Netflix is reviving yet another cult favorite. New episodes of”Mystery Science Theater 3000,” in which a captive man and his robot friends offer live commentary on amusingly bad B movies, will head to the streaming service in the “not too distant future,” according to the Hollywood Reporter. Patton Oswalt is attached to star as Son of TV’s Frank.
The news follows a Kickstarter campaign from series creator Joel Hodgson last year that raised nearly $6 million to film a 14-episode new season; no other film or television project has ever raised more via a crowdfunding campaign. Kevin Murphy (Tom Servo), Bill Corbett (Crow T. Robot) and Mary Jo Pehl (Pearl Forrester) are all set to reprise their original roles. Joining them and Oswalt will be Felicia Day as Kinga Forrester, a mad scientist and daughter of Dr. Clayton Forrester, one of the original series’ villains; Baron Vaughn and Hampton Yount as the voices of two new robots alongside Tom Servo and Crow; and Jonah Ray of Nerdist as the new host. Dan Harmon and Joel McHale of “Community” will be among the new writers for the revival.
“MST3K” first premiered in 1988 and aired on the Comedy Channel (later Comedy Central) for six seasons before being canceled and picked up by the Sci-Fi Channel (now SyFy). In total, it ran for 197 episodes over 10 seasons; “Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie” was released in 1996. The revival doesn’t have a set release date.