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No Joke Here! Mystery Science Theater 3000 Could Return

Get the popcorn ready

Shelli Weinstein

Yet another beloved series could be revived in the near future. Cult favorite Mystery Science Theater 3000 has been acquired by Shout! Factory, Variety reports.

The news comes on the same day that Joel Hodgson, creator and writer of the original series, launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a new season. Hodgson says that the initial goal is to create three new episodes, but hopefully generate enough support for a 12-episode season.

If you've never seen an episode of the show, Mystery Science Theater 3000 follows a host as he makes fun of B-movies with a crew of robots while trapped on a space station. The show also features skits and song segments.

"Mystery Science Theater 3000 is a true cult-classic comedy series that continues to attract fans till this day," said Shout! Factory founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos. "We see that there's still tremendous untapped potential for the MST3K brand. We're looking forward to the next phase of MST3K with Joel."

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"I am thrilled to team with Shout! Factory, one of MST3K's greatest supporters, to once again pick up the creative mantle," added Hodgson. "It's been a long time coming and I feel ready for the show's reboot and hopefully lots of new iterations in different media. I'm also looking forward to working with both creative pros and the loyal fan base who have been inspired by our humble show over the years...Actually, I'm not sure if there really is such a thing as a humble show, let me check on that."

Mystery Science Theater 3000 aired as a public access show on Minneapolis' KTMA-TV for its first season before moving to the Comedy Channel (now known as Comedy Central) where it ran for seven seasons. The show's final three seasons aired on the Sci-Fi Channel (now Syfy).

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