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MST3K Weekly Update: Oct 18-22, 2021. Hello from Week 2 on Set. PLUS: BTS Photo Dump!
11 months ago – Sat, Oct 23, 2021 at 04:02:37 AM

In This Update

  •  Production: Wrapping up shooting in PA. Lots of photos!
  •  Kickstarter: Please submit your overdue reward surveys ASAP!
  •  Events: Turkey Day Voting + RiffTrax Live Halloween show!
  •  Tour News: Arizona, Nevada, Ohio, Georgia!

Helloooooo Backers!

It’s time for your Friday update, and this week’s installment will be a little different, because both Ivan and Lesley have been on set all week for the first block of shooting on the new season of episodes that you made possible. So, here’s what’s happening.


  • We’ve got a small but mighty crew here in an unmarked studio near Philadelphia, and the entire team has spent the past two weeks hard at work filming new episodes that introduce our newest (co-) test subject, Emily Connor (Emily Marsh), and her own versions of Crow (Nate Begle), Servo (Conor McGiffin) and GPC2 (Yvonne Freese).
  • We’ve also been shooting some scenes with Synthia and Mega-Synthia. Originally, we also planned to have Pearl here as well, but due to some last-minute scheduling conflicts, she’ll be joining us on set next month in Los Angeles instead.
  • Jonah has been doing a fantastic job of directing all of the scenes, including a few new musical numbers we can’t wait for you to hear – and with the help of Josh Fruehling (our Assistant Director) and Sarah Morisano (our Unit Production Manager), we’re pretty much right on schedule and on budget!
  • This afternoon, we finished shooting the last scenes we needed for Emily’s episodes… which is good, because on Sunday, this cast will head out for a week of final rehearsals, and then head to cities near you for MST3K LIVE’s TIME BUBBLE TOUR! And even if you caught this cast during the last live tour, you should know that they’re somehow better now, so you’re in for a good time.
  • And, while we don’t have a lot of time to write a more detailed update this week, we have been taking a lot of behind-the-scenes photos for you. See for yourself:
Joel and Matt review some last-minute script revisions.
Costume rack just next to the kitchen, for quick access!
Emily gets prepped for her next scene by Fre, our incredible hair and makeup artist.
A behind-the-scenes look at what is behind the scenes. Literally.
Jonah and Joel confer on the details for a host segment.
You wanted pictures of the snack table? You got 'em.
It's been a long two weeks. GPC2 is all of us.
Jonah and Emily review script revisions before shooting a take.
The greenscreen often needs a paint touchup to remove wear, tear and scuffing.
We're on a tight budget. We only had enough color for Servo.


TURKEY DAY TOURNAMENT 2021: The Turkey Day Tournament continues! As a refresher, for this year’s Turkey Day Marathon, YOU are choosing four of the episodes by voting for your favorites. Here’s where the competition stands as of today.

New votes go up every Tuesday and Friday, and you can always find the current battle on our Turkey Day Tournament site.

RIFFTRAX LIVE: HALLOWEEN SPECIAL: Elsewhere, our pals at RiffTrax — Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett — are heading back to the big screen, with a RiffTrax LIVE Halloween performance of Amityville 4: The Evil Escapes! They'll be broadcasting to over 700 theaters across the U.S. this Tuesday, October, 26th. Visit to find a participating cinema near you!


Some new tour dates for your perusal!

  •  MESA, AZ: Tickets are on sale now! 
  •  RENO, NV: Your tour date will be announced on Monday, October 25 at 10am PST. Your backer presale (code: MVSGN) will run from Tuesday October 26 at 10am PT. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Thursday, October 28 at 10am PT.
  •  YOUNGSTOWN, OH: Your tour date will be announced on Tuesday, October 26 at 10am ET. Your backer presale (code: MVSGN) will run from Wednesday October 27 at 10am ET. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, October 29 at 10am ET.
  •  ATLANTA, GA: Your tour date will be announced on Tuesday, October 26 at 10am ET. Your backer presale (code: MVSGN) will run from Wednesday October 27 at 10am ET. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, October 29 at 10am ET.

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

That’s it for this week. Next week, it’s back to the production office to prepare for our second block of shooting in November – but that means we’ll be able to update you on some of our progress with Kickstarter rewards and Gizmoplex development.

In the meantime, join us on the forum thread for this update, and let us know what you think. Have a restful weekend, all!

Your Correspondents,

Ivan & Lesley

MST3K Weekly Update: Oct 11-15, 2021. PLUS: A Message from Joel!
12 months ago – Sun, Oct 17, 2021 at 01:23:20 AM

In This Update

  •  Production: Done with Week 1! Set Photos + the IATSE Strike
  •  Kickstarter: No news this week. Please submit late surveys ASAP.
  •  Turkey Day 2021: Voting has begun – cast yours now!
  •  PLUS: A Special Message from Joel!

Greetings from Week One on Set!

It’s Friday, and somehow, amidst the intensity of our first week of shooting, Lesley and Ivan (but mostly Lesley) are here with the latest news! It’s going to be a quick one, as we have a lot going on, but let’s get into it, hmm?


  •  DONE WITH WEEK ONE: The big news is that we’ve started shooting, and it’s going fantastic! We’ve recorded the riffs for four episodes and half a dozen shorts, and are now on our second day shooting host segments – which actually puts us 1-2 days ahead of our schedule. That means we’ll have more time to shoot bonus content for the Gizmoplex, Turkey Day, and other surprises. And, while we can't tell you too much about the specifics of what we're shooting, we do have some pictures to give you a sense of what's going on:
Production isn't official until you see a photo of the slate. So, now we're official.
Jonah (director) and Josh (A.D. and producer) watch a take on the screen.
L to R: Producer Matt McGinnis; behind the camera; Crow waiting for his cue (right).
L to R: Jonah, Nate, Emily, Joel & Conor
  •  IATSE STRIKE: In other news, as many of you have seen, IATSE, the union that represents the skilled technicians, artists, and craftspeople behind every American film or television show you watch, as well as many live shows and concerts, has voted to strike on Monday if they cannot reach an agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. IATSE is advocating for stricter limits on the length of the workday, as well as harsher penalties for productions that force their crews to work through meal breaks, and also fair pay for people who work on “new media” streaming services productions.
  • If you’re wondering what that means for MST3K and our production schedule, the short answer is: It won’t affect anything. 
  • There are several reasons for that. We’re a fully non-union shoot, and have no IATSE crew – which means no one involved would be affected by a strike. In addition, our shooting locations on both coasts are not on union backlots, or in facilities that are likely to have picket lines, which means our cast (who are members of SAG-AFTRA and would not want to cross picket lines) won’t be affected either. And – most important – our production already adheres to all of the terms that IATSE is pushing for, and are abiding by all of the labor adjustments they are hoping to negotiate in their new contract.
  • That said, even though MST3K won’t be affected by an IATSE strike, we do want to take a moment to express our unconditional support for their efforts. Without the hard work of IATSE members, most shows wouldn’t get made at all… and everything they’re negotiating for isn’t just reasonable, but essential to ensuring their members’ basic quality of life and safety. If you’d like to read some of the personal stories driving this strike, check out @ia_stories on Instagram.


  •  No news is good news! In this case at least. Ivan is on set this week, and says there are no major Kickstarter related developments, so we’ll resume Kickstarter news in next week’s update. However: if you still haven’t filled out your survey, please do so! 


The Turkey Day Tournament continues! Just as a reminder, YOUR VOTES will choose the four fan-selected episodes for this year’s Turkey Day Marathon (we’ve chosen the other four). In the first battle, The Magic Voyage of Sinbad edged out Lost Continent to advance to the next round.

In today’s match-up, Parts: The Clonus Horror faces off against The Brain That Wouldn’t Die. Cast your vote on our Turkey Day page, or on the forums, and make your feelings known!


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

Finally, we have something different for you to finish out this week’s update: a special message straight from Joel, written this afternoon on set. Keep reading below for that.

Otherwise, that’s that for this week! As always, if you have questions or feedback, come join us on the dedicated forum thread. (Also, Lesley wants to know what you'd most like to see photos of from set — we can't promise anything, but let us know what you're dying to get a look at.)

Thanks for everything, friends, and have a smashing weekend.

Your correspondents,

Lesley & Ivan

Dear MST3K Preservation League,

Hey again, it's Joel. Today marks the end of the first week of our shoot for Season 13, and it has been a tremendous amount of work from many talented parties. I have a few minutes while our writers make some script adjustments, so I thought I’d take a minute to write to you all. 

Josh Fruehling, our Assistant Director, just announced that we’ve got five minutes until we start shooting again, so I’m writing to you from the greenroom of an “off the radar” studio near Philly. More on that later.

Right now everyone is a bit giddy, and we’re doing really fine work, so far. Jonah Ray is doing an incredible job directing these episodes, and guiding the cast to give really beautiful performances. In fact, things are running so smoothly that we’re ending the week slightly ahead of schedule. For a producer such as myself, that’s a good feeling.

I’m also happy to report that everything we’ve been planning for the past year is finally becoming “real” and legible. This afternoon, Emily and the Bots will finish their second full episode, which means – when added up – that we shot over two hundred pages of scripts and riffs this week. Getting these elements recorded represents the work of about a hundred people so far, and from my perspective, the riffs are as good as anything from the Netflix season, and even from many of the well-loved classic seasons.

The sketches are markedly different, though. Emily, Nate, Conor, and Yvonne have chemistry that is unique, probably because they spent months on the road together and did nearly 100 performances during MST3K Live’s The Great Cheesy Movie Circus Tour.  If you saw the last live tour, you know what I’m talking about.

However, they also got a new perspective on MST3K, because they all wrote on many of the episodes this upcoming season. Simply put, they’re now able to be familiar with the material in a way they couldn’t before, and it shows. I’m not going to say anymore about it though, as it’s time to put away the grease gun. All I will say is that they’re doing a terrific job with these new episodes, and I can’t wait to see what they do next.

After we finish shooting next week here in the Philly area, the cast – along with our long-time collaborator and friend Tim Ryder, who will be directing the live tour – will start a week of final rehearsals for the upcoming “Time Bubble Tour,” which starts on October 30th.

Whew. So grateful for the help and support. It’s thanks to all of you that we are here doing this now, and I’m so glad we’ll be able to share these episodes with you.

Cheers and Thanks,


MST3K Weekly Update: Oct 4-8, 2021
12 months ago – Sat, Oct 09, 2021 at 04:31:27 AM

In This Update:

  •  Production: Shooting starts MONDAY AM on new episodes!
  •  Kickstarter News: Overdue reward surveys + Virtual Set Visits
  •  Turkey Day 2021: Voting for this year’s lineup starts next week!
  •  Tour News: Chicago ticket pre-sale has begun!
  •  Meet the Team: Tammy Golden, Writer

It’s Friday, Friday, Gotta Get Down on Friday!

Hey. It’s Friday. Ivan and Lesley are here with your weekly update, piping hot from the MST3K oven. Let’s jump into it!


  •  ON-SET PRODUCTION: We’ll start recording new episodes first thing on Monday morning. Yes, that means production on season 13 starts next week! It’s all happening so fast. So, this week has been focused on making all of the final preparations that we need before heading to set in Philadelphia to start shooting all of the episodes featuring Emily, Nate, Conor and Yvonne before they have to hit the road for MST3K LIVE at the end of October.

    As you can guess, that means that we need to have all of the SCRIPTS, PROPS and COSTUMES for those episodes ready to go… and while everyone is still hard at work, we’re feeling good, and confident we’ll have everything we need on Monday morning.
Script binders being assembled for each member of the cast and crew.
  •  REHEARSALS: To make sure the cast are comfortable with their scripts – and that Jonah has a chance to explain what he’s looking for as the director of these episodes – we’ve also held a few virtual “table reads” over the past week. 
  • These sessions give our cast and directors a chance to get together for a collective read-through of the host segments for each episode, and to ask questions about specific lines or staging directions. Since we pay for studio time, equipment and production crew by the time, it’s essential to make sure everyone feels comfortable and prepared before we ever get to set, so that we can start shooting as quickly as possible. 
  •  “LOADING IN”: To make sure we’re ready to shoot on Monday morning, we’ve also started the process this morning of “loading in” all of our equipment, setting up the initial stage and lighting, and figuring out where everything will be positioned during the shoot.
  • For the first several days, we’re going to focus on shooting all of the silhouette riffs in the theater, which means our cast will be in chairs facing a greenscreen, with a few small screens just off to the side, so that they can watch the movie as they perform: 
  • Once those are done, we’ll move on to shooting all of the host segments, as well as some additional material we need for the Turkey Day Marathon, Gizmoplex member events, and Kickstarter rewards, like personal video messages from the SOL, and “sponsored segments” for our GIzmoplex Founding Sponsor backers.
  • Speaking of which...
  •  FOUNDING SPONSORS: We’ve also spent the last few weeks working out some really fun and novel ideas for how we plan to integrate our “Founding Sponsor” backers, and their MST3K-loving businesses, into our plans for the coming year. (In case you missed it, the highest pledge level on the Kickstarter was for backers whose companies wanted to help launch the Gizmoplex and make Season 13.) 
Our Gizmoplex Founding Sponsors: BearManor Media, Onyx Path Publishing & Joey Drew Studios.
  • We’ve been really fortunate that our first round of sponsors are all long-time fans of MST3K, and that they share our desire to involve their brands in ways that make MST3K and the Gizmoplex better, rather than interrupting or distracting from the show.
  • We’ll explain more about how we’re approaching this process when the new season premieres, but we hope you’ll be surprised and excited to see how the idea of sponsors fits into the world of MST3K and the Gizmoplex. 


1. Reward Surveys: 2 weeks past deadline, 4300 unanswered surveys remaining.

Our thanks to the 200+ backers who finished up their surveys and turned them in this week!

  • If you HAVEN’T FINISHED YOUR SURVEY, we’ll still do our best to make sure you get all of your rewards… but the longer it takes to get your survey, the more your choices may be limited for options like t-shirt design, color and size. So, help us help you: please get your survey submitted ASAP. If you still have questions, let us know. 
  • If you HAVEN’T RECEIVED YOUR SURVEY, we are probably having trouble getting in touch with you. Please check this article in our Backer Support KnowledgeBase for instructions on the fastest way to get help and receive your missing survey.

Again, the real challenge is that a lot of these remaining backers might not be seeing any of the emails we send, including these updates… but if we can’t reach them in a reasonable amount of time, it will be difficult to deliver their rewards at all. So, we’re still evaluating the best options.

In the meantime, we’re also moving forward with reward manufacturing, so that we’ll be able to get rewards to those of you who completed your surveys as soon as possible.

2. Virtual Set Visits: Video almost finished, more sessions coming soon.

As we explained last week, we ran into some significant technical problems during our first Virtual Set Visit two weeks ago, and are in the process of finishing an edited, HD version of the entire session. We apologize for the delays in getting that online, and are relieved to report that it will be available no later than Sunday afternoon. Once it has been posted, we will email all backers who get access to let them know it’s available for viewing. In the meantime, we appreciate your patience and understanding.

In addition, more good news for backers with Virtual Set Visit access: We’re already preparing for several additional set visit sessions over the next 3-4 months, covering everything from on-set production, to post-production and editing, to writing music for MST3K. Stay tuned for a full schedule of the sessions, and remember: if you can’t attend the sessions live, you will be able to rewatch them after the fact.


Some of you (we hope) were around for our WILDLY popular Turkey Day Tournament last year, in which YOU, THE VIEWERS voted for our Turkey Day marathon 2020 episodes!

Well, we are doing it again this year, and TURKEY DAY TOURNAMENT 2021 features a few important changes.

  1.  We’ve selected four episodes ourselves, and so y’all will only be voting on FOUR episodes of the EIGHT episode marathon. We hope that’s okay; it was necessary to get the new Turkey Day segments produced in time for the marathon. (And those new segments? Will have some very exciting information for those of you looking forward to season 13.)
  2.  Voting will happen twice a week, on Tuesdays and Fridays, starting next week. Each new round of voting will run for three days, and will be announced on the Official MST3K forums. We will update you on the results in these Friday updates as well. 

If all goes as planned, we will launch the tournament and open the first vote this Tuesday, October 12.

So if you’d like to vote on Turkey Day episodes, and our constant nudging hasn’t convinced you to sign up for the forums yet, now is a good time to do so!


Speaking of which, have you checked out the new official MST3K forums yet? Join up here if you’d like to get in the zone. Here are a few brain-tingling threads from the past week:


The backer presale for CHICAGO is now live! Get in there and get your tickets with code MVSGN and you’ll spend Saturday, December 11 surrounded by people who get you.

Next up:

  •  PORTLAND, OR! Your date will be announced on Monday, October 11, and then the presale will begin the following day, also with code MVSGN.
  •  MISSOULA, MT! Your date will be announced on Tuesday, October 12, and then the presale will begin the next day, again, with code MVSGN.

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...

Tammy Golden, Writer 

1. In a sentence or two, what do you do on MST3K? This is my third season writing on MST3K. There are lots of moving parts, and a lot of thinking outside the box, trying to see something new in a scene I've viewed 11 times. It's a form of Stockholm syndrome. Eventually your brain has to make friends with the horrible movie and enjoy it.

2. What do you love most about your job? I have the best job in the world. Seriously. I get to yell out and listen to stupid jokes all day with a group of funny, creative people. It's always fun to see how many different points of view can come out of the same scene.

3. Tell us a fun fact about you. Fun fact: I'm anosmic - meaning I was born without a sense of smell. I'd be curious to know what chocolate, fresh baked bread, coffee, and flowers smell like, but other than that I've never felt I was missing out on anything.

Well, that’s all we’ve got for this week -- and if you’re into this sort of thing, spare a kind thought or positive vibe for our start of production on Monday!

As always, if you’ve got concerns about any aspect of the Kickstarter, or need help and information about your rewards, please contact our Backer Support Team – and remember, email will get a faster response than posts on social media, Kickstarter, or the forums!

And, if you’d like to join in a conversation with your fellow backers about this update, please head over to this week’s dedicated forum thread with your questions and feedback.

Have a resplendent weekend, all!

Your correspondents,

Ivan & Lesley

MST3K Weekly Update: Sept 27 - Oct 1, 2021
about 1 year ago – Fri, Oct 01, 2021 at 11:31:07 PM

In This Update

  •  Production Update: Two weeks til we start shooting! Plus: photos, props + artwork!
  •  Kickstarter News: Overdue reward surveys +  last week's Virtual Set Visit hiccup
  •  NYCC Exclusive: Sneak peek at three limited edition comic book prints!
  •  Tour News: Chicago ticket pre-sale begins next Friday!
  •  Meet the Team: Josh Warner, Production Assistant 

Happy Halloween Month!

It’s October, friends! How did that happen? It’s also Friday, and that means it’s time for your weekly update. Lesley and Ivan here with the most fascinating tidbits and lore, so let’s jump in.


  •  EPISODE WRITING: Joel is still hard at work “seaming together” the thirteen episodes, and adjusting details in the host segments to support the season-long overall narrative. Also, after last week’s Virtual Set Visit to the Writers’ Room, a lot of you have asked for a list of all of our writers’ social media handles to follow. We’re working on pulling that together, and will share it as soon as we do.
  •  TURKEY DAY APPROACHES: This week, we’ve also been working with Joel on some special scripted segments for this year’s Turkey Day Marathon, which we’ll shoot in Philadelphia in October. We don’t want to give too much away, but you can expect this year’s Turkey Day to reveal some major details about Season 13 that you won’t want to miss. (Not that you will, since we’ll also send you an update with everything we share. But trust us, you’ll have more fun watching the Turkey Day Marathon.)
  •  COSTUMES, PROPS + BOTS: We’ve hired our propmaster for October’s shoot near Philadelphia, and have started receiving the first rounds of finished props and costumes at the Alternaversal offices: 
Boxes of costumes arriving from Minneapolis
A rack of GPC2s, sleeping.
Some props. As usual, no context.
More props. Still no context.
  •  ARTWORK & MODELS: Our long-time collaborator Gary Glover, who has done the poster artwork for Seasons 12 and 13, as well as some of the background illustration “plates” that appeared in Season 12, has officially joined the production team for Season 13, and is hard at work helping us visualize the newest images needed for our models, backgrounds, and sets. Here’s some work he did this week on Moonbase 13:
  • Those individual shapes will be turned into printed panels that are used to build an updated model of Moonbase 13, which we’ll then use for some new model shots this season. Also, just like our models from Seasons 11 and 12, the window panels as designed as green screen, so that we can replace them with footage of whatever is happening inside the base.


1. The survey deadline has passed, and we’ve still got about 4500 unanswered surveys.
 We’re evaluating the best way to make sure those backers will still be able to get their rewards without holding up the timeline to get rewards produced and shipped to those of you who did finish your surveys. Our main challenge right now is that we suspect many of those remaining 4500 backers haven’t seen the BackerKit emails at all, and don’t know about the deadline, so we’re trying to figure out other ways of reaching them.

2. We’re working with manufacturers to figure out an estimated reward shipping schedule.

We’re still learning how COVID will affect the production and shipping of each of our rewards. A lot of materials are harder to get than usual, and across the board, almost all freight providers are estimating that shipments may take weeks – or months – longer than usual.
That said, we’re doing our best to move forward with reward production as quickly as we can, and will keep you posted on our estimated schedule for shipping your rewards as we learn more.
As of now, we are planning to send out the MST3K HOLIDAY CARD this year, in time for (surprise) the holidays. As for the other physical rewards, well… with one or two exceptions, our current goal is to receive them at our warehouse, pack them up, and ship them out by around mid-February.

3. We’re working on fixing the technical issues from our first Virtual Set Visit.

For those of you who joined us for last week’s VIRTUAL SET VISIT, we apologize for the extremely awkward technical problems that arose during the post-Writers’ Room Q&A.

The quick explanation is that we were using a new service that allows us to capture HD footage of each speaker for later use, and to livestream and patch in video callers with questions, all at the same time. While it performed fine in all of our technical tests, it ended up choking hard during the actual livestream, resulting in video and audio that several backers accurately described as “painfully unwatchable.”
That said: we’re almost done re-assembling the entire session in HD, and will make that video available shortly for all backers whose rewards include Virtual Set Visit access.

And, for those of you who expressed concern or disappointment with last week’s experience, please know that we’re re-evaluating our technical setup for all of the remaining Virtual Set Visits and livestream events. We’ll do our best to make sure this doesn’t happen again, and we’ve got at least 3 more virtual set visits planned throughout production, so you’ll still get more chances to ask questions.


  • Going to New York ComicCon next weekend? If so: (a) we’re jealous, (b) please remember to be safe and wear a mask, and (c) be sure to stop by Source Point Press (Booth 2137) to check out three ultra-exclusive MST3K + NYCC art prints that will be available for sale!
  • Drawn by the incredible Shane Campos and art-directed by Season 13 Executive Producer Mike Federali, each 11x17” illustration riffs on an iconic classic comic cover. 
  • Only one design will be available each day, and there are only 100 numbered copies of each print… so if you want one, be sure to hit up the booth early!
Click the image for a better look at the designs.


Have you checked out the new official MST3K forums yet? What are you waiting for? Jump in here if you’d like to check it out. Here are a few tempting threads from the past week:



Your backer-exclusive presale begins on Friday, October 8 at 10am Central Time, using code MVSGN.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, OCTOBER 13 at 10am CT.

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...

Josh Warner, Production Assistant 

1. In a sentence or two, what do you do on MST3K? I'm the lucky production assistant in PA. I get to work closely with Joel to help keep the pre-production process running smoothly. Since I'm the P.A. in PA, I got the cool nickname “Papa.”

2. What do you love most about your job? Joel Hodgson coming and randomly showing me obscure punk rock anthems.

3. Tell us a fun fact about you. I'm straight-edge. So when I turned 21, the first thing I tried naturally was coffee for the first time.

That’s all for this week. As always, join us on the forum thread with your feedback and questions, and have a sparkling weekend!

Your correspondents,

Lesley & Ivan

MST3K Weekly Update: Sept 20-24, 2021
about 1 year ago – Sat, Sep 25, 2021 at 11:31:52 PM

In This Update

  •  Production News: We’re done writing! Plus: photos + art, storyboards.
  •  Kickstarter News: Remaining surveys due by SEPT 26. 
  •  Reward News: The virtual set visits began today!
  •  Tour News: Updates for MO, KY, IN and OR
  •  Meet the Team: Josh Fruehling, Co-Producer

Happy Fall, Y’all!

It’s Friday, and that means it’s time for your weekly update. Lesley and Ivan here with all the newest behind-the-scenes details you’re dying to know. Let’s begin!


  •  EPISODE WRITING has now been completed, with our writers submitting their final riffs for our thirteenth movie just a few hours ago! We saved our holiday episode to riff last – that’s the one that features Jonah, Emily and Joel, and will be the finale for Season 13. There’s still some editing and revision to be done, and a few additional sketches that link the episodes together, but this represents a huge production milestone.  
  • All told, our writers have now produced almost 1500 pages of riffs and sketches for this season… and not a moment too soon, since we start shooting our first new episodes in just over two weeks!
  •  CONCEPT ART: The incredible Mike Norton is still hard at work, and continues to turn out dozens of new illustrations and visual references each week. And, while we’re still not ready to tell you what you’re looking at, we thought you might like to see a little more of the work he’s been sharing with us:
Same as last time: wrong guesses only, please.
  •  STORYBOARDING: Over the last week, Joel has also been working with a fantastic storyboard artist named Nick Diaz, who is helping us pre-visualize the specific shots and images that will appear in our newest opening sequence. We’ll share more storyboard artwork after the season premiere, but here’s a first sneak peek:
  • Speaking of new opening sequences: we can tell you that there will be an updated theme song for Season 13, and – in a return to time-honored MST3K tradition – the song will be performed by our hosts and the cast.
  •  ROBOT BUILDING: Our robot fabrication partners at Monkey Boys have also been hard at work building all of the updated bots and puppets we’ll need for this season. We’re happy to report that work is now finished on all of this season’s Crow and Servo bots, and that we’ve got them here in our offices:
  •  PRODUCTION COUNTDOWN: We’re now just 16 DAYS from the start of shooting in Philadelphia. We’ll be shooting for about two weeks with the MST3K LIVE cast, since we need to get most of their episodes shot before they hit the road on tour in November. At that point, shooting will move to Los Angeles, where we’ll shoot for a few weeks, break for Thanksgiving, and then continue shooting for another week or so in December. Finally, when the live tour ends in February, we’ll regroup in Philadelphia to shoot our last few episodes, including the holiday special with all three hosts.


1. The REWARD SURVEY has been sent, and 86% of you have completed it.

Thank you to the ~1,000 backers who finished and submitted their BackerKit reward surveys this week, leaving about 5,000 still to be completed. We’re now getting close to the deadline where we’ll start to place manufacturing orders, so…

2. If your survey is INCOMPLETE, please try to finish it by SUNDAY NIGHT!

If you haven’t received your email invitation, please be sure to let us know ASAP. And if you’ve received your survey email but haven’t filled it out, please do your best to submit your answers before the end of this weekend. (That’s SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, at 11:59pm PT.)

If you aren’t able to complete your BackerKit survey before the deadline, we’ll still do our best to make sure you receive all of your rewards... but we can’t guarantee when you’ll get them. So, please get your surveys in ASAP so you don't end up waiting until our second or third wave of reward shipments.

3. The first VIRTUAL SET VISIT happened this afternoon!

For backers whose rewards include the “Virtual Set Visit” experience, you should have received an email yesterday with details on joining today’s visit to observe the MST3K Writers’ Room during their final riffing session for Season 13.

If you didn’t see the instruction email, or couldn’t make it during the livestream, don’t worry: you can still access a complete video of today’s Virtual Set Visit for the next two weeks. And remember, we’re still hosting several more Set Visit Sessions before the end of production, you’ll have more chances to join us live and ask questions.

4. Still need help? We’ve got you covered!

If you still need help with your reward survey – or have other questions – please be sure to check out our new MST3K KnowledgeBase, full of FAQs and self-serve help articles. If that doesn’t answer your question, please email, and give us 24-48 hours to respond. We’ll make sure your issue gets resolved, we promise!


We are STILL having the most fun on the official MST3K forums and we can’t believe you haven’t joined us yet. Check it out here if you’d like to see what we mean. 

Here are a few dazzling threads from the past week:


We’ve got some new tour dates to share!

  •  Kansas City, MO: Tickets are on sale now! 
  •  Louisville, KY: Tickets will go on backer presale from September 28 through 30 with code MVSGN. They’ll go on sale to the general public on October 1. The actual show date and other info will be announced on Monday, September 27.
  •  Nashville IN: We finally got corrected dates for this one. Yes, it is still in Indiana. Tickets will go on backer presale from September 29-30 with code MVSGN. They’ll go on sale to the general public on October 1. The actual show date and other info will be announced on Tuesday, September 28.
  •  Portland, OR: Tickets will go on backer presale from October 13-14 with code MVSGN. They’ll go on sale to the general public on October 15. The actual show date and other info will be announced on October 11.

You can see all the currently-announced dates and theaters and links (oh my!) on our tour website at


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

Josh Fruehling, Co-Producer

1. In a sentence or two, what do you do on MST3K? I breakdown scripts and make the shooting schedules so we can make the show without forgetting anything. Then when we’re on set, I make sure we’re getting what we need while making sure we’re doing it in time. I also work on the less glamorous side of the show, facilitating contracts between creatives and unions so we can all keep making the show happily.

2. What do you love most about your job? It’s all about the people for me. Everyone on the show is super nice and very creative and fun and funny which makes the job fun. It’s also really cool to work on a show when you’re already a fan!

3. Tell us a fun fact about you. I am a cinnamon roll aficionado and have an unhealthy obsession for them. Literally unhealthy; they’re really not very good for you.

That’s all for this week! As always, thanks as always for reading... and, as always, please join us on this week's forum discussion thread with your questions and feedback!

Have an ebullient weekend, all!

Your correspondents,

Ivan & Lesley