A Celebrity Deathmatch reboot could be on its way to MTV2, bringing back the ridiculous claymation fights that pitted famous people against one another. Some match-ups included Ozzy Osbourne against Elton John, and Marilyn Manson sabotaging a fight between two pop groups, and the new series could be right back to their original shenanigans.
The channel, which used to be about music (Music Television) and music videos, has evolved quite a bit in the past decades. Where we used to have Hootie and the Blowfish videos showing up five times a day, we now have general celebrity news and reality TV.
What the original Celebrity Deathmatch did was take famous celebrities and make them fight using claymation replicas and commentary by its fictional hosts Nick Diamond and Johnny Gomez. It unabashedly turned each brawl into a gore-fest, which made it past the censors, likely due to its use of clay instead of digitized blood.
Celebrity Deathmatch was a guilty pleasure you don’t need to feel the least bit sorry about enjoying. It was dumb and the jokes didn’t always hit, but all of those issues melted away when you saw Michael Jordan jam a basketball in Dennis Rodman’s mouth. Now the show is returning — maybe.
MTV2 is exploring revitalizing the series, at least for an episode. According to The Hollywood Reporter, a pilot order has been made which could see ultra-violent Claymation return to our screens later this year.
At this point you probably already know if this is something you’ll watch or not, but if you’re somehow on the fence, then take a look at Jim Carrey vs Mariah Carey and decide.