Cue up your raggedy copy of Manos: The Hands of Fate, because Mystery Science Theater 3000 is back — on Netflix. The streaming service will air the revival of the comedy series that creator Joel Hodgson and label Shout Factory brought back to life via Kickstarter. The crowd-funding campaign raised $5.7 million (the highest-funded film and TV campaign in history) for 14 new episodes to air in the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand.
According to Netflix’s Twitter feed, the series will debut in “the not too distant future.” Joel McHale and Dan Harmon have joined the show as writers under previously announced head writer Elliott Kalan, along with Bill Corbett and Mary Jo Pehl from the original series. Hodgson will be involved with writing and production.
From AV Club:
Casting-wise, Bill Corbett will also be returning to the show to reprise his character of Brain Guy in a guest-starring role. Likewise, Corbett’s RiffTrax compatriot Kevin Murphy will appear as Professor Bobo, and, completing the late-season Mads trio, Mary Jo Pehl is set to guest star as Pearl Forrester. Hampton Yount and Baron Vaughn will take over in Corbett and Murphy’s roles as Crow T. Robot and Tom Servo, and Felicia Day will co-star as a new branch of the Forrester family tree, Kinga Forrester. Jonah Ray will take over as Jonah, the newest jumpsuit-clad schmuck to be held prisoner and forced to watch bad movies aboard the Satellite of Love.
Get a taste for classic MST3K, below.