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. (more…)
With 12 days left on the Mystery Science Theater 3000 Kickstarter campaign, a new cast member has been revealed! Consumate character actor Patton Oswalt has been announced as the next evil henchman, TV’s Son of TV’s Frank. For those who are not avid fans of the B movie-riffing television show that ran from 1988 until its cancellation in 1999, TV’s Frank was the henchman to Mad Scientist Dr. Clayton Forrester. It seems family ties are strong in this reboot/continuation, since it has already been announced that Felicia Day is to play Dr. Forrester’s daughter, Kinga Forrester. (more…)
Ever since original Mystery Science Theater 3000 co-creator Joel Hodgson announced his Kickstarter campaign to create new episodes of the seminal geeky-late-night, movie-riffing television series, fans everywhere have been giddy with excitement. The Kickstarter has already made enough to do a few episodes, with hopefully more to be unlocked as the campaign’s monetary total grows. In a recent update, Hodgson announced that Felicia Day has been hand-picked to play the new Mad Scientist “token bad guy” in the MST3K reboot.
Thanks to a combination of initiative by original host Joel Hodgson, the wonderful world wide web, and generous contributions from viewers like you, we could soon be seeing brand new episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000! The Kickstarter goal is pretty steep, with $2,000,000 for three feature-length episodes and over $5,000,000 for a full twelve episode season, but with how fast these numbers have been climbing, the possibility doesn’t seem too out of reach! For those of you that are unfamilliar with MST3K, here’s a little background info. The show is a cult classic, originally airing in the late 1980’s on Minnesota public access before getting picked up by Comedy Central and Syfy. This show tore into B-movies with a masterful mix of obscure pop culture references and just the right amount of snarky comments. (more…)
This time on The BastardCast: In Conversation, Jeremy and Jason are joined by writer and performer Bill Corbett famously from RiffTrax and Mystery Science Theater 3000. Bill regails the guys with tails of riffing and adventure (adventure being the upcoming RiffTrax Live event, details here.) (more…)
Way back in the days before Netflix and free internet streams, Comedy Central would hold a marathon on Thanksgiving Day of episode after episode, bad movie after bad movie, of Mystery Science Theater 3000. It made for a glorious afternoon. Then they committed sacrilege in 1997 when they canceled the annual holiday event, but this year MST3K creator, Joel Hodgson is bringing it back. (more…)