In 1999, funnyman Tom Green made his mainstream television debut when his public access comedy series The Tom Green Show was brought to MTV. The show had Green taking along a camera to film his various pranks on both his family members and the unsuspecting public, years before this kind of thing would be popularized by Jackass. In addition to these pranks and comedy sketches, Tom Green would interview celebrity guests from behind the desk, along with his pals Glenn Humplik and Phil Giroux. Fans who remember the series fondly will now be excited to know that Green has personally announced the upcoming resurrection of The Tom Green Show on his official Facebook account.
"The Tom Green Show is coming back. Can't wait for you to tune in. Gonna be on an amazing network and it is going to be soooo much fun. I am so happy that this show that started on public access TV in 1994, went to MTV in 1999, went to the web in 2005, and will be back on a mainstream TV channel once again in 2018! Stay tuned more info coming soon! When the show airs I am going to ask you for your support by tuning in and letting everyone you know about the show. Keep The Tom Green Show alive!"
When the series first premiered on MTV, it immediately proved to be a hit. Unfortunately, when Green was diagnosed with testicular cancer a year later, the comedian ended production on the series, although MTV continued to air reruns for some time. Green famously made light of the situation in a one-hour special of the show, which aired actual footage from the surgery he required. The episode was acclaimed for showing the serious side of Green, revealing his reaction to the cancer diagnosis and his method of using humor to deal with the situation.
MTV brought Green back to the network for The New Tom Green Show in 2003, presenting a bit of a more traditional format with a heavier focus on the interviews. The series ran for 51 episodes before MTV axed the show, citing falling ratings. Green then created his own talk show for the internet called Tom Green Live, which was broadcast on his official website in 2006. AXS TV aired three seasons worth of the series on television between 2013 and 2014, giving Green another return to the small screen. The show has evolved into Green's podcast Tom Green Radio, which continues to this day.
As noted by Green, this TV revival will be a resurrection of The Tom Green Show, rather than a new kind of series featuring the titular comedian. This means that we'll be seeing the first episodes of the show under its original name since the series ended production on MTV in 2000. It's not clear how the format of this return will be just yet, but hopefully it will allow Green more creative freedom than he had with the short-lived 2003 revival which converted the series into something more akin to The Late Show with David Letterman.
This is a good time for the return of the well-remembered series. Nostalgia is in right now, and those who watched the series back in 1999 may be excited to tune in for some new episodes by the end of the year. Hopefully, Green isn't pulling our leg on this one as some kind of major prank. More details will likely be forthcoming in the very near future. You can see the original post over on Facebook.