Mystery Science Theater 3000 fans, rejoice! The American television comedy will most likely return with a new cast and star cameos, according to Fox News.
The Kickstarter campaign, which was launched by show creator and star of Mystery Science Theater 3000 Joel Hodgson, has raised $5,764,229, breaking the Kickstarter fundraising record set by the Veronica Mars movie.
The money raised via Kickstarter, combined with another $425,000 raised outside of the fundraising platform, is sufficient for the creators of Mystery Science Theater 3000 to make 14 new episodes.
Hodgson shared via Twitter that he was “thrilled and exhausted” about the news.
Mystery Science Theater 3000 ended in 1999, yet still managed to keep its fans excited about the possibility of one day seeing new episodes. Now, more than 48,300 people have pledged their support and raised money for new episodes.
There has already been news about the continuation of Mystery Science Theater 3000, according to Den of Geek.
Jonah Ray, who is a popular Nerdist podcaster, is set to play Jonah Heston in the new 14 episodes. Hampton Yount and Baron Vaughn are also set to appear in Mystery Science Theater 3000 as new voices of Crow T. Robot and Tom Servo.
Felicia Day, the star of CW’s Supernatural, is set to play Kinga Forrester, the daughter of currently departed scientist Dr. Clayton Forrester. Comedian Patton Oswalt also signed on to take part in the continuation of Mystery Science Theater 3000.
According to Den of Geek, Mike Nelson, J. Elvis Weinstein, Trace Beaulieu, and Mary Jo Pehl will not be coming back for the continuation of the series. There is still the possibility that the above-mentioned Mystery Science Theater 3000 stars might change their minds, since some of them have been pretty passionate about the project on their Twitter accounts.
Moreover, Mark Hamill and Jerry Seinfeld are set to appear in Mystery Science Theater 3000 as guest stars. Despite all the rumors, the project is considered to be a continuation of the series and not a reboot.
Neil Patrick Harris, Bill Hader, Jack Black and Joel McHale have expressed their interest in appearing in Mystery Science Theater 3000 as well, according to CNET.
It was also noted that the list of potential cameos won’t include any woman in the lineup, but Hodgson promised to invite some “funny females” to take part in the continuation of Mystery Science Theater 3000, as well.
Hodgson said he didn’t care about breaking the record of Veronica Mars. Instead, the creator of Mystery Science Theater 3000 is focused on revising the series for dedicated fans.
It goes without saying that fans of the hashtag #BringBackMST3K were delighted to hear the news about the fundraising success of Mystery Science Theater 3000.
According to CNET, the creator of Mystery Science Theater 3000 also announced via Kickstarter that Felicia Day, who will be playing Kinga Forrester, has a “secret power.”
“Felicia’s secret power might be that she is fine being an outsider. I also just think she can pull off being likable, intimidating and ‘crazy’ all at the same time: a total wild card! As the next Mad, she’s gonna need all that and more. I can’t wait for you to meet Kinga.”
Day then shared, via her Facebook page, that she had watched Mystery Science Theater 3000 with her brother religiously when growing up.
“The reason Joel thought of me for this was because I was in Salt Lake City at the con and I went up to get a picture with him because I wanted to rub it in my brother Ryon’s face. So thanks Ryon! You got me my dream job! Please help [make] all the episodes happen so I can rub it in his face a lot!”
The final Kickstarter update was posted on January 1, and promises that as soon as the holidays are over, preparations will truly begin.
“Work on the next season of MST3K starts this Monday, January 4, at 10:00 AM!”
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