Here’s some bad news for fans of Mystery Science Theater 3000: the rebooted version of the show has been cancelled by Netflix.
The announcement came from star Jonah Ray, who posted about the show’s demise in a very emotional, pun-loaded tweet via his personal Twitter account.
“So, Netflix decided to not do another season of MST3K,” he wrote. “We are off to Get Down in Lilyhammer while the OA helps us take it One Day At A Time. We will be in group therapy with Tuca & Bertie, Jessica Jones, & Lady Dynamite. The sessions will be run by Gypsy (w/ Naomi Watts.).”
So, Netflix decided to not do another season of MST3K. We are off to Get Down in Lilyhammer while the OA helps us take it One Day At A Time. We will be in group therapy with Tuca & Bertie, Jessica Jones, & Lady Dynamite. The sessions will be run by Gypsy (w/ Naomi Watts.) thread pic.twitter.com/ZONkUxUlFb
— JONAH RAY RODRIGUES (@jonahray) November 26, 2019
In a thread, he continued: “We don’t know what the future holds for the show, it always seemed to figure out how to survive. From Comedy Central to SyFy. Then kept alive by RIFFTRAX & Cinematic Titanic. whatever happens, I want everybody to know that getting a chance to be on this show was a dream come true.
“Getting to work with old friends while making new ones was a gift I didn’t take lightly. Collaborating with heroes from my childhood is something I’ll never stop beaming about. So, Thank you Joel & especially all the MSTies who embraced me as a mug in a (yellow) jumpsuit. I know it wasn’t easy accepting a new guy, so I appreciate the warmth. Now if only I can convince @shudder to pick us up and to let us share a night with Joe Bob Briggs?”
MST3K was originally created by Joel Hodgson and launched on KTMA-TV (now WUCW) in 1988. Following a move to The Comedy Channel/Comedy Central, it ran for seven seasons before being cancelled in 1996. It was then picked up by The Sci-Fi Channel and aired for three more seasons until its second cancellation in 1999. The show had another revival in 2017, which became the current Netflix run.
So we’re not that worried about the cancellation as we’re sure it will be back sooner or later.
Mystery Science Theater 3000 is available to stream now on Netflix. Get all the latest sci-fi news with every issue of SciFiNow.