MST3K revival casts Felicia Day
If you were convinced a fever dream befell you after reading Mystery Science Theater 3000 would be coming back, fear not: Three actors announced on Monday that they’ve joined the revival.
Felicia Day is in, the actress announced on Twitter. She’s going to play the daughter of mad scientist Dr. Clayton Forrester (Trace Beaulieu) of the original series.
Creator Joel Hodgson also invited comedians Hampton Yount and Baron Vaughn to voice Crow T. Robot and Tom Servo, the robots filling out the peanut gallery with new victim Jonah Ray.
MST3K revolved around Forrester shooting Joel Robinson (Hodgson) into space, subjecting him to cheesy movies. At the very least, two smarmy robots accompany him to rip into whatever they’re viewing.
Hodgson announced his intention to bring the show back to EW earlier this month. He launched a Kickstarter campaign that’s raked in over $2.5 million as of this posting. In it, he expressed how much he wanted Day to join the show. He also expressed his desire to fill out the cast of the new episodes with new cast members.
“Basically, I’m trying to blend the old with the new,” Hodgson told EW. “Mystery Science Theater has already refreshed itself once with a completely new cast, so I think it deserves to do that again. The original cast is going to be invited back to write, produce, and do cameos as their mad science characters, and then there’s a new cast with new talent.”
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The cult favorite started out as a public access show, aired at Comedy Central for seven years, then wrapped up its run in 1999 with another three seasons at Syfy. The Kickstarter currently seeks a 12-episode season.
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