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."
Last year it was announced that Kroll Show and Parks and Recreation writer Megan Amram landed a book deal for Science…For Her!, a lady-focused "faux-expert compendium of scientific knowledge." Amram posted an update on Tumblr today that the book will be officially released on November 1st, but it's available now for pre-order:
Science…For Her! is a science textbook written by a lady (me) for other ladies (you, the Spice Girls, etc.) It has been demonstrated repeatedly throughout history: female brains aren’t biologically constructed to understand scientific concepts, and tiny female hands aren’t constructed to turn most textbooks’ large, extra-heavy covers. I’ve written a fun, flirty, Cosmopolitan-like textbook that is tailored to you, ladies. And men, don’t be scared away! You’ll enjoy it too, especially if you’re dumb or gay!!
So ladies and men interested in satirical lady-centric science educational textbooks, you can now pre-order your copy on Amazon or Barnes and Noble.
Amazon has added another comedy pilot to its lineup. Deadline reports that Broken Lizard's Jay Chandrasekhar will write, direct, and star in the new single-cam comedy Really opposite Sarah Chalke. Rounding out the cast is Selma Blair, Luka Jones (Up All Night), Travis Schuldt (It's Always Sunny), Lindsay Sloane (Weeds, Kroll Show), Hayes Macarthur (Go On), and Collette Wolfe (Young Adult). Really follows a group of thirtysomething friends in Chicago led by Chandrasekhar as a "happily, messily married neurologist Jed" and Chalke as "lawyer/mom Lori." Really joins newly added Amazon comedies Mozart in the Jungle and Transparent as well as a recent series order for the Whit Stillman dramedy The Cosmopolitans.
Here's a new clip from this week's Billy on the Street, where Eichner's guest Amy Poehler dons a Pitbull mask only to reveal her true self to a bunch of New Yorkers, while Eichner is sure to also reveal himself as a recurring character on Parks and Rec.
NBC news anchor Brian Williams was a guest on The Tonight Show last night, and Fallon welcomed him back the only way he knows — by mashing up a bunch of his Nightly News clips into a full rap video of Snoop Dogg's "Gin and Juice."
Here's a Today Show clip where John Oliver — whose HBO show Last Week Tonight with John Oliverpremieres this Sunday — talks with Matt Lauer about the new show, what it's like seeing his face blown up on NYC billboards, and whether or not he'll drop his friendly British Daily Show persona for the new talk show.
Here's the season 2 premiere of Ilana Glazer's web series Chronic Gamer Girl, a 4:20 video released on 4/20 that makes the perfect combo of self-esteem-boosting and stoner-friendly viewing. The meanings of these images might seem too weird to make sense, but it's really a complicated subliminal message technique to get you to own your true sexiness.
Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair's new USA series Playing Housedoesn't premiere until April 29th, but you can get a head start on the show by watching the pilot episode over at USA's website. The series follows an expectant mother (Parham) in the middle of a divorce and her best friend (St. Clair), who gives up her career to help raise the baby. Supporting cast includes The Office's Zach Woods and Key and Peele's Keegan-Michael Key. Click here to watch the pilot.
Here's a very life-and-death-themed peek at the upcoming season of Louie, where C.K. is punched, gets some neck pain, loses his ability to walk, and is dismissed by his doctor for his unexciting ailments.
Pluto.tv, a new and free online television platform, is celebrating 4/20 by airing 24 hours filled with a bunch of stoner-friendly comedy and other entertaining eye candy on their Channel 420. The daylong block of programming starts right at midnight on 4/20 and includes episodes of High Maintenance,Getting Doug with High, and more. Click through for the full lineup per Pluto.tv's press release: READ MORE
In case the three previous and very mysterious promos weren't enough, here's a peek at the new season of Louie, where C.K. pays his doctor a visit to complain about back pain and gets a pretty basic diagnosis.
"I'm a student of sequels and I know what they did wrong when you see them. Usually what they try to do is make them glitzier and broader and all that stuff. Our approach is not going to be that. If anything, the mustaches will be a little bigger, it'll be a little tougher maybe, but we're just going to make a second one. We're not going to dye our hair blond and spike it up or anything. This is going to be just another cop story."
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