In what can best be described as a "good news/bad news" proposition, Netflix has renewed bad-movie-roasting comedy series Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return for a new season. That's great news for MST3K fans, who are set to be treated to a twelfth season of the series in the "not-too-distant future.
For Jonah Ray's Jonah Heston, Tom Servo (voice of Baron Vaughn), Crow T. Robot (voice of Hampton Yount) and Gypsy (voice of Rebecca Hanson), this means another season trapped on the Satellite of Love, enduring some of the worst films to ever crawl out of Hollywood's cinematic dumpsters. If that wasn't bad enough, it's being orchestrated under the cruel, sadistic watch of Felicia Day's Kinga Forrester and Patton Oswalt's Max ("TV's Son of TV's Frank").
The renewal announcement came at the end of MST3K's annual Thanksgiving marathon, which streamed on Shout! Factory TV, the Shout! Factory TV Twitch Channel, the Pluto TV MST3K channel and Shout! Factory's official YouTube channel. You can watch series creator Joel Hodgson, Ray, and Day's reaction to the news here:
MST3K has had a very interesting run over the past 11 seasons, almost standing as a one-show representation of the changes that have taken place in television. Prior to the show being revived this year by streaming service Netflix, MST3K began as a local program on a Minneapolis UHF station in 1988 before being picked up by Comedy Central and then Syfy (then known as The Sci-Fi Channel); running for 10 seasons and 197 episodes before the Satellite of Love was packed away into mothballs.
The show's eleventh season was financed through a Kickstarter campaign launched by Hodgson and Shout! Factory in November 2015, raising a record-breaking $6.3 million. Funding from the initiative allowed the show's team to produce a 14-episode eleventh season and a Christmas special.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return is produced by Satellite of Love, LLC, Alternaversal Productions, LLC and Undiscovered North American Ape Pictures. Elliott Kalan, Richard Foos, Bob Emmer, Garson Foos, Jonathan Stern, and Harold Buchholz serve as executive producers alongside Hodgson.