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'Mystery Science Theater 3000' Launches Kickstarter To Make New Episodes

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After 15 years of having to make our own jokes during terrible movies, Mystery Science Theater 3000 is coming back.

MST3K, the show where a captured man lost in space and his robot pals mock horrible movies aboard the Satellite of Love, may return next year, Entertainment Weekly reports. Creator Joel Hodgson has launched a Kickstarter called "Bring Back MST3K." The crowdfunding effort has currently surpassed $500,000 of its $2 million goal. This will, according to Hodgson, result in three new feature-length episodes. It will apparently cost $5.5 million to make a full season of 12.

"If we get the fans to get the show up and running again, it'll prove there's a real audience and then I bet it will be a lot easier to get those open-minded executives to support the show so we can send MST3K out into the wild," Hodgson says in the Kickstarter video. This could mean the show returning to cable or going to an online streaming platform like Hulu or Netflix.

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MST3K began on KTMA in Minneapolis in 1988 and later moved to Comedy Central (then called The Comedy Channel). It was cancelled by Comedy Central in 1997 after six seasons, then aired for three seasons on the The Sci-Fi Channel (now called Syfy). The show was about Joel Robinson (played by Hodgson), a janitor at the Gizmonic Institute who was launched into space by a pair of mad scientists. Here, he was forced to watch horrible movies as the scientists attempted to figure out what was so terrible that would drive a person mad, which they intended to use in their scheme to conquer the world. In order to not suffer these torments alone, Joel built himself four robot pals. Two of them, Tom Servo and Crow T. Robot, watch the films with him. It's the jokes that keep them sane. Hodgson would eventually be replaced by Michael J. Nelson.

If you can't wait to riff on bad movies, you can check out Horrible Movie Night at Meltdown Comics. One Saturday a month, they play a terrible movie and allow the audience to shout out their bests jokes. Those deemed the funniest will win a prize. This Saturday, they'll be mocking Icebreaker, a 2000 film starring Sean Astin as a ski patrolman who must save a ski resort from terrorists—led by Bruce Campbell—who have stolen a nuclear weapon.