It sounds too good to be true, but the Mystery Science Theater 3000 crew is coming back to television. It’s about time.
Zap2it is reporting that National Geographic is prepping three episodes from the guys of RiffTrax, which is the online snark track project the MST3K stars put together after the show was canceled (for the last time) in 1999. The episodes will feature the ol’ gang: Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy (as Tom Servo) and Bill Corbett (as Crow T. Robot).
Dubbed Total Riff Off, the special will find the gang poking fun at National Geographic programming and footage of animals. A little outside their typical wheelhouse, admittedly, but it could be fun. The episodes are reportedly dubbed “Pig Love,” “Demon Bat” and “Badass Dino Bird.” So, take from that what you will.
Though National Geographic is an admittedly strange landing spot for RiffTrax, the network has been branching out with its programming like most cable nets, and RiffTrax definitely brings some geek cachet. Here’s hoping we’re on the verge of a snarky renaissance.
The three-episode special is set to debut on April 1. So make a note to set your DVR accordingly.