IMDb Rating: 6.9/10
MTV, celebrities, clay, death fight… enough said? Back from when MTV was actually producing quality shows, comes Celebrity Deathmatch! Like the name says, they made clay models of the most famous celebrities and put them to fight to “death” in a wrestling ring. Only one or none remain alive by the end! Very good show for when you have some rage to let out or you are just… hangover.
“The series was created by Eric Fogel, with the pilots airing on MTV on January 1 and 25 1998. The initial series ran from May 14, 1998 to October 20, 2002, and lasted for a 75-episode run. There was one special that did not contribute to the final episode total, entitled “Celebrity Deathmatch Hits Germany”, which aired on June 21, 2001. Professional wrestler Stone Cold Steve Austin gave voice to his animated form as the guest commentator. Early in 2003, a film based on the series was announced by MTV to be in the making, but the project was canceled by the end of that year.
For a brief period in 2001, episodes of Celebrity Deathmatch aired on broadcast network UPN, immediately following episodes of fellow stop motion series Gary & Mike.
In 2005, MTV2 announced the revival of the show as part of their “Sic ‘Em Friday” programming block. Originally set to return in November 2005, the premiere was pushed back to June 10, 2006 as part of a new “Sic’emation” block with two other animated shows, Where My Dogs At? and The Adventures of Chico and Guapo. The show’s fourth and fifth season was produced by Cuppa Coffee Studios and the premiere drew over 2.5 million viewers, becoming MTV2’s highest rated season premiere ever. It was canceled again in 2007.
In April 2015, MTV2 announced a reboot of the show. On November 3, 2016, Eric Fogel confirmed via Twitter that MTV had ceased production on the re-boot for unknown reasons.”