'Mystery Science Theater 3000' reboot sets Kickstarter fundraising record

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A fundraising effort to bring back "Mystery Science Theater 3000" became the most successful crowdfunded video project on Kickstarter Friday.

Joel Hodgson, the original host of the zany sci-fi-tinged comedy where a hapless janitor is forced to watch (and mock) some of the worst movies ever made with a pair of wisecracking robots in outer space, launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign last month to bring the cult show back from TV oblivion.

The goal was to raise $5.5 million to make 12 new episodes of the show, which originally aired on Twin Cities Public Television in 1988 before it got picked up by Comedy Central and then the Sci-Fi Channel before it ended its run in 1999.

But the Kickstarter campaign (and an add-on shop) brought the total fundraised to more than $6.3 million, Paste Magazine reports. That's enough to make 14 episodes of the television show, CNN says.

The "MST3K" fundraiser also surpassed the previous record for most money raised for a film and video project. A campaign to fund a new movie based on the "Veronica Mars" character held the previous Kickstarter record with just over $5.7 million, reports note.

Paste Magazine says donations were helped by celebrities who pledged their support for the project, including Jack Black and Jerry Seinfeld – the two actors will likely have cameos in the new season.

A handful of celebrities have already signed onto the project, including comedian Jonah Ray, who will play the new lead character, as well as comedian Patton Oswalt and actress Felicia Day, CNN notes.


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