Following a successful crowdfunding campaign, Mystery Science Theater 3000 is back.
None other than Netflix will air new episodes in the “not too distant future,” with series creator Joel Hodgson involved in writing and all facets of production of the revival, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Original cast members Mary Jo Pehl (Pearl Forrester), Bill Corbett (Crow T. Robot), and Kevin Murphy (Professor Bobo) will also return.
Several new names have been added to the fold, including Felicia Day, who has been cast as mad scientist Kinga Forrester, daughter of one of the show’s original villains, Dr. Clayton Forrester, and Patton Oswalt, who will portray Son of TV’s Frank. Comedians Hampton Yount and Baron Vaughn will voice the show’s robot sidekicks, and Jonah Ray (of the Nerdist podcast) will serve as the lead host.
Speaking of the Nerdist podcast, Joel McHale joins Community showrunner Dan Harmon and Daily Show lead scribe Elliott Kalan as members of the show’s writing staff.
For non-MSTies out there, the premise of the show is simple (sort of). A mad scientist launches a janitor into space and forces him to watch B-movies in an attempt to find the most maddening film to use in his quest for world domination. To help cope with the situation, the janitor built sentient robots with whom he mocked the movies he’s made to watch. The jokes became known as “riffing,” and a new genre of comedy was born.