Earlier this week, Wired published a definitive oral history of Mystery Science Theater 3000, the cult TV show that wrapped in 1999. Besides being a fascinating account of how MST3K all began, the article gives hope to the possibility of a long-desired reboot.
According to Wired, creator Joel Hodgson, who also starred as Joel Robinson until 1993, is hoping to bring the show back in an online incarnation this spring. The new MST3K would feature a new star, who has yet to be announced, plus cameos from numerous MST3K alumni.
“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,” Hodgson said. “It really affected them. I thought, if enough people still love it, maybe we can bring it back.”
The show’s lasting power in undeniable. MST3K stared down cancellation multiple times, existed on three different networks and continued to be played on Syfy (then the Sci-Fi Channel) until 2004. Episodes can still be found through a multitude of channels today, including Netflix and even some of the most obscure episodes on YouTube. For Hodgson, MST3K makes more sense to exist now than when it originally aired.
“Mystery Science Theater wasn’t considered a real show when we started,” he said. “But it makes more sense now. Tweets are a lot like riffs to me.”
While we’re not sure when a true reboot might come to pass, but the series is headed back to cable in rerun form on Retro TV—if that’s a channel you didn’t know existed, you are welcome—starting in July.