Patton Oswalt has joined the “Mystery Science Theater 3000” reboot.
Oswalt will play the son of evil henchman TV’s Frank, who was played in the original show by Frank Conniff. His character will be known as TV’s Son of TV’s Frank.
“You know, the funny thing is that when we launched our Kickstarter, I hadn’t even approached Patton about being on MST3K… but I had thought a lot about getting him involved,” series creator Joel Hodgson wrote on the reboot’s Kickstarter page.
“Anyway, even though we won’t start working on contracts until after the Kickstarter ends, it seems pretty safe to say that Patton will be on board with us, on camera AND as a special guest writer too!” Hodgson concluded.
Felicia Day also recently joined the show as the daughter of original villain Dr. Forrester. Hodgson also announced that comedians Baron Vaughn and Hampton Yount have joined the cast as the voices of robot sidekicks Tom Servo and Crow, respectively.
The “Mystery Science Theater 3000” Kickstarter campaign to relaunch the cult TV series hit its initial $2 million funding goal after just six days. At the time of this publishing, it has raised over $3.1 million of its $5.5 million goal.
The series, which launched on a Minneapolis UHF station in 1988, featured Hodgson and later Mike Nelson and two robot sidekicks as they riffed on cheesy B-movies by providing their own hilarious commentary. It then moved to Comedy Central and finished its run on the Sci-Fi Channel (now Syfy) in 1999 after 197 episodes.