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You did it: you brought back MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000! Thanks to you, MST3K shot FOURTEEN NEW EPISODES this year, including a new holiday special, and will return in 2017 on Netflix!
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Meet The Next Mad, Crow & Servo of MST3K. Plus, a 72-HOUR CHALLENGE!

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Hello Again, MST3K Revival Leaguers!

I know – it's been a few days since the last update. Things just keep getting busier around here! 

I've been hard at work preparing the dishes for this year's MST3K TURKEY DAY MARATHON, so I hope you're planning to save some room on Thursday to join us for an extra-large helping of cheesy movies.

Anyway, we've now got just 18 days left in our Kickstarter, and there's a lot to talk about... So let's get right into this morning's update, huh?

  • NEW CHALLENGES: Just 72 HOURS to reach $2.75M before Turkey Day '15.
  • NEW BONUS REWARD: More classic episodes free if we get there, plus… 
  • MAJOR BONUS REWARD, if we reach $3.3M before the end of Turkey Day '15!
  • PLUS, BIG NEWS: Joel's pick for MST3K's next Mad, Crow and Servo!

Turns out, there's a lot of math involved in running a Kickstarter campaign. In case you haven't been obsessing over the numbers as much as I have, here's an important one:

This Thursday isn't just Turkey Day 2015, or MST3K's 27th birthday… it's also exactly halfway through our Kickstarter. 

To make sure we can reach all four of our goals by December 11, I want to make sure we don't fall behind. So, since last week's "24 Hour Challenge" worked so well that you MSTies reached it in just 12 hours, today I've got a new challenge for you:

If we reach $2.75M before the MST3K Turkey Day '15 Marathon begins, we'll add another bonus reward – free downloads of three MORE classic episodes – for all pledges at $35 and up!

How's that for a little Turkey Day deal? If we can raise half the money we need for our full season by the halfway mark of our Kickstarter – 12pm EST on Thursday – we'll add another $30 worth of free classic episodes to the $35+ reward levels. That means the $35 package will now include $60 worth of free episodes!

Pretty cool, huh?

So if you're still at a lower level, or haven't gotten around to pledging yet, TODAY is a great time to INCREASE YOUR PLEDGE to $35 or higher. And remember: no matter when you pledge, you still won't be charged anything until our Kickstarter ends on December 11.

Then, if we can reach $3.3M – our second goal – before the Turkey Day '15 Marathon ends, we've got a much bigger bonus reward for you… and it's something that a lot of you have been asking for!

I don't want to get ahead of myself, so I'll tell you about that challenge in another update this week. Hardcore MSTies, I'll just give you a little hint: if you help us make the newest episodes of MST3K, you might just get to see the oldest episodes of MST3K.

And to help you beat those two challenges, we'll also be releasing some NEW REWARD PACKAGES tomorrow morning, and opening up more chances to get some of the rewards that are already sold out. So, be sure to check back tomorrow!

Last Monday, I introduced you to Jonah Ray, who I'm hoping will be the next host of MST3K, and a lot of you seemed pretty happy about it. And, since I'm terrible at keeping secrets, I thought maybe today I'd go ahead and confirm a few more casting rumors I've seen out there.

Oh look, everyone! It's another video!

Now remember, it's like I said in the video: we can't sign final, official agreements with anyone until the Kickstarter ends and we know how many episodes we'll be making… but you know, things are looking pretty good. Anyway, as you saw in the video, this time I've got three future MST3K cast members to introduce!

Let's do these one at a time, huh?

First, I'm hoping that Felicia Day will join us as "Kinga Forrester," MST3K's next Mad… and Dr. Clayton Forrester's daughter!

Since Felicia is kind of "nerd royalty," a lot of you might already know her: she was in Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, she created a killer web series called The Guild, and launched the YouTube channel Geek & Sundry.

Actually, you know, I'll come back to Felicia in a minute. First, I want to tell you a little bit about Kinga Forrester, who is also new to MST3K.

When I started imagining the next season of MST3K, I knew we'd need the next Mad to be someone worthy of the Mad title and someone who could live up to the great work of Trace, Josh, Frank and Mary Jo. But I also thought we needed a new "flavor" – something that would lead to new situations. So, right away, I knew that I wanted the next Mad to be someone who could be both comedic and threatening... and if possible, both at the same time!

I also knew, from the start, that the next Mad should be a woman.

Part of that inspiration came from seeing what Mary Jo Pehl did with the role of Pearl Forrester. As Pearl, Mary Jo – or MJ, as we called her – could be funny in so many different ways… but while she was a woman, the humor never came from Pearl being female -- that just happened to be a great coincidence, and a tribute to how great MJ was in that part. And I know her performance stuck with a lot of you too, because any time we did appearances for MST3K or Cinematic Titanic, there was always a long line of folks waiting for their turn to lavish praise on her!

So, ever since I started thinking about the future of MST3K, I think I've known the next Mad needed to be another formidable woman in the Forrester family line.

I don't want to give away too much about Kinga's character yet, because I think we'll have a lot of fun with that during the new season, so I'll just tell you two important things:

The first thing I realized about Kinga was that she needed to have red hair. I know that might seem sort of superficial, but it’s part of the way I work, off a series of visual cues: I have to “see” it first, and then I work backwards to make sense out of it. The red hair came to me because I've always felt the Forrester clan were from Scandinavian backgrounds – mainly because MST3K has such deep roots in the Midwest, and especially Minnesota. (Plus, the Swedish usually aren’t portrayed as super villains, and I think it’s time we did something to fix that.)

The other thing I knew was that the next Mad should be someone who could be threatening, and could have moments of true irrational rage. (Those kinds of people scare the sh*t out of me, but they're also so much fun to write for!) I think I started to imagine Kinga as a character like Alice's Queen of Hearts… to the point where I actually started describing her to others as Queen Kinga, even though she's not married.

At the same time, I had no idea who should play Kinga. A few times, I would look online for actors that seemed to fit the description in my head, but none of them seemed right.

And then, one day, I came across Felicia Day.

I don't remember where I first saw Felicia, but I remember knowing right away that there was something really interesting about her: both the way she looked and the way she behaved. She was beautiful, and yet, so capable of being character-y too: I suppose that makes her "adorkable." Anyway, I checked out her seminal webseries, The Guild, and was just delighted. She was like a geek Mary Richards from The Mary Tyler Moore Show! And then I saw her in Dr. Horrible, and again, I was just so impressed.

Even after that, though, I wasn't 100% sure. I didn't know if she'd be interested, and I've never really gotten in touch with anyone I don't know to join the MST3K cast. (For example, the entire old cast of MST3K lived near each other in Minneapolis.) I don't really start my process by calling agents and whatnot, so I just didn't pursue it.

And then, about 6 or 8 weeks ago at the Salt Lake ComicCon, I got a message from my booking agent, saying, "Did you know that Felicia Day really wants to meet you?" Interesting. So we met in the green room that afternoon, and she was funny and sweet. She's kind of a goof, but there's also this manic side to her that will let her do "crazy." So, I sent her a message over Twitter:

(How's that for a historic document?)

Things moved quickly after that. We started making plans to tape the Kickstarter video, I had a costume designer get to work on her MST3K suit, my people started talking to her people, and that's about it. Now, the situation is the same with Felicia as everyone else: we haven't got any formal deal in place yet because we weren't sure how this Kickstarter would turn out, but I feel like it's probably going to happen.

After she said she wanted to join MST3K, I also got around to reading her new book, You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost): A Memoir. It's a great read, and I felt like it might be an easy way to understand her more. (Plus, now I can finally do my George C. Scott impression from the movie Patton when I see Felicia: “You magnificent bastard, I read your book!” You should too!)

Anyway, here's what I gleaned from it: Felicia's secret power might be that she is fine being an outsider. And I also just think she can pull off being likable, intimidating and "crazy" all at the same time: a total wild card! As the next Mad, she's gonna need all that and more. 

I can't wait for you to meet Kinga.

But wait... there's more!

I'm also inviting comedians Hampton Yount and Baron Vaughn to become the next voices of Crow T. Robot and Tom Servo!

When it came time to think about casting the new voices of Tom Servo and Crow, I had a feeling that our best bet was to find some talented young comedians. That was how our original casts came together too, back in Minneapolis, and that seemed to work out pretty well. But for a while, that's as far as it went, because it's hard to cast Crow and Servo until you've got a host to put them with.

Once Jonah agreed that he wanted to become the next host, things started to move again. And since he would be the one in the movie riffing trenches with Crow and Servo, I felt it was important to let Jonah help find the right people. There had to be real chemistry to our choices, not just casting.

(Also, for you Mystery Science Historians, this style of "finding talent" has always been part of MST3K. When the show started, I invited Josh and Trace. Later, Josh saw Mike in a club and thought he was great. Once I hired Mike, he suggested Frank and Bridget as writers. Bridget suggested Mary Jo. So it goes.)

Anyway, Jonah told me to check out Hampton and Baron. I watched a ton of their videos online and thought they were pretty great, so the next time I was in LA – about a year ago – we went out to eat together and had our first "official meeting," which really just means that I picked up the check.

After that first meeting, I knew that I liked them both a lot, but I still hadn't decided. So, I asked them to do a "test session" on Skype, and gave them some lines to read as Crow and Servo. Just to see what they'd do with it, you know? And sure, they did great first reads on the respective characters, but it was the stuff between takes that kind of took my breath away. They were just so great at riffing off each other and so quick on their feet. I remember thinking it was like going down the rabbit hole and seeing a glimpse of the future MST3K. Then, when it came time to make our Kickstarter video, I asked them to help out.

During that shoot, I realized that Hampton did a killer impression of Trace's Crow, but I actually cautioned him against it, because it could make it harder to evolve the part later, when he'll need to do impressions and dialects – which is a pretty big part of the job. I also told both of them that it would take them some time to figure out their own versions of Crow and Servo. (If you watch anyone on MST3K when they start out, I think it takes at least a good 3 to 6 shows to get your movie-riffing legs. You just have to kind of feel it out once you're in the room.) 

Baron even called me after he saw the first Kickstarter video, to tell me he already has ideas for how he wants to tweak his Tom Servo. So maybe they'll sound a little different over time, but just watching them mess around on set, I know we've found the right people for the jobs.

Also, before I go, I'll tell you what I told Hampton and Baron: I don't want them to make "sound-alike" Tom Servos and Crows. The bots aren't like the Muppets: they've always been manifestations of the people running them. Kevin didn't sound exactly like Josh, and Bill didn't sound exactly like Trace. And the way I see it, the point of being a movie riffing robot is that you can do a bunch of voices and dialects – not just sound like the last guy.

Plus, personally, it always feel a bit hollow to me when you have to cast people who sound like the original character. I think it's much more important to have people have great comic instincts, the right chemistry, and who can be inventive with the character. With Hampton and Baron, we're getting all of that and more.

So, there you go. I've revealed both of the mysterious figures in that picture on our Kickstarter page, and I've spilled all of my casting secrets. Now you're all caught up with that leak that somehow appeared in Entertainment Weekly last week, after I told them everything in an interview. (I told you, I don't like keeping secrets.)

Anyway, now that everything is out in the open, we can update that picture. 

Here we go:

Oh, look at that. A new silhouette.

Maybe I do still have another secret I haven't shared yet!

Anyway, the next season of MST3K is starting to look pretty exciting, huh? That's why I hope we can keep up the pace and get to a full season of 12 episodes next year, and give the next cast a chance to show the networks – and you – what they can do.

Now, while I get started on your next update, I hope you'll join me in the comments to welcome Jonah, Felicia, Baron and Hampton aboard. And remember:

KEEP CIRCULATING THE URL!

Cheers and Thanks,

Joel

Tom Servo, internet sensation, here to remind you that we still need your help to spread the word and get MST3K back for a full 12-episode season. Lucky for you, spreading the word is simple!

Just post one of these messages to Twitter & Facebook right now... and not just the top one, people! 

  • MORE NEWS! @JoelGHodgson reveals @FeliciaDay @barvonblaq & @HamptonYount are on board to help #BringBackMST3K! http://bit.ly/mst3k-update8
  • If #BringBackMST3K hits $2.75M by Thurs @ 12pm ET, all backers $35+ get SIX FREE classic episodes. Pledge now! http://bit.ly/mst3k-update8
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    1. Melissa
      Superbacker
      on November 30, 2015

      I absolutely love Felicia. I was at that Comic Con and I met both of you there. It makes me so giddy to hear the story of how you two met. Her book is amazing. You'll have to teach her the secret handshake if you haven't already.

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      Patti E. on November 29, 2015

      Hi Joel! I just made my pledge. Just wanted say how excited I am that Felicia Day is going to be the new Mad. Awesome choice! Important question, though: is Gypsy coming back? Hope so.

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      Arthur B
      Superbacker
      on November 25, 2015

      I liked the levitating too - looks like Servo 3.0 got a way more powerful hoverskirt.

      Of course, he'll probably make Jonah carry him into the theatre anyway.

    4. Justin Corwin on November 25, 2015

      I've watched this update several times. Love the new cast so far.

    5. Jerry Stogsdill on November 25, 2015

      A couple things. I was on board with the concept for the git. I loved Mike straight away and thought Bill was phenom as Crow. So I never indulged in the East Coast/West Coast thing over all these years. So I did not need to be won over. Second, OMG, I am in love with the new cast already. I don't know their work, but I will bone up. Just seeing them in these short kickstarter bits makes me super excited. And as a HUGE Trace fan, I can sincerely say that Miss Day is well on her way to becoming the best Sir ever. Not to set expectations too high, but these next few episodes seem to be in excellent hands.

      My only wish is that Kinga's henchman be name McCloud. PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEZ?!?

    6. Andrea Giesbrecht on November 25, 2015

      I lost it right around the part where Servo started levitating.

      Is it just me, or has the chemistry between the characters already improved over the last video? That shouldn't be possible. But hey, this is MST3K! Anything is possible! Right?

      I wish I could pledge more. You guys are worth it.

    7. Jeffrey Quisenberry on November 25, 2015

      We "might just get to see the oldest episodes of MST3K"? What an incentive! To get to see those first two Supermarionation shows riffed, I'd double my $100 pledge! (A challenge so close to Christmas, but I'll try.)

      If you can do it, just be VERY careful when you guys handle those ancient master copies! And please make the eps purchasable on disc or (even better) digital download. Doesn't matter if they're they're not up to your later standards, they're are part of history I *must* have.

    8. Matt Dunn on November 25, 2015

      Just wanted to mention that this is the update that won me over. Not just for Day, or the new voices, but the fact that this show really will be better with a set of fresh faces. I was one of those disgruntled lifetime fans when I first saw this, but you are totally right. Everyone complains about new things, and often it's a bunch of whining for nothing. I'm stoked about where this project is going, and I'm hoping we hit that 5.5!

    9. Greg Pohlman on November 25, 2015

      I adore Felicia Day, my only concern about her character is the name "Kinga." Dunno, just sounds weird. No complaint, whatsoever about her ability to play an eccentric, egomaniacal, and yet adorkable villain. I'd never heard of Yount or Vaughn before this kickstarter, but after a brief youtube search, I like what I'm seeing. They've got talent, and aside from their stand-up routines, their IMDB listings are tragically scant. I look forward to their takes on the robots. It'll be a challenge getting used to their voices and style, but like most other cast changes (any Whovians out there?) I think the fans will eventually get over the separation anxiety and embrace the new characters for who they are.

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      David Ruic on November 24, 2015

      Felicia Day certainly has the range for the character you have in mind. The other three I'm not familiar with, but I'm willing to see what they put together.

    11. R. Cruz on November 24, 2015

      I was skeptical when a new cast was announced, but I'm really liking your picks so far, Joel. The bots having the hots for the new Mad? I'm down.

    12. Scott Hewitt
      Superbacker
      on November 24, 2015

      If adding Felicia Day's name to the project brings in more pledges, then it's a smart move.
      That aside, I'm more interested in pretty much every other part of this update.

    13. Johnny Walker on November 24, 2015

      @Arthur B The "trending" feature of Kicktraq is by not a projection feature (read here: http://blog.kicktraq.com/why-you-should-take-kicktraq-trends-with-a-grain-of-salt/). The "projection" feature is the best guess anyone has at the moment (see some case studies here: http://blog.kicktraq.com/the-state-of-projections/).

      Time will tell, of course. Maybe I'm completely wrong, but it doesn't hurt to hope for the best while planning for the worst :)

    14. J. Nathan Couch on November 24, 2015

      I just upped my pledge. This is so exciting! I'm behind you guys a hundred percent, provided David Spade isn't the new evil henchman.

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      Nick Komanowski on November 24, 2015

      Yes, it certainly doesn't hurt that Felicia is a *hottie*.

      Back off, Servo....she's mine, MINE I tell you!! Though you are a *chick-magnet*, she is immune to your calf-implant, assisted charm!

    16. Jeffery B Eppes on November 24, 2015

      For those worried about the goal. I limited my contribution because of Christmas. If we have a follow up to extend the season, I could give more. I'm sure that's true of others here.

    17. Michaeljack on November 24, 2015

      Felecia Day? Are you kidding? FELECIA F***ING DAY!

      Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou! If i was buzzed for the new show before i'm mad for it now! :D

    18. Dane-Mychal Marvin on November 24, 2015

      Netflix just announced that it purchased the rights to revive the TV series "Lost in Space." This is the most recent in a growing line of series revivals by them. I see a lot of overlap between MST3K and LIS fan bases. Those would be perfect to pair together to draw in even more subscribers. C'mon, Netflix! Do it!

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      Arthur B
      Superbacker
      on November 24, 2015

      @Johnny Walker - What are you basing that on? Kicktraq's currently showing the Kickstarter as trending towards a healthy margin over the $5.5 million mark. Its projection functionality has the top projection at $4.5 million, but that's an extremely experimental feature and I've never known it to be at all reliable in the dozens of Kickstarters I've backed until much, much closer to the finish line. (Even then, it's usually thrown out of whack by a last-minute burst of funding from backers who were holding off until the last minute.)

      $5.5 million is a tough target, but eminently achievable and we're on course to do it so far.

    20. We are Fabio! on November 24, 2015

      I just upped my pledge, because I felt a moment of panic at realizing we're going to have a very difficult time getting to $3.3x10^6 by the end of the Turkey Day Marathon.

      It's going to be even rougher getting to $5.5m...

    21. Htom Sirveaux on November 24, 2015

      People griping about Felicia Day remind me VERY much of people back in the day griping about Mike Nelson, Mary Jo, Bobo etc.

      Begging for a reward to have her off the show tells a lot about a person. It has some parallels with the Mighty No. 9 Fiasco.

      And for people wondering if she can pull off evil. When where the mads all that evil. They said cruel things, and had cruel intentions, but Frank and Dr. F never seemed that threatening. Now Mary Jo, on the other hand had a little more Evil feel.

      I accuse your parents. ^_^

    22. ginger j fitts on November 24, 2015

      If you're going with a woman, she's the best choice other than Mary Jo.

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      MV on November 24, 2015

      Love the casting for the bots, though Servo could use a bit more bass.

    24. Johnny Walker on November 24, 2015

      Even the most optimistic projection falls short of the goal: Currently it's at $4m. It's riding on Turkey Day, but they still really need to do something that makes the average person up their pledge.

    25. Matthew
      Superbacker
      on November 24, 2015

      I love Felicia Day! BUT I was a little concerned about her being evil...but one I saw the video in the annooncement, I feel pretty good about it all. Keep the Kickstarter moving! More Episodes!!!

    26. Jeffery B Eppes on November 24, 2015

      @David
      Yeah she's got a lot of talents behind the camera and a few in front of it. She's playing a sort of exaggerated fictionalized version of herself in The Guild (as I understand it). Its the one time I haven't cringed at her doing comedy and I took it as her being aware of her limitations and giving herself jokes she could pull off. I've never seen her even attempt anything as outsized as a Mad and its clear she's not going to play anything as dopey as TV's Frank.

      And Bioware does very frequently screw up comedy.so that could have been part of it. But in Dragon Age 2 she played a sort of self insert fanfic character she'd created previously that was kind of ridiculous from a lore stand point and it made the DLC which featured her character painful (it was also modeled to look like an elvish version of her, so there was no getting away from the "this is Felicia Day's fanfic character" vibe.)

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      Matt Schiros on November 24, 2015

      Pre-gripe praise: SO happy this is happening. I've been re-watching the show from the beginning recently, and getting sadder as the remaining episode count dwindles.

      Gripe: How much more do I have to contribute for you not to use Felicia Day? Can we make that a reward level? Everyone else is awesome, but man, that one is a huge miss. I guess I'll just have to hope that the new episodes will pick up the ethos of earlier Joel episodes, where everyone's acting was awful and everyone flubbed their lines and that was part of the charm. MJP she is not :(

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      Mancomb Seepgood on November 24, 2015

      @Jeffery

      I'm not aware of what she did for Bioware, but she created and wrote the Guild, which is good enough for me. I'm not like a rabid fan of her show either, my girlfriend shared it with me briefly. It wasn't quite my taste at the time, but I know good writing when I see it. She's a good writer.

      Felicia has even more XP under her belt now, and every actor has bomb projects from time to time. Not to mention we've got Joel to guide her, if that's even a necessity. I'm not worried.

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      GWAL on November 24, 2015

      Oh very nice, when I first saw who the new mad was I was thinking, this could be interesting. I think she did well here.

    30. Jeffery B Eppes on November 24, 2015

      I want to withdraw. I'd have trusted you to cast unknowns but I've seen what Day can do and it leaves me with growing dread about this project. And no its not that she's a woman, you're right about Pehl being great, but did you test Day?

      Then again, if she's a Mad, then she's not riffing (at least regularly) maybe this could work with the right direction. Maybe Bioware and Joss Wheddon didn't know what to do with her and maybe you do.

      In the end my mst3k fandom wins out over my doubts. I have to remind myself that my meager contribution is about gratitude for what you've already done, not the expectation that you'll do it again (as you pointed out, that would be impossible)

    31. Jason McGrody on November 23, 2015

      I'm so out of it that I've heard of NONE of these comedians. But from what I've seen of the few clips so far just on the Kickstarter, I really like them.

    32. Trevor Stasik on November 23, 2015

      @Joel - What were company picnics like at Gizmonic Institute?

    33. Lazarus Dark on November 23, 2015

      You know what would be great? A fathom event for the first episode. I know a lot of people are going to say its copying Rifftrax, but who cares. Fathom events are a great resource and tons of fun for a lot of different shows. I can guarantee my local theater sells out.

    34. Dave Gold on November 23, 2015

      I truly hope that Kinga is trying love child of Dr. Forrester and Sylvia (the scandal caused her and Gerry to divorce, which is why neither ever appeared again).

    35. Marty Ketola on November 23, 2015

      Please be Jackie Martling as the new henchman! Oh please, oh please!

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      Ed Ruddom on November 23, 2015

      Joel...

      I cannot tell you how happy this update is making me. If this means we can get to see the lost KTMA episodes, I'm hoping that we can reach the $3.3million mark. I think in a perfect world we'd get to see all 21... or would that be 22 with the unaired pilot... of the KTMA episodes released as the 18 we fans have aren't in the greatest of quality, but even if it is just the 3 lost episodes, that would be fantastic!

      C'mon MSTies, we've come this far and now we have the chance to get the 3 holy grails we've been wanting for years! WE CAN DO THIS!

    37. Rob Abrazado
      Superbacker
      on November 23, 2015

      Huge update! This is all super exciting. Felicia is a great pick!

    38. Iron Curtain (Chiptunes) on November 23, 2015

      @Joel What about the voice for Gypsy (did Cambot ever have a voice? I don't remember. If that robot had a voice, who's doing the voice now?)?

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      greg galanos on November 23, 2015

      Everything looks good so far. BUUUUTTTT Kinga has to wear some Forrester green....absolute must. Just something; a hair scrunchy, earrings...something!!

    40. Daniel DiManna on November 23, 2015

      Amazing news!!!! This is the update I have been waiting for, and it had WAY more information in it than I was expecting! Welcome to the SoL, Hampton and Baron! And to the next evil lair, we welcome Ms. Felicia! So glad to have you aboard for this next season! Great video, by the way! :)

      However, what has me geeked out beyond mere mortal comprehension is the fact that, in this update, Joel all but confirmed the LOOOOOOOONG awaited release of at least a few of the KTMA episodes, most likely K01, K02, and K03, of which no fan copies (the only way to see the 18 existing KTMA shows) are known to exist. After the obvious that MST3K is finally coming back to captivate a new generation, and thrill us old school MSTies, this news is the biggest thing to happen to the world of Mystery Science Theater in years. The significance of this challenge from Joel CANNOT be overestimated.

      A week or so ago, I posted a comment to Joel, making a very heartfelt appeal to make the three lost MST KTMA episodes the three initial challenge episodes, as they are the only episodes NO FAN can currently watch. I was excited to see how any people agreed with me in the comments that followed, and made it a point to bring it up in the main comments section as often as I could. But I never dared to dream that it would actually come to fruition that we, right now, have the power to make some, maybe even all, of these lost treasures available to the fans to watch!

      If you're reading this, Joel, I cannot thank you enough for taking our words to heart, putting aside your own feelings about the primitive nature of the early episodes, and giving us the chance to get them released in some capacity. It means more to me, and us fans, than I can ever put into words.

      Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to increase my pledge. ;)

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      Elijah Philipp on November 23, 2015

      I was excited about Jonah, but i think somehow I'm even more excited about Hampton and Baron. Both of these dudes are excellent stand-ups and with the way Baron riffs when he's guest hosting Put Your Hands Together... this is going to be awesome.

    42. We are Fabio! on November 23, 2015

      Ahhhh! Finally managed to watch this updates video. If this all comes together, Felicia Day is going to be ** awesome ** in that role. Honestly, I will probably up my pledge regardless of the new 72 hour challenge, because I now neeeeeeeed to see this happen.

      Like, more than I needed to see it previously.

    43. Shawn Moore on November 23, 2015

      Joel, I hope you have given Hampton & Baron their respective robots (or prototypes) to practice their puppeteering in advance of taping episodes.... They need motion with the voices... :-)

    44. Jennifer Stine on November 23, 2015

      Is Felicia Day the nice lady from the show Eureka! who ended up being part of a "smart house?"

    45. Laura on November 23, 2015

      Yeah, Felicia Day! Also curious if there will be a new Gypsy.

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      Arthur B
      Superbacker
      on November 23, 2015

      Pearl, Bobo and Brain Guy took a little while to get up to speed due to the SciFi Channel's insistence on having a continuing storyline in the host segments, but there's some excellent stuff from that era once they got their style nailed down. The host segments on Overdrawn at the Memory Bank were fantastic and perfect for those particular characters.

    47. Ralph Carusillo on November 23, 2015

      I have to admit that I have not heard of any of the new cast members. (Head in the sand? Living in a cave? Head in the sand while living in a cave?? You decide). When I was watching the video, though, I found that I was getting goosebumps....yes, indeed! I do want to welcome Jonah, Felicia, Baron and Hampton to the MST3K family! This is getting more realer and realtastic by the day. I'm looking forward to more thrills, surprises and good news.

      Here's to the new MST3K. Time to take out the chili!!

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      Alex Convertito on November 23, 2015

      Im really really enjoying the cast so far. Nice job, Joel!