Mystery Science Theater 3000 Surpasses Kickstarter Goals; To Return With 14 Episodes

mst3kLate on Friday, the Bring Back Mystery Science Theater 3000 Kickstarter campaign surpassed its final stretch goal, ending at $5.7 million. But with additional contributions from add-on rewards raised outside of Kickstarter's system, the grand total came out to $6.3 million, allowing creator Joel Hodgson to bring the show back for 13 episodes and a holiday special. The final tally also makes the campaign the most successful crowdsourced video project of all time. (Disclosure: I contributed to the campaign myself)

As previously reported, the new season of Mystery Science Theater 3000 will star Jonah Ray as man trapped in space and forced to watch cheesy movies. With him will be Hampton Yount and Baron Vaughn as robot pals Crow T. Robot and Tom Servo. On Earth, his evil uberlords will be played by Felicia Day and Patton Oswalt.

Hodgson also announced a number of guest writers like Community creator Dan Harmon will stop by to contribute jokes and actors like Jerry Seinfeld might also make cameo appearances. The new season is expected to stream its first new episode in nearly twenty years late in 2016.