A kid born the last time a new episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 aired would actually be ready to officially enter adulthood. Yet, she’ll now have a chance to enjoy the very show her parents did as Netflix readies the return of the snarky bad-movie heckling film that defined a generation.
The subscription streaming service released the first cast photo of the new show this week with new host Jonah Ray, and a group of some of the genre’s biggest names like Patton Oswalt and Felicia Day around him. Netflix also released another juicy tidbit – MST3K returns April 14.
The group, led by original show creator Joel Hodgson, filmed 14 episodes including a Christmas special, using nearly $5.8 million raised through a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign where he was only seeking $2 million.
Ray is a Hawaiian-born comedy writer and actor whose work includes the Comedy Central series TripTank as well as the satirical animated show SuperNews that aired on the former cable channel owned by Vice President Al Gore, Current TV.
He’ll be joined by the two robots that essentially have been a part of MST3K since the beginning, Crow T. Robot and Tom Servo. However, they will have new voices in the form of Hampton Yount and Baron Vaughn. Yount is a writer and comedian probably best known for a short stint writing for The Eric Andre Show on Adult Swim.