Mystery Science Theater 3000 Returns To TV With RiffTrax For April Fools Special
Wondering why Rifftrax and Mystery Science Theater 3000 would return to TV on National Geographic? Well, it turns out that there's a very logical reason for it. They're riffing on nature shows! The first episode of 'Total Riff Off' airs tonight at 8pm and the gang will be turning their attentions to the underwater world of Killer Shrimp, before giving Demon Bats a touch of sarcastic nature-bashing at 9pm.
The good folks behind Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K) are reportedly returning to TV with Rifftrax for a new April Fools special on National Geographic! I will start by saying that there is a solid chance that this is all just an incredibly cruel April Fools prank, but if this could happen, I would be so happy!
The cult TV show, which followed a 'Regular Joe' named Mike who was shot into space by an evil doctor. There he was subjected to watching some of the worst movies the entertainment industry could offer. But that was just the whacky backstory to what was essentially a long line of snarky hatchet jobs on well-meaning movie makers.....and it was great!
The beauty of MST3K was that it was so far ahead of its times. It was a way for geeky kids to basically rip apart a movie with witticisms and sarcasm in an eerie prelude to the type of behaviour that would soon fill internet forums everywhere. It was this simple, yet whacky format that made it such a cult hit for an 11 year run before its cancellation in 1999. Indeed, that cancellation was met with behaviour normally reserved for the break-up of boy bands, with fans taking out newspaper advertisements in an effort to prevent the unthinkable from happening.
The MST3K crew went their separate ways and in 2006 RiffTrax was born as the brainchild of former MST3K members Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett. And it is RiffTrax that is helping to bring the beloved cult series back to TV for a 3 episode special on National Geographic next month. So get the popcorn out and gather your friends for what we hope will be a genuine reunion of the old MST3K, but when you're searching for the TV listing, make sure you look for RiffTrax, because that's the name going on the banner....if the rumor is to be believed...