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Joel Hodgson Will Return This Friday to Host His First MST3K Episode in 29 Years

Something will happen this Friday that hasn’t happened since 1993: Joel Hodgson will officially host an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000. Yes, the cult movie riffing show first created by Hodgson on Minneapolis public television in 1988 will see the long awaited, on-screen return of its creative leader, as Hodgson steps back into the role of “Joel Robinson” to riff a film alongside Crow T. Robot and Tom Servo. Some of the voices have changed, since Hodgson first left the series after Mitchell in the midst of MST3K season 5, and the series has changed quite a bit on its long, strange journey as well. But one has to imagine that it will be comfortably familiar to hear Joel riffing a bad movie once again. The show released the small teaser below, alluding to this fact.
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Interview: Joel Hodgson Talks MST3K Season 13, The Gizmoplex

Mystery Science Theater 3000 is back for its 13th season and ComingSoon spoke with creator Joel Hodgson about its return. New episodes are now streaming online via the Gizmoplex website. “For the first time, not one, but three humans will be subjected to the bittersweet agony of watching the world’s...
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Mystery Science Theater 3000's Joel Hodgson on How Jim Henson Influenced The Show

Puppeteer and filmmaker Jim Henson passed away in 1990, but his legacy as one of the most influential entertainers in American history was already set in stone by that point. Just one example of that, is apparently Mystery Science Theater 3000. The series, which started in 1988, was shaped by Henson's total dominance of the puppetry field at the time, according to series creator Joel Hodgson. Speaking with about the upcoming, 13th season of MST3K, Hodgson praised the puppetry of Emily Marsh, who has joined the series as a new host, Hodgson took a minor side trip to talk about the "endless" impact of Henson's work on the field, saying that thirty-plus years into his MST3K career, he is still learning new things all the time, which Henson pioneered decades ago.
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Mystery Science Theater 3000's Joel Hodgson and Emily Marsh on How Marsh Became the First Woman to Host the Show

With the launch of a new season of Mystery Science Theater 3000 later this week, the comedy institution will have a totally different look and feel. Launching on the Gizmoplex, a new app created specifically for the new season of Mystery Science Theater 3000, the cult classic series will now be a subscription platform, with fans getting unlimited access to all of history's MST3K, as all as an exclusive platform for the new episodes coming beginning this weekend. Another big change? Bot only will Joel Hodgson, the series' creator and original host, reprise his role as Joel Robinson, but Emily Marsh will join the cast as the TV series' first-ever female host.

Joel Hodgson Created a Metaverse for New Mystery Science Theater 3000 Episodes

This story is part of I'm So Obsessed (subscribe here), our podcast featuring interviews with actors, artists, celebrities and creative types about their work, career and current obsessions. Since 1988, Mystery Science Theater 3000 has shaped our culture and snark as much as Seinfeld, Friends or The Simpsons. The venerable...

Joel Hodgson And Emily Marsh On Season 13 Of Mystery Science Theater 3000 [Interview]

The 11th and 12th seasons of "Mystery Science Theater 3000," now available on Netflix, were a reboot of the series wherein the premise was kept in tact — a space-bound blue collar prisoner is forced to watch, and joke about, extremely bad movies by a pair of mad scientists — but the setting and the cast changed. Jonah Ray was now the central host of the show, the voices of the robots were replaced by a new team of comedians (Baron Vaughn and Hampton Yount), and the mad scientists (Felicia Day and Patton Oswalt) were the children of the original mad scientists. Backed by a Kickstarter campaign, the two Netflix seasons were well-received by fans, and the cast took to production surprisingly well. Show creator Joel Hodgson was impressed.

Joel Hodgson Had A Good Reason For Reviving Mystery Science Theater 3000

The "watching bad movies with several funny friends" premise was simply too good to leave behind, and every cast member on the show participated in "MST3K"-like projects for years thereafter. The show's creator, Joel Hodgson, teamed up with Mary Jo Pehl, Trace Beaulieu, Frank Conniff, and J. Elvis Weinstein to create "Cinematic Titanic," a riffing show wherein the cast was seen in silhouette, like on "MST3K," and were beholden to an evil, ill-defined corporate entity. Meanwhile, Mike Nelson, Bill Corbett, and Kevin Murphy formed "The Film Crew" wherein the trio was forced to make commentary tracks by a deranged billionaire. The Film Crew, along with Pehl and Bridget Nelson, would also be the primary participants in the successful Rifftrax enterprise, which provided humorous commentaries on old, bad movies, but also sold downloadable audio files to be played alongside big-budget Hollywood blockbusters (quite an innovative idea).

'Mystery Science Theater 3000' Season 13 Image Tease Joel Hodgson's Return

Huzzah! Mystery Science Theater 3000 is creeping closer to its Season 13 premiere. Today, the show’s Twitter account released a teaser photo for fans who have been waiting anxiously for more information surrounding the return of the beloved series. The image shows the iconic red jumpsuit worn by original host Joel Robinson, who was played by the show’s creator, Joel Hodgson.