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'Mystery Science Theater 3000' set to return as online series

Joel Hodgson talks the return of 'MST3K'
Joel Hodgson talks the return of 'MST3K''Mystery Science Theatre 3000' to return as webseries

Fans of beloved geek cult classic series 'Mystery Science Theater 3000' (aka 'MST3K') are in for some exciting news. In a piece published on April 22, 2014 in Wired, series creator Joel Hodgson reflected on the show's legacy while also hinting at a possible return for the series.

But unlike it's 90's runs on Comedy Central and Syfy, this time around it will be a web series. Hodgson hopes to begin production this Spring, telling Wired: "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...in my mind, the show is built to be refreshed with new people and new ideas."

He'd hinted at the idea in my 2013 exclusive interview, but mentioned a roadblock with original series producer Jim Mallon. The Wired piece didn't provide any further info on their working relationship.

For the uninitiated, 'MST3K' was a show that aired from 1988-1999, which featured a fictional cast of characters (Hodgson and his robot sidekicks) trapped on a satellite in space. Each episode they were forced to suffer through terrible sci-fi and horror films. But they made legions of fans happy with their hilarious commentary while watching the films.

This concept in many ways remains timeless, thus perfectly capable of reaching a new generation. As Hodgson also noted; "Fortunately for us, as long as there are movies, there are always going to be cheesy movies."

This isn't the only 'MST3K' news that has come up in 2014. On April 1st, former regulars Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett provided snarky commentary for classic clips on National Geographic's Nat Geo channel. And on March 26, it was announced that reruns of the series would air on the Retro TV network starting in July.