This means we'll be getting 14 brand new episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000 in 2016. I'm really looking forward to this, especially since one episode is going to feature a Christmas film. As you know, some of my favorite MST3K episodes feature Christmas (Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, Mitchell, Santa Claus and Jack Frost all being a lot of fun).
I know some folks are really disappointed that none of the original cast (including Joel) will be back in front of the camera. But the talent Joel has assembled is impressive. I'm really looking forward to what Felicia Day brings to the table as the mad scientist and Patton Oswald as her befuddled assistant. The Kickstarter videos featured the bots and their new voices Hampton Yount (Crow) and Baron Vaughn (Tom Servo). And I have to say they are doing a great job. Finally the new host will be Jonah Ray who has also appeared in the Kickstarter videos and has some very funny interactions with Joel and the bots.
Joel has announced potential guest stars, guest writers, and even some impressive behind the scenes folks for helping this series come back. He also has made it very clear that the door is open to any of the original cast or crew to come back for cameos or guest writing. Joel feels that some new blood in front of the camera is the best way to bring new audiences to the show. And the whole production will be guided by Joel. HIs creative oversight and obvious passion for the project convinced me that this iteration of MST3K has a real shot of working. I really don't think this show will stray much from the original spirit of the series with Joel watching over it. It may take a few episodes to get everything worked out (as is pretty obvious when you watch Season One or Season Eight of the original series), but I'm hoping that this all turns out giving us more hours of hilarious movie based entertainment.
I'll keep you posted as I find out more (donating got me on the info club mailing list), but in the meantime... WE HAVE MOVIE SIGN!!!!!