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'Mystery Science Theater 3000' Nabs $6 Million in Record Crowdfunding Campaign

The total surpassed the $5.7 million raised in 2013 for a "Veronica Mars" movie.

Jason Del Rey has been a business journalist for 15 years and has covered Amazon, Walmart, and the e-commerce industry for the last decade. He was a senior correspondent at Vox.

“MST3K” fans, rejoice. “Mystery Science Theater 3000” is coming back.

The science fiction comedy series has raised more than $6 million, including $5.76 million in a Kickstarter campaign that ended Friday night, to reboot the cult classic with 14 new episodes. The total is believed to make this the largest crowdfunding campaign ever for a video project, surpassing the $5.7 million raised in 2013 for a “Veronica Mars” movie.

The series was created by writer and comedian Joel Hodgson in 1988 when it premiered on a local Minneapolis channel before getting a national audience on the cable network formerly known as the Comedy Channel. It then ran for a few years on The Sci-Fi Channel before its cancellation in 1999.

The new season will feature a new cast including actor Patton Oswalt, and potential cameos by Jerry Seinfeld and Jack Black, Hodgson has said. It’s not clear where the new episodes will be released, but “MST3K” apparently has enough fans willing to take that risk.

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