If you’re completely unaware of what Mystery Science Theater 3000 is, well, shame on you. The show was created by Joel Hodgson in 1988, premiering on local Minneapolis UHF station, WUCW (then known as KTMA). MST3K’s entire focus was showing low budget, B-grade films in their entirety while three characters (Joel and two robots known as Tom Servo and Crow) mocked the movies relentlessly, their silhouettes taking up the bottom fourth of the screen. It wasn’t until the show moved to Comedy Central, however, that it became a cult success, running for six seasons until 1997. After that it went onto SyFy (well, The Sci-Fi Channel back then), running for three more seasons until 1999. After that second cancellation, he powers-that-be in the show’s creative went on with their lives, many of them moving on to form RiffTrax. Then, in 2015, creator Joel Hodgson started a Kickstarter campaign to revive the show a third time. Needless to say, it was extremely successful. Now, finally, we’re finally getting more details of the revival at Comic-con.
Shout! Factory has picked up the rights to the series, and is going to have it stream exclusively on Netflix in the U.S., Ireland, Canada, U.K. New Zealand, and Australia. This was announced by Netflix themselves on their press release site, followed by a tweet that simply stated: “In the not too distant future.” This, of course, is a sharp reference to the original theme song (known as Love Theme from MST3K, that title in itself a biting reference to film soundtrack naming clichés).
— Netflix US (@netflix) July 24, 2016
The show will start Jonah Ray (current co-host of the Nerdist podcast) as “Jonah” the third, new host; his job, of course, will be to watch the films as part of an experiment. Tom Servo and Crow will return, albeit with new voice actors Hampton Yount and Baron Vaughn. Original cast members Mary Jo Pehl, Bill Corbett, and Kevin Murphy will come back in cameos as former characters. New characters will include Patton Oswalt as the Son of TV’s Frank, and Felicia Day as Kinga Forrester, daughter of Dr. Clayton Forrester. Head writing will be handled Elliot Kalan (Emmy award winner, formerly of The Daily Show); he will be joined by Dan Harmon (Community, Rick & Morty) and Joel McHale (Community, The Soup). There’s also going to be some guest writing by Justin Roiland (Rick & Morty). Creator Joel Hodgson will stay on as executive producer, overseeing all of production.
— #MST3K (@MST3K) July 24, 2016
Mystery Science Theater 3000 won a Peabody Award in 1993, was nominated for two Emmys, and nominated for a Cable ACE Award. It was among Time‘s 100 Best TV Shows of All Time list in 2007. The show is set to return sometime later this year or early next year.