The “Mystery Science Theater 3000” revival has been canceled by Netflix after two seasons, an individual with knowledge of the decision told TheWrap on Wednesday.
The eight-episode “Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return” launched on the streaming service in 2017 and its second season, “MST3K: The Gauntlet,” debuted with six episodes in 2018.
Host Jonah Ray first shared the cancellation news via a Twitter thread on Tuesday: “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.)”
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?” he concluded.
Created by Joel Hodgson, the original “Mystery Science Theater 3000” ran for 10 seasons and 197 episodes. The show premiered on Minneapolis UHF station KTMA-TV in 1988 before moving to Comedy Central and then Syfy (which was then known as Sci-Fi Channel).
The Netflix revival was executive produced by Hodgson, Elliott Kalan, Richard Foos, Bob Emmer, Garson Foos, Jonathan Stern and Harold Buchholz. “Mystery Science Theater 3000” hailed from Satellite of Love, Alternaversal Productions and Undiscovered North American Ape Pictures.