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Almost there! MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 will return... and if we can get to $5.9MM, we'll get THIRTEEN new episodes of MST3K!
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!
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!
48,270 backers pledged $5,764,229 to help bring this project to life.

STILL GOING! Turkey Day Challenge and Deals EXTENDED THROUGH CYBER MONDAY! Plus: MST3K reruns all weekend.

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Hello MST3K Family & Friends!

I hope you had a wonderful Turkey Day. Did you get enough to eat? I hope so. And then, if you’re like me, you ate just a little bit more, to send a message to your body that it was, indeed, Thanksgiving.

Anyway, this year, I’m thankful for all of you — and to everyone who spent some of their Turkey Day with me, watching our Turkey Day Marathon. I was able to talk with some of you on YouTube and Twitter, and the whole thing was a lot of fun. Then, we all went to sleep stuffed with pie AND cheesy movies!

I know you're full, so I just have a few important updates to share today.

  • During our Turkey Day '15 Marathon, we passed $3MM to #BringBackMST3K!
  • We're now the second most funded Film & Video project on Kickstarter! Yipes! 
  • Turkey Day Challenge AND Holiday Sales EXTENDED until 11:59pm on Monday!
  • If we reach $3.3M before then, all backers at $85+ get listed in MST3K's credits! 
  • Want leftovers? Turkey Day '15 Marathon Reruns available all weekend long!

First, I'd like to share something I'm thankful for: during the final hour of our Turkey Day '15 Marathon, we passed the $3M mark. 

We're not up to our second goal of $3.3M and six new episodes just yet, but a few hours ago, we passed another important milestone:

With more than $3.11M raised, we're now the SECOND HIGHEST FUNDED KICKSTARTER for any Film & Video project ever!

That means we've passed Zach Braff's Wish I Was Here, which raised $3,105,473, and are second only to Veronica Mars, which raised $5,702,153. That's pretty amazing. Thanks to you, MST3K has joined the crowdfunding “big leagues”!

Plus, after we're done making the new Kickstarter episodes, I think it will do a lot to help us convince a television network or online platform to let us make even more new seasons of MST3K in the future. 

And it gets better: thanks to you, our "Turkey Day Specials" and "Black Friday Sale" have already raised another $85,000 (and counting) to help #BringBackMST3K! 

We're still working on how to get that added to the total here on Kickstarter, but here are two important things to know: (1) the money you spent on Add-On Rewards didn't count toward the Turkey Day Challenge, but (2) it does count toward our final goal of raising $5.5MM to make twelve new episodes of MST3K!

(There have been a lot of questions about how the Turkey Day Add-Ons work, so our team is posting some new FAQ about Add-Ons.)

And while we're talking about it, I almost forgot! 

I know I said the Turkey Day Challenge would end at 11:59pm on Thursday but hey... it's that weird weekend between Thanksgiving and the work week, so I decided, "Let's do something crazy!" Crazy Joel, that's what they call me. So...

We're extending the TURKEY DAY CHALLENGE until the end of Cyber Monday: if we reach $3.3MM by 11:59pm PST on Monday, all backers who pledge $85 or more on Kickstarter* will get to include a name of their choice in the credits of a new MST3K!

Like I said last time, I'm really excited about the bonus reward I promised you if we can beat the Turkey Day Challenge, so I want to give you another chance to get it. 

And in case you forgot, all reward packages at $85 and higher include digital downloads of all new episodes funded on Kickstarter (in HD and without DRM), so that you'll be able to see your name when it appears in the credits!

[*EDITOR'S NOTE: Remember, you'll only get the "Thank You Credit" bonus if you pledge for a reward package of $85+ here on Kickstarter. If you purchase the Black Friday Specials or Add-On Rewards at MST3K.com, your contribution will count toward our goal of raising $5.5MM, but it won't increase your pledge level or entitle you to additional rewards listed in the more expensive packages here on Kickstarter.]

Oh, and here's another important announcement I almost forgot!

We've also extended our TURKEY DAY / BLACK FRIDAY SPECIALS through Cyber Monday, so you now have until 11:59pm PST Monday to grab classic MST3K episodes for 50-87% off!

In case you haven't looked, here are our three big holiday offers:

Oh, and remember, these TURKEY DAY SPECIALS aren't like the rewards you get here on Kickstarter. With these deals, you'll be charged right away and we'll make sure to send them to you by December 11, when our Kickstarter ends. 

That means you've still got time to give the gift of MST3K for the holidays, so that you and your loved ones can have a very Swayze Christmas and help us make more new episodes for next year!

Okay, one more thing...

All weekend long, we're serving up leftovers... with reruns of the Turkey Day '15 Marathon!

I know that some of you couldn't join us on Turkey Day, because your new-age religion forbids it, but I don't want you to miss out on the fun. That's why, with the help of our friends at Shout! Factory TV, PlutoTV and Yahoo, I'm happy to say that you can keep enjoying the entire marathon, over and over, all weekend long!

  • If you want to reheat THE WHOLE MEAL tune into our channel on PlutoTV. 
  • If you want to reheat JUST YOUR FAVORITES, watch on demand at Yahoo.

Of course, neither of those include the new introductions I shot for each episode at Kickstarter HQ... so if you want to see those, I posted all of the new videos on our YouTube Channel.

Also, in case you didn't see those segments, we had a few fun surprises!

With the help of my friends at Kickstarter, we shared new Fan Letters for the first time since MST3K ended. (We also posted a lot more of your wonderful letters and artwork on our new Tumblr.) 

If you still want to share your stories and art, I love seeing them, and we'll keep sharing them... so email them to INFOCLUB@MST3K.COM.

We also had a special surprise guest: a young woman named Ashley Holtgraver, from the very cool electropop band Freezepop. When Ashley was just 8 years old, we read her letter on MST3K

To help end this year's Turkey Day, a grown-up Ashley joined me to perform a new version of the MST3K theme song! Here, see for yourself:

Pretty great, huh?

Anyway, all of those turkeys we watched are still making me a little sleepy, so it's time for another Turkey Day Weekend tradition: a long afternoon nap.

While I do, I hope you'll remind your friends and family that if they join our Kickstarter now – or increase their pledge – we'll be able to make at least six new episodes of MST3K. Wouldn't that be something to be thankful for next year?

And remember: we've still got until 11:59pm Monday night, to beat the Turkey Day Challenge, so...

KEEP CIRCULATING THE URL!

Cheers and Happy Thanksgiving,

 Joel

Tom Servo, liberator of leftovers. I know, I know: you're full and it's too much work to get off the sofa. Well, what if I told you that you can help us Bring Back MST3K without lifting a finger? Okay, maybe just your finger…. but it's easy, I promise.

Just post one (or all) of these messages to Twitter & Facebook right now: 

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    1. MoreFunPlease
      Superbacker
      on November 30, 2015

      @Nick Turner: I went for the full package despite knowing that I will be getting 6 of them as part of my pledge. I look at it this way - The full package is an exceptional deal considering individual episodes are $5. And my pledge is contributing towards hopefully 12 new episodes, which I really want, so to me it is a win-win to still do both even though there is small overlap in classic shows.

    2. MoreFunPlease
      Superbacker
      on November 30, 2015

      @Nick Turner: This is what Joel said about the 6 episodes and buying individual classic movies when I asked a similar question last week: "The 6 episodes WILL be selected from the larger list of 87. I think those are ALL of the episodes we have the rights to make available as digital downloads. But if you purchase individual episodes as a Thanksgiving Special, you'll be able to choose which ones you want later, when the campaign ends. We'll make sure to tell you what the bonus episodes are before that, so that you can use your download for other episodes!"

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      Nick Turner on November 30, 2015

      The new FAQ about Add-Ons has not been put up and has said, "More details and FAQ about Add-On Rewards coming in the next few hours!" for days now. I'm hesitant to buy classic episodes right now even if they are a great deal, as I have no idea what 6 episodes I will get as part of the Kickstarter reward for my tier. I'd hate to buy a bunch of episodes only to find out that I just bought the ones I was going to be gifted for my support. Not sure if that was going to be addressed in the Add-On Rewards FAQ, but I figured I'd bring it up. In fact I would probably buy the whole package of 87 episodes if I knew the 6 additional ones weren't part of that package.

    4. GR on November 29, 2015

      I wonder if Shout! would consider having a 'Build Your Own MST3K DVD Set' with 3 or 5 titles, and a portion going toward the new season? We all have our favorites, and I think it'd go over pretty big.

    5. Austin Miller on November 29, 2015

      Maybe we can convince a few people from Twitch with lots of followers to plug the campaign during some of their streams this week, I think that'd be a great way to get the word out (and a lot of people in that community like to contribute to stuff like this)

    6. Stefan Laszczyk on November 29, 2015

      @Joel thank you for the quick reply as always :)

    7. Greig Murry on November 29, 2015

      If Cards Against Humanity can raise $60,000 for nothing we can get to 6 mil!!! @MST3K #BringBackMST3K

    8. Jasper Barreveld on November 29, 2015

      Is the classic collection only for sale in the US?
      I keep having trouble with the add-ons, as in, I have to switch off add-filtering to see the option to buy it, and then only in an incognito window (private browsing) and when I finally add it to my cart, and try to actually go to my cart, that shows as empty.

      Very frustrating, really. :(

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      Paul Marshall on November 28, 2015

      I hope we get to 5.5 Million. I've already contributed everything I can, and I told all my friend, but he's out of disposable income too.

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      Brian Larsen on November 28, 2015

      Hi Joel, we should hop in a car and get coffee some time. We could talk about upside-down ketchup bottles and the downfall of Western civilization.

    11. Not TV's Frank on November 28, 2015

      Excellent news about the close captioning. I have a tiny MSTie who sleeps much to close to the TV room for me to watch MST movies and hear much dialog. CC means win for everyone!

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      Anthony Weiman on November 28, 2015

      Joel I think hearing from you daily is a good idea. Even if it's just to blow a trumpet in our ear to wake us up! I think it's a morale booster! You've been more than kind and very giving of your time. Also, I'm THIS close to telling everyone Christmas is off this year so I can take that designated budget and UP my pledge for the 5th time!......think my family would mind?

    13. Joel Hodgson Creator on November 28, 2015

      @Stefan: Not yet, I'm afraid. We're still trying to collect those extra funds.

    14. Wendell on November 28, 2015

      That little video with Ashley has got over 5K views in just a few days. Plus, a ukulele always makes a good song even better!

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      William Herring on November 28, 2015

      That song is just so cute and awesome; I love it. Great update Joel!

    16. James on November 28, 2015

      You can also post Servo's messages into Google+ as public so others can see them there too!

    17. jaybird3rd on November 28, 2015

      @Eric: Track down Episode #416 ("Fire Maidens of Outer Space"). Ashley's fan letter was featured at the end of the show.

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      Eric Woll on November 28, 2015

      Am I the only one curious what Ashley said in her letter? Any links or tweets Sirs?

    19. jaybird3rd on November 28, 2015

      Thanks for the update and the extension, Joel! Thanks also to you and to Ashley Holtgraver for the song at the end of the marathon; it was the perfect way to end Turkey Day! I don't know if you realized it at the time, but Ashley's appearance in the Turkey Day special happened exactly 23 years to the day after "Fire Maidens of Outer Space" (the episode which featured her fan letter) originally aired. Whether it was intentional or now, I thought that was pretty neat.

    20. Brian Preble on November 28, 2015

      For what it's worth, I've asked my own customers in Second Life to help fund the Kickstarter. That's another 10,000 people reached. Crossing my fingers for you.

    21. Stefan Laszczyk on November 28, 2015

      Joel, does the hidden $55K pledges from the 10K+ pledges count towards the 3.3 target?