Mystery Science Theater 3000 is Back From the Dead

Another sad prop comic returns from the 1980s and hurls chum into the fan:

We’ve got movie sign, MSTies: Joel Hodgson, a.k.a. “Joel,” has officially launched a Kickstarter campaign to bring back Mystery Science Theater 3000 after 16 years. (It was canceled in 1999.) The campaign quietly appeared on the MST3K official website earlier this morning, confirming suspicions raised by vague promises of “big news coming soon” on the Rifftrax and MST3K social-media channels. The campaign has the rather lofty goal of $2 million, which Hodgson says will enable him to make three full-length episodes of MST3K to shop around to TV networks and streaming platforms. With three additional episodes per $1.1 million raised over the original goal, that’s $5.5 million for a full 12-episode season. But if Zach Braff can do it, so can Joel and the bots.

Speaking about the campaign to EW, Hodgson says he hopes the campaign will not only raise the needed funds to produce new episodes of the show, but to serve as a sort of MST3K Signal to lure the old gang back onto the Satellite Of Love. But they won’t be on screen: Hodgson also wants to cast a new host and new mad-scientist adversary for the new season, as well new voices for Crow and Tom Servo. “Mystery Science Theater has already refreshed itself once with a completely new cast, so I think it deserves to do that again,” Hodgson says. “The original cast is going to be invited back to write, produce, and do cameos as their mad science characters, and then there’s a new cast with new talent.”

It depends a great deal on where they'll shoot the show and host it; the original show was created and staged in warehouse space southwest of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and the Kickstarter indicated that it will be done in Los Angeles. Someone is going to have to move a lot of props from one place to another to make this happen because there's no way they're going to be able to do this without borrowing heavily from the visual feel of the original show.

A let-it-rip version, suitable for pay cable or FX, would be preferable to a return to Comedy Central, which destroyed the show when it was very, very popular because the network didn't want to program itself in two hour blocks (IIRC).

Anyway, yeah--who wouldn't watch this?

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