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MST3K Weekly Update: December 13-22, 2021
almost 2 years ago – Fri, Dec 24, 2021 at 05:07:02 PM

In This Update

  •  Production: LA Filming Wraps! Cast photo shoot! LA "load-out"!
  •  Kickstarter News: Holiday cards + digital episode downloads arrive!
  •  Gizmoplex News: Volunteer sign-up for beta testing begins!
  •  Meet the Team: Ross Bryant, Writer!

Season’s Greetings!

It’s Wednesday, December 22nd: do you know where your raisin snail is? Lesley and Ivan here,  with the latest news from behind the scenes at MST3K. Also, we know this update is a few days later than usual, but that's because we held off on sending it until we could include this announcement:

This afternoon, we'll start emailing the first DIGITAL EPISODE REWARDS through BackerKit, so that you can redeem and watch classic MST3K episodes over the holidays! 

More on that in the Kickstarter section below, but now let's get down to business with a complete roundup of what we've been doing for the past 1.5 weeks. 


LA FILMING IS WRAPPED: Last Monday, we wrapped up our final day of shooting in Los Angeles with a shoot focused on getting all of the remaining scenes we needed with Patton and Felicia, since they aren't available during our final shooting block in February. That means we need to have all of their scenes for the season shot… and now, we do!

Patton and Felicia spreading some seasonal cheer. (Or fear.)
Rebecca getting transformed into Synthia Forrester.
A few props from our final day of shooting for y’all to puzzle over. No hints.
Synthia attends to Kinga. As usual. We have no idea what they were looking at.
Pearl and her original clone. The resemblance is uncanny.

LA PROMOTIONAL PHOTO SHOOT: In addition to finishing up the LA filming, we also brought in the whole LA-based gang for a promotional photo shoot, to get official "Season 13 portraits" taken by a professional photographer. Those shots will end up being used later for everything from press releases to cover art for the Season 13 box set, so we need to make sure we've got great, high-resolution options to work from. (Believe it or not, the prosumer smartphone shots we feature in those updates aren't sufficient for all of the show's needs!)

Jonah’s almost ready for his closeup; Our lunch area got converted into a photo studio.

LOS ANGELES "LOAD OUT": Even though we wrapped filming in LA on Monday, a lot of our crew were back bright and early on Tuesday for "load-out", which is the process of breaking down and packing up all of the equipment, sets, props, and costumes that we needed for production, so that another production can "load in" the next day and start using the same space. While this process is a little bit simpler when we're using a green screen instead of massive physical sets that need to be disassembled, there's still a lot to be done.

Working with Matt McGinnis, Anuardi Cantre (our LA prop master), and Caitlyn Carradine (our LA costume designer), we evaluated all of the props and costumes on set, deciding what needed to get shipped back to Alternaversal in Pennsylvania, what should be moved into storage in Los Angeles, and what could get thrown out.

These are some of the props that we sorted through. You'll see most of them on-screen next year.
Matt and Caitlyn sort through costumes; you never know what you'll find in a wardrobe department.
We also sorted through a lot of costumes from Seasons 11 + 12 that have been in storage.
A rare glimpse of the mythical storage unit where most of our props, costumes + models live between seasons.

We also set aside a lot of the more interesting "one-time" items – props and costumes that were so specific to a single scene that we're unlikely to need them again. We're still figuring out our exact plans for those items, but we're hoping to make some of them available as auction items for future fundraising, or as give-away prizes during next year's live Gizmoplex events. Stay tuned for more on that!


1. REWARD SURVEYS: 3400 unanswered surveys remaining. This is your weekly reminder: if you haven’t filled out your BackerKit reward survey yet, we’re now more than three months past the deadline, and need your answers ASAP in order to include your rewards in our main wave of reward shipments early next year.And, even if all of your rewards are digital, we still aren't able to send them along until your survey is complete and locked – so if you want to start watching your digital episode rewards now, be sure to finish and submit your survey post-haste. 

If you haven’t finished (or received) your BackerKit reward survey yet, please follow these instructions to get it re-sent, and then submit it ASAP.

And if you have submitted your survey, don't worry: we're not delaying manufacturing or reward shipments while we wait, so the unanswered surveys won't affect your rewards! We promise.

2. HOLIDAY CARDS should arrive starting this week! While we don't want to ruin the surprise by sharing the design, we're pleased to confirm that our first "physical reward" – the MST3K HOLIDAY CARD – went into the mail on schedule!

We've blurred a lot of this photo so that you can't make out the illustration, but imagine a warehouse with 20+ boxes like this, holding over 30,000 cards: 

They're less blurry in person, we swear.

So, if your rewards included a card – and if the USPS doesn't collapse under the weight of holiday shipments – it should reach your mailbox over the next week or two!

Please note that we aren't able to provide individual tracking numbers for these, since they were sent via regular postal mail to keep the shipping costs manageable. If your card doesn't show up by late January, please follow these instructions for getting help.

And when your card does show up, feel free to post a selfie with your card – tag @MST3K on Twitter and Instagram, and include the hashtag #Season13Greetings so we'll be sure to see it!

3. DIGITAL EPISODE DOWNLOADS will be available this week! Finally, the news a lot of you have been waiting for: If your Kickstarter rewards included the #MakeMoreMST3K BACKER or DELUXE packs of classic episodes – or if you selected digital downloads of MST3K as add-on rewards, or holiday gifts for a loved one – the wait is almost over!

Starting this afternoon, we'll be distributing digital download codes through BackerKit, which will let you redeem and access your digital downloads through VHX!

First, here's when you can expect to receive your digital episode reward codes:

  •  CLASSIC EPISODE PACKS available this afternoon, 12/22. 
  •  SEASON 11 and SEASON 12 available Wednesday, 12/23. 
  •  ULTIMATE DIGITAL COLLECTION available Thursday, 12/24. 

This means that you will be able to deliver all of these digital episodes in time for Christmas, so if you still want to grab a last-minute gift – or if you still need a printable gift certificate for episodes you've already ordered – we've got you covered:

(Already grabbed a digital gift? Don't forget to print or send a free PDF holiday gift certificate!)

Here are a few important things you should know:

  •  If you're not sure how to redeem your DIGITAL REWARD CODES and access your digital MST3K episodes, here are some simple, step-by-step instructions.
  •  You'll get an email from BackerKit when your digital reward codes are ready. That email will include a link to access all of your available digital rewards on BackerKit. When you click that link, you'll find a unique link to claim your digital episodes.
  •  Your digital episodes will be added to your MST3K collection on VHX. For now, you'll be able to stream and download your classic episodes by logging into VHX, our video distribution partner. Once the Gizmoplex launches, you'll be able to access your personal collection of episodes there too.
  •  If you already have a VHX account, we suggest using it to claim your new rewards. That way, your entire MST3K collection will be available in a single account, instead of several different accounts. (Not sure if you have a VHX account? Check here.)
  •  We are not distributing the new Season 13 episodes yet. Even if we wanted to, we couldn't, since we haven't finished shooting and editing them! If your rewards include digital access to Season 13, we'll follow up with more instructions before the season premieres on March 4, 2022.


While we still have a few months left until March, when we'll premiere of the first episode of Season 13 – and the Gizmoplex! – we've been hard at work preparing for beta testing.

Over the next week, we'll invite a very small first group of beta testers to log in and start using a few major Gizmoplex features. Then, if nothing explodes or catches on fire, our plan is to expand the beta test throughout January and February, leading up to our public launch of the new website and apps at the beginning of March 2022 – just in time for the season premiere!

To volunteer as a beta tester for the Gizmoplex website, please fill out this form.

We can't promise that we'll be able to invite all volunteers to participate, but we'll do our best to keep you informed about what's going on, and to let you know if we're able to include you in the testing.


Looking for new friends? Want to share some holiday cheer (or dread) with a family of thousands of like-minded folks? You'll find all that and more on the official MST3K FORUMS, and you can join for free here

Here's a small sample of active topics from the past week:


Where is the TIME BUBBLE TOUR spending the holidays, you inquire? The next two weeks of upcoming dates are:

  •  Dec 22: Los Angeles, CA - The Theatre at Ace Hotel - BUY TICKETS 
  •  Dec 26: San Diego, CA - Balboa Theatre - BUY TICKETS 
  •  Dec 29: Mesa, AZ - Ikeda Theater - BUY TICKETS 
  •  Jan 2: Bellingham, WA - Mount Baker Theatre - BUY TICKETS 
  •  Jan 3: Eugene, OR - Hult Center - BUY TICKETS 

And as always, you can see all of the currently-announced dates and theaters on our tour website at


Each week, we’re introducing you to another member of the MST3K team. This week, it's...

Ross Bryant, Writer

1. In a sentence or two, what do you do on MST3K? I'm a writer for MST3K. Truly a dream come true.

2. What do you love most about your job? The fun, supportive and collaborative atmosphere of the MST3K writers' room is really special.  It's such a joy watching ideas and jokes bounce around from mind to mind getting funnier and funnier, even as you slog your way through a movie like {MOVIE NAME REDACTED TO AVOID SEASON 13 SPOILERS}.

3. Tell us a fun fact about you. For a period in the mid-2010s I ran an experimental music cassette label out of my apartment.

4. Do you have some other favorite projects you’ve worked on, if people want to see more of your work and support you? I'm also an actor and improviser.  I pop up on TV every now and then, and I perform in LA and around the country with The Improvised Shakespeare Company.  Look us up if we come to your town!

5. Any social media handles we can list, for people who want to follow / support you? Follow me on Instagram @rossbb if you wanna see lots of cartoons, and pictures of my corgi, Rarebit.

That’s all we’ve got for this week... and since many of you will now have digital episode downloads to satisfy your MST3K needs, we're now going to take the next few weeks off for a much-needed holiday break. 

So, while we'll do our best to keep up with Backer Support requests to [email protected], this will be our final weekly update for this year! We'll see you again when weekly updates resume in early January, as we prepare for our final block of shooting in Pennsylvania in February.

As always, join us in the dedicated Kickstarter section of the forums, where you'll find threads to discuss this update, ask questions, and find out about all sorts of other #MakeMoreMST3K-related topics. And no matter what you believe in, we hope you have yourself a merry little Patrick Swayze Christmas. See you in January, friends.

Your Most Secret of Santas,

Lesley & Ivan

MST3K Weekly Update: Dec 6 - Dec 10, 2021:
almost 2 years ago – Tue, Dec 14, 2021 at 02:10:54 AM

In This Update

  •  Production: Shoots continue in LA and PA + what happens next?
  •  Kickstarter News: Holiday cards + shipping costs, virtual set visits, episode downloads
  •  Reward Preview: Sneak peek at the Kingavision 3D Glasses!
  •  Meet the Team: David Nonini, Transcriptionist

Bonjour, Mes Amis!

It’s the best part of your week (maybe): your weekly MST3K backer update! Ivan and Lesley here, back with the latest news and behind-the-scenes photos, plus answers to a lot of your questions about Kickstarter rewards, so there’s no time to waste: let’s get cracking!


  •  LA FILMING ALMOST COMPLETE: Things continue to move at a breakneck pace, but we’re pleased to report that Jonah, Baron, and Hampton have now completed recording the host segments for their episodes, along with all of our “sponsor advertisements” and a bunch of additional material that will appear in the Gizmoplex. We’ve also finished shooting all of the scenes featuring M. Waverly and Growler, and are nearly finished with all of the scenes involving Pearl Forrester and Dr. Erdhardt… and everyone is really happy with how things are turning out. 
Crow, Jonah and Tom rehearsing a scene.
Jonah gets touched up; Matt McGinnis checks a shot; the set during lunch.
When we’re shooting the Mads and other full-body shots, the desk joins the rest of our props “backstage”.
Growler and Waverly in their dressing rooms, waiting to be called to set.

And, because we know that some of you have a fascination with seeing our craft service table and knowing what snacks are available during production, this shoot was where we discovered that there’s a specific, awkwardly named pastry that no one enjoys:

This went on for two weeks. No one ever ate them.
  •  MODEL SHOOT COMPLETE: Over the past week, Joel and the Alternaversal Team also staged and completed all of the model shots needed for Season 13, including some ambitious new visuals set on the surface of the moon. We don’t want to spoil too much of what Joel’s got planned, but here are a few behind-the-scenes shots to give you a small idea of what you might see in the new episodes:
The “undressed” table used for most of the model shots.
A moonscape in perspective, with A/C controls on the wall behind.
Miniature supervisor Dylan Pecora “laying pipe” to transport Kingachrome.
Joel and Sharyl (Alternaversal COO) laughing in between setups.
  •  WHAT’S NEXT? Today (Monday), we’re shooting one final day of footage with Kinga, Max, and Pearl, and then we’ll be wrapped in Los Angeles for this season! At that point, we’ll release most of our cast and crew for a few weeks of well-deserved holiday break, and production will “go dark” until early February, when we’re scheduled for two more weeks of production back in Philadelphia. During January, some of our team will be focused on preparing some final props and costumes for the remaining episodes, while our post-production team starts reviewing and editing everything we’ve already shot.
  •  WHAT’S LEFT? During our final shoot in February, we’ll be focused on getting all of Joel’s episodes done, capturing some additional material for our first 3-D episode, and then finishing up with our most ambitious episode: the holiday special season finale, which will also be the first episode ever to feature three hosts riffing a single movie. 


1. REWARD SURVEYS: 3440 unanswered surveys remaining.

Once again: if you haven’t filled out your BackerKit reward survey yet, this is your weekly reminder that we’re almost three months past the deadline, and need your answers ASAP in order to include your rewards in our main wave of reward shipments early next year. If you haven’t finished (or received) your BackerKit reward survey yet, please follow these instructions to get it re-sent, and then submit it ASAP.

2. HOLIDAY CARDS: Going in the mail this week for 29,054 backers.

If your rewards include the MST3K HOLIDAY CARD, you should have received an email from BackerKit about 10 days ago, notifying you that we were about to “lock addresses to send your rewards,” which gave you a chance to update your mailing address if it was no longer accurate. Since we aren’t able to customize those emails, here are a few things you should know:

  •  The HOLIDAY CARDS are the only reward shipping out this year.  While the email seemed to suggest all of your rewards were shipping, this was just for the holiday card. Most of the other Kickstarter rewards are still being produced, and as of now, we’re expecting to ship them in mid-to-late February 2022.
  •  You’ll be able to update your SHIPPING ADDRESS before we send the other rewards. We know that some of you will move to different addresses before the next rewards go out. Don’t worry! Starting next week – as soon as all of the holiday cards are in the mail – you’ll be able to update your own shipping address again.
  •  Didn’t get to update your address before we sent the holiday card? Make sure you’ve requested mail forwarding (at least in the USA), so that the USPS can forward the holiday card along to your new address. If you don’t receive it by mid-to-late January, email our Support Team at [email protected] to let us know.

And, as noted in the last update: If we didn’t receive your completed reward survey before we sent the cards off to the mailing house, you’ll still get your card! We’ll just include it with all of the other rewards shipping out early next year.

3. PAYING FOR SHIPPING: Starting this week, BackerKit will request credit card info.

As you might recall, we have not collected shipping costs for physical rewards yet. This is mostly because – due to COVID – shipping costs have been fluctuating a lot. So, to make sure we don’t over or undercharge you for shipping costs, we’ve been waiting until we’re almost ready to ship everything out to collect them.

That said, you may get emails from BackerKit starting this coming week, which will ask you to provide a credit card number that can be charged when we do collect your shipping costs for physical rewards.

We will notify you before any shipping costs are collected, but if you want to be sure to get your rewards shipped ASAP, you should follow the email instructions and provide a card in advance.

4. VIRTUAL SET VISITS will resume in January.

If your rewards include access to our VIRTUAL SET VISITS, you might be wondering about the plan for the additional sessions we promised. Our original plan was to livestream at least one virtual set visit per month in November and December, but – as you can tell – we haven’t been able to stick to that schedule, and we apologize for not updating you sooner with our plan.

We’ve also been thinking about how to solve two challenges with virtual set visits:

  • First, we’ve realized that broadcasting a livestream direct from set could end up being disruptive, both to the performers (who would feel more self-conscious and distracted), and to the studio (since it would take up a huge part of their internet connection).
  • Second, a lot of you have asked if we could move virtual set visits to weekends or evenings, since it’s hard to participate in livestreams during work hours. The challenge, of course, is that most of the production work happens during work hours.

To deal with both of these concerns – and to make sure you still get to see everything we wanted to share with you during these “virtual set visit” sessions  – we ended up deciding to record a feed from set “live to tape.” As a result, starting in January, we’ll be able to schedule the remaining virtual set visits outside of normal working hours.

For our next session, we’ll share an hour of footage recorded live on set during our riff shoots, then have some of our cast and crew join for a live Q&A session to talk about the process. We’re finalizing the schedule with our Q&A guests now, and should be able to share more details next week. In the meantime, we appreciate your patience and understanding.

5. Your CLASSIC MST3K DOWNLOADS are coming before Christmas!

With winter vacation approaching, we also know that some of you are itching to start downloading and watching your CLASSIC BONUS EPISODE rewards, which were included in most pledge packages at EXPERIMENT 150 and above, as well as through Add-On Rewards.

We’re just finishing up the last steps involved in preparing those episodes now, so you should be able to download them starting no later than December 22.

And, if you claimed digital downloads of SEASON 11 and/or SEASON 12 as Add-On Rewards, those should also be available starting at the same time.

The ULTIMATE MST3K DIGITAL COLLECTION – which includes over 120 classic episodes – might take a little bit longer, but we’ll do everything we can to make it available by December 25th, in case you’re planning to give it as a Christmas gift.

So, if you’re still in need of some last minute gift options, we’ve got you covered.

Grab any of these last-minute DIGITAL ADD-ONS right now, and we’ll have a PDF gift certificate available to download and print starting tomorrow:


Finally, just to give you one more thing to look forward to next year, we’ve got a preview of the finished design for the KINGAVISION 3D GLASSES:

As a reminder, these cutting-edge anaglyphic 3D GLASSES were added as a free bonus reward for all backers who pledged during the Kickstarter campaign – but if your pledge rewards didn’t include them, or you want to get extra pairs for friends and family, you still can!


Where is the MST3K Live TIME BUBBLE TOUR headed next week? We’re so glad you asked!

You can see all the currently-announced dates and theaters on our tour website at


Have you checked out the new official MST3K forums yet? Join up here if you’d like to check it out. Here are a few delicious threads from the past week:


Each week, we’re introducing you to another member of the MST3K team. This week, it's...

David Nonini, Transcriptionist

1. In a sentence or two, what do you do on MST3K? I work as a transcriptionist in the writer's room, where I compile and organize the riffs for the films.

2. What do you love most about your job? As a longtime fan of the show, it's been an awesome experience witnessing the creative process that goes into making the riffs for the show, and it has been fun working with the incredibly funny and talented writers that make it possible! I think the fans will be very happy with the upcoming season!

3. Tell us a fun fact about you. When I'm not working on MST3K, I am an amateur Titanic historian and an aspiring musician. You can follow me on Facebook!

That’s all for the week in review, friends! As always, please join us on the dedicated forum thread with your questions and feedback. And have a wonderful week to come!

Your correspondents,

Ivan & Lesley

MST3K Weekly Update: Nov 29 - Dec 3, 2021
almost 2 years ago – Wed, Dec 08, 2021 at 01:50:15 PM

In This Update

  • Season 13 Lineup Revealed!
  • Season 13 premieres on MARCH 4, 2022!
  •  Meet the Team: Mike Norton, Production Designer

Ahoy mateys!

We’ve completed another week of season 13 production on our Los Angeles, and as things have been so wildly busy, Lesley here with a slightly briefer update than usual, with plans to return to our usual thoroughness later this week. Anchors aweigh!


We are thrilled with how many of you tuned in for our super-sized Turkey Day marathon. Besides watching eight classic episodes and sharing a slew of new host segments with Jonah, Emily, and the bots, we also announced all thirteen movies we’ll be riffing in the upcoming season of MST3K, premiering next year in the Gizmoplex.

In case you weren’t able to hang with us – or stay awake! – for the whole marathon, we’re sharing the whole list with you now. We realize not everyone can sit around and watch all day, so we’re also making the first twelve hours of the marathon available on YouTube for your convenient viewing pleasure. (YouTube only archives the first twelve hours of a livestream, unfortunately.) 

And because some of you asked for it, we’ve also uploaded a supercut of just the new host segments for this year’s marathon.

And now, the film lineup for Season 13:

  • Santo in the Treasure of Dracula
  • Robot Wars
  • Beyond Atlantis
  • Munchie
  • Dr. Mordrid
  • Demon Squad
  • Gamera vs. Jiger
  • Batwoman
  • The Million Eyes of Sumuru
  • The Shape of Things to Come
  • The Mask 3D
  • The Bubble
  • The Christmas Dragon

You can check out teasers for all of these movies here. And, if you didn't stick around until the very end, you might have missed one more big announcement:

Season 13 will premiere on March 4, 2022!

We hope you’re as excited as we are! Come let us know in the epic Turkey Day Open Thread on the forums.


Have you checked out the new official MST3K forums yet? Join up here if you’d like to check it out. Here are a few thought-provoking threads from the past week:


The Time Bubble Tour continues to wind its merry way across the country! Here’s where Emily and the gang will be next week:

Also, a reminder that the tour is coming to Los Angeles to play at The Theater at the Ace Hotel on December 22, and tickets are still available!

You can see all the currently-announced dates and theaters on our tour website at


Each week, we’re introducing you to another member of the MST3K team. This week, it's...

Mike Norton, Production Designer

1. In a sentence or two, what do you do on MST3K? I think I'm a production designer? I don’t know, I draw and design silly things for people to make and laugh at!

2. What do you love most about your job? I’ve been watching MST3K since I was in junior high school, and have developed a severe love for only the most cheesy of films. Making stuff for the show is honestly a dream come true. Everybody is pretty nice too!

3. Tell us a fun fact about you. My high school art teacher once stabbed me in the chest with an x-acto knife. I don't think he meant to, so I didn't let it deter me from becoming a comic book artist as a career!

That’s all for last week, friends -- and as soon as we survive the rest of this week's production gauntlet, we'll be back to update you on production, Kickstarter reward progress, holiday cards, the timing for distributing your "classic bonus episode" rewards, the plan for more Virtual Set Visits, and more!

In the meantime – as always, join us on the dedicated forum thread for this update to share your questions and feedback.

Your correspondents,

Lesley & Ivan

MST3K Turkey Day Marathon starts tomorrow at 9am ET / 6am PT… and we’ll reveal the FULL SEASON 13 LINEUP!
about 2 years ago – Thu, Nov 25, 2021 at 01:30:14 AM

Dear MST3K Friends & Family,

Turkey Day is nearly here, so we’re sending one last invitation:

Please join us tomorrow, NOVEMBER 25, for our annual MST3K TURKEY DAY MARATHON!

Starting at 9am ET / 6am PT, and running all day long, we’ll be serving up EIGHT EPISODES of MST3K, plus some BIG news!

If you don’t already know, Turkey Day (or “Thanksgiving,” if you prefer) is an important milestone for Mystery Science Theater, since the very first episode of the show premiered on Thanksgiving in 1988. So, it’s not just a holiday in the United States: it’s also our birthday! And this year, we’re turning… 33, apparently?

Anyway, for this year’s Turkey Day Marathon, we’ll be running EIGHT CLASSIC EPISODES back-to-back, with half of them chosen by our team, and the other half by you: the viewers! Plus, to keep things festive, we’ve also got all-new host segments featuring Jonah, Emily, Tom Servo (Conor McGiffin), Crow (Nate Begle), and GPC2 (Yvonne Freese)!

And if you want something extra to look forward to, you’ll want to stay tuned in all day, because we’ll also be revealing ALL THIRTEEN MOVIES that our cast will be riffing next year in the Gizmoplex for our next all-new season of MST3K!

Where To Watch

This year, the MST3K Turkey Day Marathon will be streaming live across a lot of great streaming services and platforms, including...

  • The Shout! Factory TV App, on Apple TV, Roku, and Amazon Fire. Download the app to your device, then navigate to the MST3K 24/7 channel to begin watching.
  • Or: YouTube, Twitch, PlutoTV (Channel 488), Redbox,, LocalNow, Xumo, Roku (Channel 336) STIRR (Channel 149), Vizio, PLEX and TCL TVs!

Join the Conversation

Planning to stick around for the entire marathon, and want to share it with some good MST-loving folk? Us too!

Speaking on behalf of the entire MST3K team, this year what we’re most grateful for is you, the backers, and your continued support of MST3K -- and if you want to share what you’re most thankful for, there’s a community thread on the forums right now to share in!

Now loosen your belt, find a comfortable place to sit, and we’ll see you tomorrow.

Happy Turkey Day, everyone!

MST3K Weekly Update: Nov. 15-19, 2021
about 2 years ago – Sun, Nov 21, 2021 at 09:04:26 PM

In This Update

  •  Production: Progress in LA + unexpected setbacks.
  •  Kickstarter News: Holiday cards + final overstock discovered!
  •  Gizmoplex News: A look at the logotype design for classic episodes
  •  Turkey Day Marathon: Join us on Thursday starting at 9am ET / 6pm PT.
  •  Meet the Team: Paul Sabourin, Writer & Musician

Gobble Gobble, Friends!

It’s almost time for our annual Turkey Day Marathon, and the reveal of ALL 13 MOVIES we’ll be riffing next season… but that’s still a few days away. Right now, it’s time for your weekly update. Ivan and Lesley here with the latest news, so let’s see what’s on the menu today.


FILMING IN PROGRESS: We had another productive week of shooting in Los Angeles, where Jonah, Baron and Hampton completed recording on the riff segments for all of their episodes, along with a few episodes’ worth of host segments.

Recording the riff for (the already revealed) “Gamera vs Jiger.”
It might LOOK like Baron is resting. He’s actually just staying out of the shot.
Back in black (for silhouette shots). Photo from @jonahray Instagram.

NEW CHALLENGES: As all shows do, we’ve also had our share of unexpected production hiccups. This week, that included a FedEx shipment of props that went missing, and didn’t show up several days after we were scheduled to use them for host segments, as well as some last-minute scheduling adjustments when a few members of our cast and crew tested positive for COVID. (Nothing to be worried about, we promise: everyone was vaccinated and are feeling mostly fine, but there are a lot of strict quarantine protocols that have to be followed to prevent further spread.) Fortunately – with special credit due to our producers and directors – we were able to shuffle the order of shooting on a few scenes, so we’re still pretty much on schedule.

MEANWHILE, OFF SET: The team that wasn’t on set in Los Angeles this week has been hard at work on a lot of different tasks, including:

  • Finishing the editing for this year’s Turkey Day host segments
  • Putting the final touches on teasers for each of our 13 NEW MOVIES!
  • Working out the details for next year’s 12 BONUS LIVESTREAM EVENTS
  • Preparing for this season’s big MODEL SHOOT at the Alternaversal offices 


1. REWARD SURVEYS: 3750 unanswered surveys remaining.

As usual, if you haven’t filled out your BackerKit reward survey yet, this is your weekly reminder that we’re now two months past the deadline, and need your answers ASAP in order to include your rewards in our initial manufacturing runs. If you haven’t finished (or received) your BackerKit reward survey yet, please follow these instructions to get it re-sent, and then submit it ASAP.

2. HOLIDAY CARDS: Double-check your address by NOVEMBER 27.

As promised last week, the HOLIDAY CARD reward is now at the printers, and it’s looking beautiful. We don’t want to ruin the surprise and share the original artwork yet, but we can’t wait for you to see it – and we’re on track to get them all into the mail in early December!

If your rewards include the MST3K HOLIDAY CARD, and you want to double-check your address to make sure we’re sending it to the right place, the deadline is next Saturday, NOVEMBER 27. On Sunday, we’ll be sending the list of addresses to the mailing house, and that’s where your holiday card will be sent.

If your rewards include a HOLIDAY CARD and we have not yet received your completed reward survey, or a mailing address, we will include your card with any other rewards we ship you.

Please note: You WILL be able to update your address again before we send out the next round of rewards. So, if you want the HOLIDAY CARD sent to one address, and everything else sent to another address, you’ll be able to update it again.

3. We found an extra stash of overstock MST3K MIMOBOTS and TOTE BAGS!

As part of the reward fulfillment process, we’ve also been pulling all of our remaining overstock rewards out of storage, making sure they’re still in good shape, and getting them ready to send to our warehouse to include with your other rewards.

This week, while sorting all of the MST3K MIMOBOT USB DRIVES into pairs, bagging them, and adding barcodes – the warehouse requires them for more accurate tracking – we discovered that we actually had about 80 extra pairs:

So, if you want to claim one of the FINAL sets of these #BringBackMST3K Kickstarter overstock originals – a pair of 8GB USB flash drives designed to look like your favorite robot friends – you’ve got one last chance: grab the final sets as an Add-On Reward now!

And, if you were hoping for one of the beautiful full-color “MST3K: THE GAUNTLET TOTE BAGS” from our Season 12 pledge drive, we also found a final box with 20 more:

Measuring 17.5” x 16”, with the NEW MST3K MOON and the official poster artwork from The Gauntlet, these bags will be perfect for carrying all of the other Kickstarter rewards we’ll be shipping out next year. So, last chance: grab one of the final tote bags now!


As we mentioned during the Kickstarter campaign, one of the main features of the Gizmoplex is that you’ll be able to browse, sort and view your personal collection of MST3K episodes, which will include any episodes you got as rewards during our Kickstarters or pledge drive, as well as any episodes that you decide to buy or rent from the Gizmoplex Video Store.

However, if you’ve ever streamed MST3K episodes on VHX – the platform that we used to deliver your episode rewards in the past – then you already know that browsing your collection isn’t the most visual or intuitive experience. Until now, browsing your collection of episodes on VHX presented you with a Netflix-like grid of episodes, where each title looks identical:

And while that was a good “starter” solution when we first set VHX up back in 2016, we felt like the Gizmoplex – and even the artwork on VHX – needed to look a little more exciting than that. So, we’ve been working through all of the movies’ title screens and original promotional posters for inspiration, and have been preparing new logotypes for each movie.

So, when you start receiving your digital episode downloads – both for new and classic episodes – they’ll all have unique artwork that makes them easier to tell apart. We’re not finished with all of them yet, but here are some samples of movies from the first few seasons:

To make episodes easier to browse and find, we’ve also been adding a lot of useful metadata to each episode, like descriptions, episode numbers, film genres, featured actors and characters, and more. So, if you want to quickly find an MST3K episode featuring giant monsters, spaceships or super spies, or just your favorite host or invention exchange, that should be a lot easier than before.

If you already own some episodes in VHX, you may start to see their artwork update over the next few weeks. That’s because, even once the Gizmoplex launches, we still intend to use VHX / Vimeo OTT as the underlying engine to manage all of our video content, cover art and metadata. So, whether you end up preferring the Gizmoplex website, our upcoming apps, or the original VHX / Vimeo website, you’ll still benefit from upgraded cover art and metadata.


Well, this year's TURKEY DAY TOURNAMENT has come to a close, all of the votes have been cast, and the winner(s) have been selected!

This year, Prince of Space dominated the competition to claim the top spot – and it's one of four fan-selected episodes that will be included in this year's Turkey Day Marathon broadcast. 

The four fan-selected movies for this year will be...

  • The Magic Voyage of Sinbad
  • Hercules vs the Moon Men
  • The Brain That Wouldn’t Die
  • Prince of Space

And here’s your reminder that Turkey Day, our annual Thanksgiving cheesy-movie binge, happens next week. You definitely don’t want to miss this year’s event, as throughout the marathon we’ll be revealing all thirteen movies to be riffed in season 13 with help from Jonah, Emily, and the bots!

Join us for this year’s Turkey Day Marathon on Thursday, November 25, starting at 9am ET / 6am PT.

This year, our Turkey Day Marathon features EIGHT back-to-back episodes: four chosen by you, and four chosen by us here at MST3K! You can get all the details, including the platforms where you can watch, at


Where’s the Time Bubble Tour headed next week? We’re so glad you asked!

You can see all the currently-announced dates and theaters on our tour website at


Pssst, you might have heard, we’ve got these official MST3K forums! Join up here if you’d like to check it out. Here are a few delicious threads from the past week:


Each week, we’re introducing you to another member of the MST3K team. This week, it's...

 Paul Sabourin, Writer & Musician 

Photo by Steve Petrucelli

1. In a sentence or two, what do you do on MST3K? In addition to writing on numerous episodes over the past three seasons, my music partner Storm and I have written many of the songs from them as well. I’ve also worked as the show’s “music coordinator,” helping oversee the filming of songs, helping out during the editing process, and so forth.

2. What do you love most about your job? I’ve said this elsewhere, but it’s worth repeating… back in 1991, when I first saw MST3K (“Catalina Caper” was the first one I saw), I literally said how it would be a dream job to write for that show. All these years later, to have been able to be a part of this show’s legacy is a true honor and pleasure.

3. Tell us a fun fact about you. According to my Letterboxd list, I’ve seen nearly 2,500 movies. Several of them were actually good!

That’s all for this week. Since a lot of our team are traveling next week for the holidays, we won’t be doing our normal weekly “behind the scenes” update next Friday, but don’t worry: we’ll get back to the regular grind after Turkey Day.

In the meantime – and as always – please join us in this week's dedicated forum thread with your feedback and questions. And of course: have a great Turkey Day, everyone!

Your correspondents,

Ivan & Lesley