November 12, 2012 9:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
MTV2 Reviving Nick Cannon's 'Wild 'n Out' (Exclusive)
MTV2 is going into business with Nick Cannon.
The cable network is reviving Wild 'n Out with Cannon returning to host the improv comedy sketch series, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.
Created by Cannon, Wild first ran on MTV from 2005-07 and starred the comedian/actor/rapper leading one of two teams of hot up-and-coming comics and celebrity guests going head-to-head in a series of improv battles. During its four-season run, the series became one of the network's highest-rated shows in history and featured guests that included Tyra Banks, Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, Lil' Wayne, Serena Williams and more.
"I get asked everyday when Wild 'N Out will be back," Cannon said. "I'm thrilled to announce that the show will be making its long-awaited return very soon -- bigger and better. With our show's original cast, everyone from Kevin Hart to Katt Williams, Affion Crockett and Taran Killam becoming household names, I am looking forward to working with MTV2 as we work to introduce the biggest comedic stars of tomorrow with the return of Wild 'N Out."
Produce by Cannon's NCredible Entertainment, the series will premiere next year a few returning faces joined by a roster of fresh talents with casting and audition information available through NCredible.com.
"Building on our long-standing relationship with Nick Cannon, we are ecstatic to welcome his creative genius back to the MTV family," MTV2 senior vp programming and production Paul Ricci said. "The remixed Wild 'N Out will deliver a high-energy, clever and hilarious addition to MTV2's original programming lineup."
The series brings Cannon back to MTV2 following his appearance on Hip Hop Squares and comes after the new father of two wrapped his fifth season as host of NBC's America's Got Talent.
Cannon, repped by ICM Partners, Michael Goldman and Del Shaw, also has live-action sketch comedy series Incredible Crew due in January on Cartoon Network. NCredible Entertainment, founded in 2009 by Cannon, produces MTV's docuseries Son of a Gun as well as TeenNick's annual Halo Awards.