The Mystery Science Theater 3000 revival Kickstarter has successfully funded the first three episodes, raising more than $2 million in one week. That’s the power of MST3K, dudes.
Joel Hodsgon and Shout Factory are spearheading the project, with Hodgson the only member of the original casts involved so far. It’s a bummer that Mike J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy, Bill Corbett, Trace Beaulieu, Frank Conniff, and Mary Jo Pehl are currently not involved, but they may be getting invited back in some capacity if things turn out for the best.
The new MST3K needs new blood, and Joel Hodgson officially announced that Nerdist’s Jonah Ray is the new host for the show. In addition, there are rumors circulating that the new mad scientist for MST3K will be Felicia Day.
In fact, the entire cast may have been revealed already.
I first spotted the Felicia Day rumor in an AV Club comment thread. A little Google-Fu and Twitter-Fu uncovered a recent piece in the print version of Entertainment Weekly that may have revealed the entire cast, including the new voices of Crow T. Robot and Tom Servo. As long as nothing’s changed since Kyle Anderson’s article, the new voice for Crow is Hampton Yount, the new voice for Tom Servo is Baron Vaughn, and Day is in talks to be the new Mad. (Also, hi, Kyle.)
Joel mentioned on his Reddit AMA last week that the Kickstarter launched a little sooner than expected, which may explain why certain information is out there before an official announcement can be made.
Expect more official announcements about MST3K from the official Kickstarter page.
Any opinions on the likely new cast?[via AV Club]