophone, just successfully shut down a Mad TV location shoot in Hollywood's DeLongpre Park, where the show was trying to get footage for a sketch called "The Worst Magician in the World." With the unkillable series featuring no recognizable stars to take hostage for the cause, however, the marauding writers will have to settle for the satisfaction of having temporarily hobbled Fox's ability to profit from the exploitation of David Copperfield's misery.