More than 16 years after it went off the air, "Mystery Science Theater 3000" is poised for a return to the Satellite of Love -- and to television.
Creator Joel Hodgson this morning quietly launched a $2 million Kickstarter campaign to fund a 12-episode new, completely rebooted season of the cult comedy. “The crowdfunding is kind of this big gathering, and not only is it gathering the audience but it’s also gathering together the people who want to get involved,” he tells EW.com.
That includes previous writers and cast members, as well as a potential new host, a mad scientist and voices for wise-cracking robots Tom Servo and Crow. “Basically, I’m trying to blend the old with the new,” Hodgson says. “'Mystery Science Theater' has already refreshed itself once with a completely new cast, so I think it deserves to do that again. 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.”
Since its launch this morning, the Kickstarter campaign has already raised more than $117,000.