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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.

70% FUNDED with ONE WEEK LEFT! Football Metaphors + A New Challenge. Plus: ADD-ON REWARDS!

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  • JUST ONE WEEK LEFT! It's time to move into "the Red Zone." 
  • We'll add FIVE BONUS REWARDS if we reach 80% before Tuesday at 8am. 
  • Next week, we'll also have BIG UPDATES to share every single day. 
  • Check out our ADD-ON SITE … including new EXCLUSIVE ADD-ON REWARDS! 
  • PLUS: next week, livestreaming MST3K Double Features EVERY NIGHT!

All right, Team:

To start, let me share some good news about where we stand.

As of this evening, we've raised $3.85MM... which means we're 70% of the way to our final goal!

I know, it doesn't look like the number has moved that far… but see the meter at the top of our Kickstarter page? Hold on, I'll show you again – Cambot, can we put the progress meter on Still-Store?

Okay. See that purple area?

All of that is money that we've raised from our ADD-ON REWARD SITE outside of Kickstarter: so far, over $150K in extras! We're not sure if we can make that number show up in our official Kickstarter total, but it still counts toward our goal and helps us make more episodes!

Now, with that in mind, we're also just ONE WEEK from the end of our Kickstarter. Seven days! The last act!

That makes this the part of the movie where the coach comes out and gives a big, moving speech that changes everything, puts it all in a new light, and drives his underdog team to victory. So I guess that means I'm the coach, you're a lovable group of misfits with ill-fitting uniforms, and it's speech time. Gulp!

You know, I've never done anything like this before. I'm a creative type, so I'm not very competitive! But this is really important, so I'll try to channel my inner Vince Lombardi here.

So, are you ready for some FOOTBALL.. metaphors!?

Ok, I know a lot of us MSTies are geeks and movie nuts who may shun the idea of "sportsball." That's why we enjoy our Turkey Day Marathon so much, right? We don't have to watch the Lions play! 

But, as you might know, I grew up in Wisconsin, and mostly in Green Bay. (In grade school, prayer wasn't mandatory, but cheering for the Packers on Friday was.) So, for better or worse, football is in my blood. 

And with just ONE WEEK LEFT in our Kickstarter to #BringBackMST3K, that's how I'm starting to see things: this whole Kickstarter campaign is actually like a football field!

We've got seven days to go, and our campaign is 70% funded, so that means we're at the 30-yard line. The 30-yard line is 70% of the way down the field – see what I did there? – and it's a pretty good place to be. But the real excitement happens in the last 20 yards, or what's called the Red Zone.

It's not very fancy, but I made a graphic to try to show you what I'm thinking:

The Red Zone is really where the game gets most intense, because it's when everyone focuses on giving their all. It's the most exciting time in the game, and it makes everyone sit up in their seats and pay attention. We need to go just another 10 “yards” – that's $550K – to make that happen...and if we can do it by Tuesday morning, we'll have a real shot at reaching our final goal. 

So, huddle up, team, because here's the play.

We need to raise $550K and get the ball into the Red Zone… so it's time for our biggest challenge yet.

You know, every time I've given you a challenge, you've beaten it with time to spare -- and this time, we just need to raise $138K each day -- which is less than you've raised for each of the other challenges! I really think we can do this.

Now, it's gonna mean focus. It's gonna mean work. It’s also gonna mean, at the end of the campaign, that I’ll drop this whole football thing. But since I wanna keep you motivated, it's really gonna mean that we've got some more crazy BONUS REWARDS if we can go the distance.

Each time we pass one of these goals before Tuesday morning at 8 am PST, we'll unlock another bonus reward:

And of course, on top of all of the bonus rewards, as soon as we hit $4.4MM and enter the Red Zone, it also means we'll be guaranteed at least nine new episodes of MST3K and have a real shot at a full twelve!

You know, before we even launched, the folks at Kickstarter warned me that the biggest days of the campaign would happen at the very beginning and very end. I guess that's how all Kickstarters work. So, I don't really know what's going to happen next week, but I believe that if we can get to the Red Zone by Tuesday, we'll have the momentum to go all the way.

In fact, we're already the second most-funded FIlm & Video Kickstarter ever, and people have been talking about that. If we get into the Red Zone, who knows? Maybe that gives us a shot at going after Veronica Mars. Yeah, I said it. Maybe we could still be the biggest Film & Video project in Kickstarter history!

But hey, I don't want to get ahead of myself: first we need to get into the Red Zone. So, let's get there by Tuesday morning, and if we do, I'll give you a whole bunch of extra stuff to say thanks.

Now, if unlocking all of those bonus rewards and getting nine new episodes of MST3K isn't enough to get us into the Red Zone by Tuesday morning, maybe this'll help.

We've launched our official #BringBackMST3K ADD-ON REWARD SITE, where you can get individual reward items, extras, and some new exclusive rewards that aren't included in any reward package!

If you've never seen Add-On Rewards before, let me just explain this real quick:

1. Getting an Add-On Reward is just like ordering something from any other online site...

You can pick the exact rewards you want, pay for them now, and we'll bundle them in with your Kickstarter rewards when we send them to you. If you want to get an extra t-shirt, or some more postcards, or add the Collector's Box Set so you can find out what the mystery gift will be, you can! Or if you wanna get some gifts for your MSTie friends, you can do that too. With Add-On Rewards, you get just what you want… but remember that most of these rewards won't be sent until at least next summer!

2. Whatever you donate to get Add-Ons counts toward the Red Zone Challenge and reaching our final goal!

Again, I don't want this to be confusing: the money you pledge at MST3K.com won't show up on the Kickstarter counter, or show up on Kickstarter right away… but it will be added to our "progress meter" at least once a day, so you can see how we're doing. Remember this?

Whatever you donate to get Add-On Rewards will be added to that purple bar, and we'll share the total at the top of our Kickstarter page.

But, one important thing:

3. Getting Add-On Rewards doesn't change your pledge amount or reward package on Kickstarter.

When you get Add-On Rewards, our site will ask for the email address you used on Kickstarter. That's so we can put all of your rewards together later – but it won't change anything about your Kickstarter pledge. You won't see your Add-Ons here on Kickstarter, you won't be charged more, and you'll still get the pledge you selected here. We'll just send your Add-On Rewards along with your other goodies.

Now, maybe you're thinking:

"Joel, I already got all of the rewards I wanted here on Kickstarter. Why would I need Add-On Rewards?"

Well, you could always get more rewards for your family and friends. You could stock up for the nuclear apocalypse, or horde rewards now, then sell them on eBay in ten years as collector's items. Also, if we beat the Red Zone Challenge, there'll be two t-shirt designs… so if you hate making hard choices, you could get both of them.

You can also get download codes good for your favorite CLASSIC EPISODES, or the CLASSIC COLLECTION of all 87 episodes that we're allowed to offer as digital downloads.

Or if none of that interests you, how about this?

Our Add-On Reward Site also has exclusive new rewards that aren't part of any Kickstarter reward package!

We'll add a few more items to the Add-On site between now and the end of the Kickstarter, but here's a fun one that I've been waiting to share with you:

Just like I promised last time, we've got an exclusive, limited edition "Save the Satellite of Love" Art Print from Marty Baumann – silk-screened on really nice paper, numbered, and (for a little more) hand-signed by Marty and me. 

Seriously, I’m gonna be hanging one of these prints in my office. 

We've also added a few other items backers have been asking for, including an MST3K ZIP-UP HOODIE SWEATSHIRT, and a really wonderful WALL CALENDAR (for 2017) that'll feature some of the great artwork we develop for the new season. I'm talking with some people about a last few rewards I'd love to add, to see if we can figure out the details in time… but we'll add a few more next week!

What do you think, sirs? See anything you like?

And you know, that's not even all the news I want to share today? I've got one more surprise for you, so that you have something to look forward to as we start our final week. 

After our TURKEY DAY '15 MARATHON, we got so many messages and comments about how much you enjoyed watching episodes of MST3K "live" with other backers and MSTies.. and that makes a lot of sense, because MST3K is all about the fun of sharing terrible movies with your friends. You know, back when we made those old episodes, we never had Twitter… and Twitter is pretty much perfect for riffing.

Anyway, I'm excited to tell you about this.

Every night next week, we'll be livestreaming a different MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 DOUBLE FEATURE: two of our favorite episodes, back-to-back!

Just like our Turkey Day Marathon, each night's MST3K DOUBLE FEATURE will include one episode from when I hosted, and one from when Mike hosted. I'll do a new introduction for each movie, and then we can all watch and riff together on Twitter and Facebook. Maybe we'll even share more fan letters!

From Monday to Thursday, join me each night at 4pm or 7pm PST.

On Friday (our final day!) we'll start at 2pm PST. That's because we've got something really special planned from 5-10pm PST to end our Kickstarter. So, I also hope you'll save time to join us for our final countdown. I'll tell you more about that on Monday.

Ok, I promise, we're almost done… but before I finish, here's one more promise to look forward to:

Next week, I'll have BIG UPDATES every single day, because I've still got news to share about a lot of those talented people I said I've been talking to, some final rewards we're offering, and more.

In fact, once we hit the Red Zone, I'll even tell you about a few great Bonus Rewards that our friends at Rifftrax are throwing in to help BringBackMST3K!

But right now, as we "kick off" the last seven days of this Kickstarter, I have only one question for you:

Can the BACKERS WIN THE SUPERBOWL?!?!*

By Tuesday morning, let's get into the Red Zone and find out.

Cheers and Thanks,

Joel

P.S. *If we’re talking about the Superbowl of my heart, I think you already have.

P.P.S. Almost forgot… 

KEEP CIRCULATING THE URL!

Tom Servo, livestream lover. Joel didn't leave any room for me this time, so be sure to help us reach the Red Zo--. [END OF TRANSMISSION. MEMORY FULL.]

Just post one of these messages to Twitter & Facebook right now: 

(Too much work? Fine. Just share any of the posts on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. So much for team spirit. Geez.)

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      Thad Boyd on December 7, 2015

      Or apparently the double-feature isn't the same thing as what's running on Pluto, and it's at https://www.youtube.com/watch… and doesn't appear to have started yet. Yeesh, this is all so confusing.

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      Thad Boyd on December 7, 2015

      It looks like the episodes are running at http://pluto.tv/mst3k . I don't see a link to that address anywhere in the Kickstarter or on mst3k.com; if you want to get people's attention you really should prominently display the address and airtimes on the main page of the Kickstarter.

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      JAMES WEBB on December 6, 2015

      wondering how much storage is on the USB's in the add on? if it's not enough for 6 episodes and extras it would be nice if put up an add-on where experiment 150 and higher backers can get an upgrade to larger storage so that we can get 12 episodes and extras on the 2 different design USB drives.

      would like to get the MYSTERY GIFT and Blu-Ray but with it only being a $50 increase on kickstarter to get DVD,Blu-Ray or MYSTERY GIFT and with the disc set as a $85 add-on it would be nice to see a $50 add-on for the MYSTERY GIFT

      If the second T-shirt design is anywhere near as good as the first design i'll get it as an add-on once I see the design now just have to wait until we hit the second design bonus.
      if all the current backers (22.5k) at T-shirt level or higher got a $30 T-shirt add-on then that would add $675k on to the total and give us a big boost

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      Kimberly Baehman on December 6, 2015

      Woohoo! Go Pack! Just gotta leave that here considering the reference in the update (I grew up in Appleton, WI - can't live an hour from Green Bay without being a Packer Fan :) ).

    5. strym on December 6, 2015

      Just checked out the mst3k.com add-ons site, and saw they added some more new cool stuff there everyone! :)

    6. strym on December 6, 2015

      Excited to find out the total tally with the add-on's included! :) I think we may have 4M...

    7. MadJo on December 5, 2015

      YES! Sportsball! Our team rocks, that other team sucks!

    8. David Hill
      Superbacker
      on December 5, 2015

      Just doubled my pledge. Let's get into the Red Zone!!!

    9. Mike Novak on December 5, 2015

      If you're like me, and I know I am, we could gush more about how much we love MST3k, but I think it's pretty clear we all feel so strongly. So instead I'll just leave some encouragement to Joel and the gang that has helped me smile through hard times for literally most of my life:

      STAY FROSTY!

    10. bygrinstow on December 5, 2015

      @Eduardo, ...just another couple of faces in red jumpsuits.
      Awesome!

    11. Luke Jaconetti on December 5, 2015

      Any chance of showing Red Zone Cuba during the Red Zone countdown? Eh? Eh?

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      Eric Koerner
      Superbacker
      on December 5, 2015

      @Doug Breese. My guess is Pluto TV

    13. Doug "FlavahText" Breese on December 5, 2015

      I'm too lazy to read the update again... when and where will the "two episodes a night" air?

    14. Eduardo on December 5, 2015

      We were spreading the good word at a party last night. We found an impressive amount of misties!

      http://i.imgur.com/GUVOvPA.jpg

    15. bygrinstow on December 5, 2015

      For the record, over the course of this project, I started at the $35 level, bumped up to the $85, and then bumped to $100 a couple days ago.
      "Will somebody help me? I seem to be on fire...!"

    16. ginger j fitts on December 5, 2015

      I just bumped up to $50....can't resist that T-shirt!

    17. Cliff Church on December 5, 2015

      @Vince In this case, the field goal will be getting the 9 episodes. Getting into the red zone, but not being able to go all the way, but still getting points on the board. Still better off than we would have been.

      My more mainstream and less geeky friends have gotten me watching sportsball... err... football for a few seasons now, so I'm a bit less noobish on that. I should talk to them about the kickstarter on Sunday...

    18. Edward J. Cunningham on December 5, 2015

      *sniff* Go...Backers!

      (Dedicated to the memory of "Crazylegs" Hirsch...)

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      Weston Pierce on December 5, 2015

      You had me a hoodie.

    20. Ralph Carusillo on December 5, 2015

      I know it's too late to consider as a reward for this campaign but I think it would be neat-o for MST3K/Shout! to sell plastic model kits of the 'bots. Imagine being able to buy and build your own Tom Servo, Crow, Gypsy...maybe even build your own Sattelite of Love! How feasible is something like that? I've seen individuals offer their own unofficial kits to build. Just a thought at 5:56am on the East Coast, USA.

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      Jens Humburg on December 5, 2015

      A double sided poster is awesome, since I'm in for 300 I get two posters anyway (one signed and one unsigned from the 150 tier) so now I can put up both in my living room :D

      But I'll still have to buy the extra Blu ray set to get the mystery gift...
      ..keep it up Joel soon you'll have my whole Christmas bonus ;-)

    22. strym on December 5, 2015

      The Century 21 Calling Experiment is all sold out! Which is of course, both good and bad. That one seemed to be really popular and an important price point. Maybe make a few more of those available, if you can? :)

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      Anthony Weiman on December 5, 2015

      strong finish.....c'mon STRONG FINISH!!

    24. Dave B on December 5, 2015

      I'd love to see you offer some bot figurines. We have the Gypsy and Servo from the limited edition DVD sets, but my daughter would flip for a Crow.

    25. bygrinstow on December 4, 2015

      Geez, waiting for the $5.5M mark is pure TORCHAA!!!
      I'd make a wrong turn and spend the night at Torgo's to make $5.5M happen (he could even pet my hair — what there is of it, anyway).

    26. Vince Vazquez on December 4, 2015

      Man, you guys are really good at Football metaphors. I'm not good at that kind of thing at all. Field Goal. See!?! :P

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      Hadjka! on December 4, 2015

      is the kickstarter poster (not the art print) standard 24"x36"?

    28. Daniel DiManna on December 4, 2015

      So glad we are gonna hear about my girl Gypsy here in a few days!!!! She's my favorite bot! She's so stinking cute. I even found all the original parts a few years ago and plan to build my own! Don't get me started on how much that darn love seat cost, though...

      Looking forward to future updates Joel! Thank you so much for being so great about answering our questions and keeping this thing's momentum going! ON TO THE FINISH! $5.5MM OR BUST!!!!

    29. Not TV's Frank on December 4, 2015

      Live streaming episodes are a very exciting bonus. Any chance you will join us on Twitter/Facebook/etc as we watch, @Joel? We know you've probably seen the episodes already [ :) ] but it would mean the world to us. And I might risk divorce and up my pledge :)

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      Jonathan Pickens on December 4, 2015

      I purchased some add-on rewards, but I'm considering a second round of them next week. Is it a problem to have multiple add-on reward purchases?

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      jack frost on December 4, 2015

      Any chance you could make the scripts to the MST3K Alive shows an add-on, assuming they even still exist? I would love to see what I missed.

    32. Justin Corwin on December 4, 2015

      joel,

      somehow A.R.T. needs to be on the show! It's a great character, gets Trace involved, and it will give Other Space the boost it needs for a second season!

    33. Gabriel Amos on December 4, 2015

      Wooo! Packers won the Super Bowl!

      Actually this is much cooler* than the Packer's winning the Super Bowl. Can't wait for next week!

      (*I actually have no idea. I'm not a football guy.)

    34. Ralph Carusillo on December 4, 2015

      Such great updates Joel. I am thinking of buying the Blu-Ray version of all the new episodes separately and then choosing the Mystery Gift. Are there any hints you could give regarding the Gift That Shall Remain a Mystery at this time? This gets betterer and betterer by the day.

    35. J. Nathan Couch on December 4, 2015

      I hope HOPE hope that one of the add-ons you're planning on making available during the last leg of this are the lost KTMA episodes! I can promise you'd be getting an extra pledge out me for that!

    36. Lucas Ray on December 4, 2015

      "I'll even tell you about a few great Bonus Rewards that our friends at Rifftrax are throwing in to help BringBackMST3K!"

      This bodes well. I like hearing about the whole family coming together to pitch in.

      Also Kinga seems like an enterprising business type who'd be eager to capitalize on someone else's ideas and hard work. I think she needs to force Joel to slap together some new 'evil' bots to assist the Mads during their segments. Or, you know, just sit around looking shiny and beeping.

    37. Joel Hodgson Creator on December 4, 2015

      @Jason: Yeah, man. I missed that one. I'm pretty tired lately. :)

      @strym: I wish we could, but that would take an impossible extra amount of work. I'll do my best to pick episodes that I think every MSTie should have, but you might just have to trust me!

      @Nancy: I've already written something about Gypsy. I'm saving it for next week so she can have a little more spotlight to herself!

      @Timothy: We'll do our best to keep them available for a little longer, but we're still trying to get to the finish line before the campaign ends in... one week, three hours and 54 minutes.

    38. Kam Johnson on December 4, 2015

      This is going large. Deluxe. Extra Crispy. Super Supreme.

    39. Michael Andrews on December 4, 2015

      Will the DVD and Blu-ray versions have all the same bonus features (the exclusive backer content) on them? I know a lot of DVDs nowadays have minimal bonuses and the blu-ray versions end up having stuff not included on the DVD. So I wanted to see what your plans were for the two. As well as asking if the show is being shot in HD. Thanks.

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      jack frost on December 4, 2015

      The mystery gift is too tempting for me to resist. I just bought the Blu-ray as an add-on just so I can see what it will be.

    41. Justin Corwin on December 4, 2015

      Exciting stuff all around but the most exciting news is hints at old cast members getting involved and rifftrax throwing in some bonus rewards. If I was Joel I would put the autographed poster within reach next week. It costs nothing to them and would make a lot of folks shell out the extra cash for the poster.

    42. Jason McGrody on December 4, 2015

      Red Zone Cub-Add-On

    43. Jason McGrody on December 4, 2015

      All this talk of the Red Zone and you didn't make a Red Zone Cuba joke? I am disappoint.

      Although I did get each of the Add-on exclusive items with the poster being unsigned.

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      Rachel Wale on December 4, 2015

      Red...Zone....Cuba

    45. strym on December 4, 2015

      For the (potentially) ten classic episode downloads, is it possible to be able to choose which ten episodes we would like to download? I think that would be really cool, if possible. As opposed to ten that someone else chooses for us. Lord knows we're a picky bunch. ;)

    46. Timothy Fisher on December 4, 2015

      Will the add-ons still be available from your website after the official Kickstarter ends? Santa is gonna be using up a LOT of my income between now and then.

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      Nick Komanowski on December 4, 2015

      "Every night next week, we'll be livestreaming a different MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 DOUBLE FEATURE: two of our favorite episodes, back-to-back!"

      Thank you, Joel!!!