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MadTV Canceled, New Cast Members Added to SNL

MadTV Ends While SNL Gets Two New Ladies

Good news and sorta sad news. I'll start with the sorta sad: Fox has canceled it's long-running sketch comedy program MadTV, which didn't exactly shock too many people. The folks at Best Week Ever even joked they thought it got canceled four years ago. Snark aside, I still think this holdover from the '90s deserves a (brief) moment of silence.

The good news is that sketch comedy is still thriving over at NBC after a particularly fruitful political season that had many viewers heading back to Saturday Night Live for some comic relief. Now SNL is looking to keep the show on everyone's radar with the addition of two new female cast members: Abby Elliott and Michaela Watkins (pictured).

Elliott is the daughter of comedian Chris Elliott who is a former SNL cast member himself (apparently this is the first multigenerational casting in the show's history). And from the video clips I've seen of her, Elliott is very funny — particularly when doing impersonations. Michaela Watkins has appeared on TV shows including The New Adventures of Old Christine and both ladies have paid their dues on the live sketch comedy circuit. They'll both debut this week!

Are you sad about MadTV? Check out videos of the new SNL ladies and let me know if you think there is potential there to maybe fill the void left by Tina and Amy. To watch for yourself,



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pargie pargie 8 years
I haven't watched as an adult, but mad tv was the show when I was younger! I grew up watching this moreso than SNL. Back in the Debra Wilson days..her impressions of Whitney Houston were so funny! I will miss you MAD TV!
audreystar audreystar 8 years
yeah i agree. one of the new female casts members added should have been black. since maya rudolph left they have been lacking someone to play any black female characters. it isn't right to bring someone in (queen latifah) or use kenan thompson in drag. that is insulting.
bluesuze bluesuze 8 years
Was Chris Elliot the creepy guy from There's Something About Mary? And I was wondering when they were going to get new female cast members for SNL, but I'm really gonna miss Fey and Amy Poehler
billyart101 billyart101 8 years
I can't watch the clips now, but I'm excited. The show needed some new blood. I can't wait to see them this Saturday.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
That's sad that MadTV got cancelled :( But it hasn't been funny for awhile. I will miss Michael McDonald though. I'm glad SNL is adding some females to its cast and Abby Elliot seems really funny. They need to add some different races to the cast though.
Mesayme Mesayme 8 years
I just realized... I shouldn't miss them use Michaela to recite/mock every word I say and mock single mothers as well that's soooo entertaining!... that would be a total waste of all that tiresome casting. Look at all the 'copyrighted' material they have too!!! :D
Mesayme Mesayme 8 years
Looks like more self indulgent digs to get cheap laughs. It's a spearhead for stupid celebrities to punk each other... leaving everyone else out of the equation. I know when I'm not wanted; so I won't watch.
aprilmayjune4 aprilmayjune4 8 years
^ Me too! It turns out she is 21. That is YOUNG for an SNL cast member nowadays.
sandy82 sandy82 8 years
I didnt think chris elliot was that old to have a grown up daughter!
jasmint jasmint 8 years
where are all the browns?
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
well i was always kind of surprised at how long MadTV was on the air, but i guess there was an audience for it right? i think that it's the end of an era and without the election this year who knows what would have become of SNL right? i know that a lot of us who have grown up with the show aren't nearly as interested as we once were.
foxie foxie 8 years
Abby Elliot's video was uh.. not so funny. The second clip was pretty good though.
foxie foxie 8 years
MadTV is only about a hundred times funnier than SNL.
niqua230 niqua230 8 years
Madtv was starting to suck a lot! It seemed like they had the same characters over and over! I am happy SNL got some new members though!
serenavallentine serenavallentine 8 years
i think abby elliot is hilarious, a really seems cute and a nice person. hopefully she brings a lot to the show. still enjoy snl from time to time...if i can stay up that late!
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