The San Diego Comic Con is a gold mine of new trailers, cast interviews and news about fan-favorite TV shows and movies. On Saturday Netflix used the platform to announce the return of ‘Mystery Science Theater 3000’ in the “not-too-distant future”.
This following December’s record setting Kickstarter campaign started by the show’s creator Joel Hodgson to produce new episodes. The initial goal of the campaign, spearheaded by Hodgson and Shout! Factory, was to raise $2,000,000 to produce up to 3 new episodes but quickly surpassed that goal and brought in over $5.7 million, allowing for the production of 14 new episodes. The over 48,000 contributors helped make this project set the world record as the highest-funded film and TV crowdfunding campaign in history.
Mystery Science Theater 3000 Returns With New and Familiar Faces
Joel Hodgson will be overseeing all aspects of the reboot and will be joined by comedian Jonah Ray (“Jonah Heston”) as the new host and Felicia Day (Geek & Sundry) as “Kinga Forrester.” Additionally, Mary Jo Pehl (“Pearl Forrester”), Bill Corbett (“Crow T. Robot”) and Kevin Murphy (“Tom Servo”) from the original cast will reprise their roles in the new series.
Joel McHale and Dan Harmon (from NBC’s ‘Community’) will join Emmy-winning former head writer of The Daily Show, Elliott Kalan, as writers of the revival episodes.
Mystery Science Theater 3000’s national broadcast life began in 1989. Set on the Satellite of Love where a human host is trapped by mad scientists with his two robot sidekicks and forced to watch an endless run of B movies. The format proved to be popular, and during its eleven years and 198 episodes on the Comedy Channel and Sci-Fi Channel, it attained a loyal fan base and critical acclaim, including a Peabody Award and two Emmys nominations.