1990’s MTV fans rejoice: the comedy series pitting celebrities against each other in a fight to the death is headed back to television.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, MTV2 is set to revive “Celebrity Deathmatch,” ordering a new pilot for the series along with other orders for a topical series and a new docuseries. The report for the possible return of “Celebrity Deathmatch” should definitely prove to be positive news for anyone who remembers watching the original incarnation of the show on MTV’s “Ten Spot” lineup, where some of the day’s biggest stars stepped in between the ropes of a wrestling ring and brutally — and comedically — duked it out.
The original incarnation ran for five seasons, totaling 75 episodes from 1998-2002. It was revived for a final, sixth season which aired in 2006-2007, also by MTV2. Original series creator Eric Fogel is at the forefront of the latest revival, joined by executive producers Chris McCarthy and Paul Ricci. The show seems like it has the ability to grasp a new form of relevance given the explosion of social media in the intervening years since it last went on the air, with plenty of new comedic fodder for this generation to enjoy just as much as people did when the show first hit MTV in the late 90’s. Who could forget the triple threat match between Ice Cube, Ice T, and Vanilla Ice?
Although we were able to witness pop stars like Michael Jackson and Madonna duke it out in the first incarnation of the show, it doesn’t take a whole lot of imagination to see the likes of Justin Bieber or Lady Gaga being fair game to step between the ropes of the show’s ring.
While no release information is yet available, it could be awhile before the new version of the show is first broadcast, due to the time-consuming nature of claymation production. Still, expect to see “Celebrity Deathmatch” return to MTV2 in the future. For more on this as it becomes available, keep an eye on GeekNation!
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