Mad TV (season 13)
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|Mad TV (season 13)|
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|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||16|
|Original release||September 15, 2007 –|
May 17, 2008
The 13th season of Mad TV saw more changes in show format and cast members. Repertory players Ike Barinholtz, Frank Caeti, and Nicole Randall Johnson and feature player Lisa Donovan were let go from the cast (Barinholtz left due to creative differences while Caeti, Johnson, and Donovan were fired). Johnny Sanchez joined the cast as a repertory player, while Dan Oster, Anjelah Johnson, and Daheli Hall were hired as feature players. John Crane and Bruce Leddy -- Mad TV's showrunners, head writers, and executive producers — directed most of the episodes.
In addition, Mad TV moved to a new studio (The Henry Fonda Music Box Theater) in order to give the show the feel of a live event. Because of competition from Saturday Night Live's Digital Shorts and FOX's massive budget cuts made to the show, many of Mad TV's sketches in season 13 were shot film-style, single-camera, and on location with little to no use of props or costumes.
Between November 24 and February 2, Mad TV became one of many scripted, current (at the time) television shows to be put on hiatus due to the 2007-2008 Writers Guild of America strike. Even though the WGA strike did not end until February 12, 2008, three "new" episodes aired on February 2, February 9, and February 16. These "new" episodes were little more than pretaped sketches from canceled episodes and repeats of old sketches from seasons eight to ten (with no segments from the Music Box Theater). The show returned to its normal format on March 29, 2008.
This season was also the first of only two seasons to have "Best of..." clip shows a la Saturday Night Live, four of which aired prior to the show's official season premiere: Mad TV Ruined My Life (where Nicole Parker appears on a fictional episode of The Jerry Springer Show to defend the audience's claims that Mad TV's raunchy sketches have traumatized and disgusted them), Survivor: Mad TV (where Jeff Probst and Keegan-Michael Key host a collection of Mad TV's best TV and movie parodies), I Want My Mad TV (Perez Hilton and Bobby Lee's Johnny Gan character host a collection of Mad TV's best celebrity caricatures and swipes at pop culture), and Mad TV's Most Wanted (where Michael McDonald and Susan Sarandon host a collection of the show's best recurring sketches and characters).
The opening title sequence for season thirteen has been dramatically redesigned. The original Mad TV song used for the previous twelve seasons has been completely replaced by a remixed version. The show also has a new announcer.
|Title||Guest(s)||Original air date|
|289||1||"Mad TV Ruined My Life: The Sketches That Shocked a Nation"||Jerry Springer||September 15, 2007|
Jerry Springer hosts a fictitious episode of his talk show about viewers who have been offended by Mad TV's content and Nicole Parker appears to defend the show. Sketches include: "Flashlight Masturbators", "The Zapruder Home Movies", "Wizard of Oz Deleted Scene: The One-Legged Slave", the music video parody of Nelly's "Hot in Herre" about pedophilic Catholic priests, and "Brain's Scented Farts".|
NOTE: This episode also mentions a banned sketch called "Schindler's Lost" that was originally supposed to air during the show's first season, but was pulled for being too offensive. The sketch can now be seen on most online video sites and on the season one DVD set of Mad TV.
|290||2||"Mad TV's All-Time Best TV Parodies"||Jeff Probst||September 22, 2007|
|Jeff Probst hosts a clip show of Mad TV's best TV show parodies, including parodies of Survivor, The Sopranos, House, and Grey's Anatomy.|
|291||3||"I Want My Mad TV"||Perez Hilton||September 29, 2007|
|Perez Hilton and Bobby Lee (as Johnny Gan from "Johnny Gan's Movie Reviews") hosts a clip show episode centered on Mad TV's best swipes at pop culture and celebrities. Sketches include: "Kenny Rogers' Jackass" and many sketches about Britney Spears and other pop singers.|
|292||4||"Mad TV's Most Wanted"||Susan Sarandon||October 6, 2007|
|Susan Sarandon and Michael McDonald host this clip show episode, highlighting Mad TV's most popular recurring characters, like Stuart Larkin (McDonald), Miss Swan (Borstein), and Lorraine Swanson (Collins).|
|293||5||"Episode 5"||Carlos Mencia||November 3, 2007|
|Britney Spears (Parker) comes to the new studio and gives the same lackluster trainwreck of a performance she did at the 2007 VMAs; on "24 with Bobby Lee", Lee and guest star Carlos Mencia try to stop a terrorist on an airplane who isn't a Muslim; 50 Cent (Peele) cries over being famous in his latest music video; a teen girl's (Myrin) new boyfriend is Master Chief (Peele) from the video game Halo; parody of To Catch a Predator has idiot Melvin Dufrane (Peele) admit to Chris Hansen (McDonald) that he's here for underage sex and, later, Master Chief gets busted; Arden Myrin goes on the red carpet for Family Guy's 100th episode celebration.|
|294||6||"Episode 6"||Joey Fatone||November 10, 2007|
|iPod commercial parody features Feist (Parker) singing about Apple constantly changing their iPods; Joey Fatone stars in a reality show about air guitar musicians becoming famous; parody of NBC's The Bionic Woman is rife with lesbian undertones; tabloid news show Hollywood Lip Service catches older, more mature and established actors exposing themselves; Jordan Peele, Bobby Lee, and Johnny Sanchez show racially stereotypical takes on a pancake commercial.|
|295||7||"Episode 7"||Mo Collins, Debra Wilson||November 17, 2007|
|Lorraine Swanson (Collins) visits Universal Studios; Whitney Houston (Wilson) performs "Pulling Through"; Gotcha! Action News (Peele, Parker); Rice and Beans: The Heartland Tour (Lee, Sanchez); parents (Parker, Peele, McDonald, Flanagan) concerned over news reports about kids getting high in bizarre, barely-legal ways decide to do it themselves so they'll have a frame of reference when they warn their own children against it.|
|296||8||"Episode 8"||Kathy Griffin, Jon Reep||November 24, 2007|
|Music video parody of Rihanna's "Umbrella" has Hillary Clinton (Parker) madly in love with Barack Obama (Key); new feature player Dan Oster reads a snippet of a romance novel he wrote himself; another installment of Johnny Sanchez and Bobby Lee's Rice And Beans: The Heartland Tour; Bon Qui Qui (Johnson) annoys her customers at King Burger.|
|297||9||"Episode 9"||Serena Williams||February 2, 2008|
|Parody of Avril Lavigne's music video "Girlfriend" has L'il Mama (Daheli Hall) teaming up with Lavigne (Arden Myrin) to give her street cred and save her from being sued for using Toni Basil's "Mickey" in her new song; Bobby Lee does motion capture for a fantasy video game; an unseen viewer switches between a Spanish variety show and news of a meteor on a collision course with Earth; Prison Break promo exposes the show's repetitive storyline; 24 parody where Jack Bauer (Oster) uses his brutal interrogation skills on an old man, an orangutan, and a little boy; parody of Criss Angel's Mindfreak has Flava Flav (Peele) ruining Criss Angel's (McDonald) tricks; a Native American drug addict (Key) runs for President in 2008.|
|298||10||"Episode 10"||TBA||February 7, 2008|
|Crista Flanagan and Bobby Lee train to be surfers; spoof of Disney's Hannah Montana has the teen singer invited to a drug-fueled after-party with Matthew McConaughey (Oster), P. Diddy (Peele), and Amy Winehouse (Parker); two friends (Key and Peele) get involved in an over-the-top knock-knock joke contest; a Chinese man (Lee) is hired to test American toys for traces of lead.|
|299||11||"Episode 11"||TBA||February 16, 2008|
|Parody of crime drama Women's Murder Club has the women gossiping during an investigation; Rice And Beans: The Heartland Tour; claymation sketch where unlikely actors try to do a romantic scene with a beautiful actress; a husband (Peele) thinks his wife (Flanagan) hired a teenage babysitter (Myrin) to come over for a threesome; a spoof of BBC news featuring a group of ugly British anchors; Bobby Lee's wilderness vacation goes awry; the Arrogant American (Oster) annoys others about his merger while in an elevator.|
|300||12||"Episode 12"||TBA||March 29, 2008|
|Juno sequel has quirky teen (Flanagan) harvesting organs; Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew features burnt-out D-list celebs and a bad performance of "Greased Lightning"; in a thinly-veiled parody of the Eliot Spitzer scandal, press conference reporters criticize a deposed governor's (McDonald) cuckolded wife (Flanagan) for being oblivious to his infidelity.|
|301||13||"Episode 13"||Kat Von D, Hugh Laurie, Chris Evans, Cedric the Entertainer||April 5, 2008|
|A parody of the E!'s Keeping Up with the Kardashians has Kardashian sisters posing and stepfather Bruce Jenner (McDonald) wondering what happened to his career; a parody of Snoop Dogg's video, "Sensual Seduction" focuses on tax time and what celebrities are going to buy with their tax returns; the violent, crime-filled Grand Theft Auto video games can now be enjoyed as a board game for the whole family; a complicated new game show on NBC is the product of the writers' strike and the dumbing down of America.|
|302||14||"Episode 14"||Neil Patrick Harris||April 19, 2008|
|Parody of Pussycat Dolls' reality show Search for a New Doll; a former Vietcong (Lee) appears in a political ad attacking John McCain; parody of will.i.am's (Peele) video "Yes, We Can" about Kim Jong-Il (Lee); the Mannequin Killer (McDonald) returns, with Neil Patrick Harris as a fellow mannequin trying to stop him; parody of The Moment of Truth with Connie Chung and Maury Povich; Melvin Dufrane (Peele) calls the cops about a missing bag of marijuana and a driver killing his friend, all the while confessing to crimes he committed; a fashion makeover show where the hosts (Parker, Peele) kidnap and torture a fashion victim (Oster); a fat woman (Flanagan) can't understand a simple diet plan; The Rude Jew (Michael McDonald) sells mattresses.|
|303||15||"Episode 15"||Dominic Monaghan||April 26, 2008|
|An American Idol parody from Eastern Europe called Albanian Idol; Bobby Lee and Dominic Monaghan star in a Lost parody; Jordan Peele records a YouTube video message in response to a Star Wars parody; Johnny Gan (Lee) and Pongo return to review superhero movies; T-Mobile commercial parody where Charles Barkley (Key) calls Dwyane Wade (Peele) about covering up a death; a FOX News anchor (Myrin) interviews Latino hoodlums on the 2008 Presidential election; a fantasy film movie trailer parody has a boy's trip to a magical forest world undercut with real-world panic over the son's disappearance and his father (McDonald) accused of murdering him; a commercial featuring abused dogs in a kennel is really a commercial for chain-link fences.|
|304||16||"Episode 16"||Dave Navarro||May 17, 2008|
|24 with Bobby Lee: Dave Navarro discovers that Bobby Lee has a boil he got from lying to a blind girl; new movie Spin Up deals with sign spinners preparing for a dance-off; Sesame Street parody shows the fun side to living on the brink of economic collapse; Coach Hines (Key) returns to teach his class the art of war while on a paintball course; spoof of the FreeCreditReport.com commercials has the singing spokesman (Oster) in jail and homeless after not paying off his credit cards.|
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