After the one of the most successful fundraising campaigns in Kickstarter history, an insane live telethon, and a reunion hosted by Rifftrax, Mystery Science Theater 3000 made a triumphant announcement: the show will be coming to Netflix! The streaming service announced the news via their Twitter account.
We’ll update the news as it comes in!
There will also be even more new additions to the cast, and some welcome returns! The Wall Street Journal reports:
Community star Joel McHale and creator Dan Harmon had joined the “MST3K” writing staff. Former writers and cast members Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy, who played the puppet ‘bots Crow T. Robot and Tom Servo, are returning. And Mary Jo Pehl will also reprise her role as mad scientist Pearl Forrester.
The addition of McHale is especially exciting to me, since he’s a lifelong MSTie and has talked about his love for the show for years.
Felicia Day promises to “terrorize the hell outta Jonah Ray”, which is promising, and the writers, working with the former head writer of The Daily Show, Elliott Kalan, are currently working on new scripts, with a goal to debut the new show either later this year or early in 2017.
Which, yes, counts as the not-too-distant-future.
What’s even better is that, according to the AV Club, Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy are specifically coming back to reprise Brain Guy and Professor Bobo, respectively, with Mary Jo Pehl’s Pearl Forrester providing some grandmotherly love to Felicia Day’s Kinga Forrester. They’ll be joining new host Jonah Ray, who showed off formidable movie-riffing skill at the MST3K reunion last month, and comedians Hampton Yount and Baron Vaughn as Crow T. Robot (who will presumably say “I’m even more different!” during the opening credits now) and Tom Servo.
Nerdist shared this adorable shot of the new cast together:
And the MST3K account tweeted this concept art that Joel is showing at the panel:
Hmmm… space snowmobile? Your guess is as good as ours.