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What, me canceled? 'Mad TV' to call it quits on Fox

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You are now watching "Mad TV" - but not much longer, at least not on Fox.

Fox will announce Thursday that the Saturday night fixture will wrap up its 14-year run in the spring.

But it may not be the end: Variety reports that producers are trying to find another home for the sketch-comedy warhorse. "We've had a number of networks inquire as to whether the show was coming off Fox and saying that they'd be interested," executive producer David Salzman told the trade paper. "We have not started to talk to them yet, but now is the time to begin those conversations."

"Mad TV" debuted in 1995 with the goal of translating the satirical sensibility of Mad magazine to TV. While never as influential as its partial time-slot rival "Saturday Night Live," the Fox show had some modest starmaking success, introducing America to such talents as Nicole Sullivan (of Lifetime's "Rita Rocks"), Orlando Jones (later seen on the big screen in "Double Take" and "Drumline"), Artie Lange (now on Howard Stern's radio show) and impressionist Frank Caliendo (who went on to his own series on TBS).

"Mad" also gave national exposure to many Chicago-trained improv talents, including Stephnie Weir, Ike Barinholtz and Jordan Peele. The current cast includes former locals Nicole Parker, Arden Myrin, Keegan-Michael Key and Matt Braunger.

The early word on cancellation, Salzman said, will allow for "a proper sendoff, a chance to promote the finale and bring back old cast members."

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