Crowdsourcing Mornings: Bring Back Mystery Science Theater 3000


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This is Crowdsourcing Mornings! This post takes place every weekday morning and highlights one crowdsourcing project I liked from Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or other crowdsourcing websites.

Once upon a time, a television series called MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 was born.  They debuted on Minneapolis’ KTMA, local television, on Thanksgiving Day 1988, as the world was in the final throes of Teddy Ruxpin-mania. That was almost thirty years ago, but for some reason, people still seem to like the show – it’s a mitzvah!  Their show has had a long, strange run. Across a UHF channel, a cable network, cancellation, a feature film, then another cable network, the show lasted for 12 years, two generations of hosts and puppeteers, 2 Emmy nominations and a total of 197 episodes before they got canceled again for good in 1999. Sadly, it was just as Prince predicted.  But maybe that’s not where it all ends.

With your help, they can create a new season of MST3K, prove there’s still an audience, and maybe even convince a network to bring them back for more.  As soon as they reach their minimum goal of $2,000,000, they’ll be able to make three new feature length episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000. But then, for each additional $1.1 million they raise, they can make three more… up to a full season of 12 episodes!  If they can raise even more than that, they would love to shoot some (or all) of the new season LIVE in front of an audience – and maybe even stream the show live on the internet!  Okay. It’s time for him to put away the grease gun and give you your marching orders.  If any of this rings true to you, they need your help now to spread the word. Back in the day, every episode of MST3K ended with a message that encouraged fans to “Keep Circulating the Tapes.” And you guys did.

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As of November 11th, this project has raised around $1 million of their $2 million goal. This project only has 30 days left to raise the $2 million or it will not be funded!  For a pledge of $25, you will get access to their first episode.  For a pledge of $35, you will get a digital download of the first episode.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mst3k/bringbackmst3k

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