A Possible Online ‘MST3K’ Reboot Is in the Works
Wired has compiled a complete oral history of Mystery Science Theater 3000 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the show’s original Comedy Central debut, enlisting its writers, performers, and network producers to track its run from scrappy 1988 movie commentary show to fully-fledged community with a long and loyal TV and online fanbase. At the end of the article, show creator Joel Hodgson teased a possible online reboot of the show — which has spawned the online audio-only spin-off RiffTrax as well as live show Cinematic Titanic — that will include a brand new and yet-to-be-revealed host with cameos from MST3K alumni:
“I’ve talked to a bunch of fans about their lives and what MST3K means to them. I’m overwhelmed by how people took to that show. It really affected them. I thought, if enough people still love it, maybe we can bring it back.
Even avid viewers sometimes don’t realize that every major role in the show had been swapped out over time. So in my mind, the show is built to be refreshed with new people and new ideas. It’s like Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle as it applies to MST3K: If it doesn’t change, it’s not the same show. And fortunately for us, as long as there are movies, there are always going to be cheesy movies.”