In December I told you that the Satellite of Love and Mystery Science Theater would be returning, thanks to a very successful Kickstarter campaign. At that point they didn’t exactly know where or when, but they did know it would be for six gloriously bad episodes.
At the SDCC2016 panel, series creator Joel Hodgson revealed that the show has finally found a home and will be airing on Netflix. They also have two new writers, Joel McHale and Dan Harmon who will be working with head writer Elliot Kalan.
— Netflix US (@netflix) July 24, 2016
We will also get a few of the original stars such as Bill Corbett (Brain Guy) and Mary Jo Pehl (Pearl Forrester,) who will briefly revive their roles, but will mostly be on board as part of the writing crew.
It doesn’t look like casting has changed since the original announcement. Kevin Murphy will appear as Professor Bobo, Hampton Yount and Baron Vaughn will take over roles as Crow T. Robot and Tom Servo, and Felicia Day will co-star as a newest member of the Forrester family, Kinga Forrester with Jonah Ray as the newest experiment trapped on the Satellite of Love and forced to watch bad movies.
Here is the Netflix Press release:
Anticipated Reboot of Fan Favorite Series Mystery Science Theater 3000 will be Available on Netflix in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UK and Ireland in the “Not-Too-Distant Future”
– The new season of Mystery Science Theater 3000 will be available exclusively on Netflix in the U.S., Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.
– Original creator Joel Hodgson will be joined by comedian Jonah Ray (“Jonah Heston”) as the new host and Felicia Day (Geek & Sundry) as “Kinga Forrester.” Joel McHale and Dan Harmon have attached as writers. Additionally, Mary Jo Pehl (“Pearl Forrester”), Bill Corbett (“Crow T. Robot”) and Kevin Murphy (“Tom Servo”) from the original cast will reprise their roles in the new series.
– Elliott Kalan, Emmy-winning former head writer of The Daily Show, will serve as the new head writer on the revival.
– A Kickstarter starter campaign, spearheaded by Hodgson and Shout! Factory, surpassed the goal of funding the production of 14 new episodes and set the world record as the highest-funded film and TV crowdfunding campaign in history.
– Mystery Science Theater 3000’s national broadcast life began in 1989. Set on the Satellite of Love where a human host is trapped by mad scientists with his two robot sidekicks and forced to watch an endless run of B movies. The format proved to be popular, and during its eleven years and 198 episodes on the Comedy Channel and Sci-Fi Channel, it attained a loyal fan base and critical acclaim, including a Peabody Award and two Emmys® nominations.
– The new season of Mystery Science Theater 3000 is executive produced by Joel Hodgson, Richard Foos, Bob Emmer, Garson Foos, Jonathan Stern, Harold Buchholz and Elliott Kalan, along with Satellite of Love, LLC, Alternaversal Productions and Abominable Pictures.