Mystery Science Theater Three Thousand is now gone from the airwaves. :^(

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  1. LanceJ

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    I thought the Movies forum was the more appropriate forum for this notice.

    This morning was the last time--for now?--of the broadcast of MST3K. I have watched this show continously for seven years now, have laughed some of my biggest laughs while watching it, learned many little factoids from it and quite a bit about movie making in general from it too.

    I will seriously miss it!

    The following website has more information about this event:

    Satellite News

    Thankfully Rhino sells quite of few of their episodes on dvd now:

    MST3K on VHS & dvd

    LJ
     
  2. Patrick McCart

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    It ain't over until the fat, bloated Joe Don Baker sings.


    MST3K didn't deserve to be reduced to early morning filler on the Sci-Fi Channel. I think the show will find a new following on DVD and perhaps on a channel that can actually give it some respect.

    To be truthful, we ought to nag Turner Classic Movies about picking up the show (both the Comedy Central and Scifi runs) since they hold a lot of the TV packages to films featured on MST3K. Plus, they could air the original movies back-to-back with the featured MST3K episode.
     
  3. LanceJ

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    Patrick: While I don't want to complain too much since Sci-Fi did keep it on the air so long, that morning time slot was vaguely insulting. Eight o'clock on a Saturday morning?? What normal person is awake that early? [​IMG]

    And their choice of the last episode to air was strange: The Screaming Skull isn't exactly one of their best of the Sci-Fi-era shows. The last actual episode, and a very funny one too IMO, was Diabolik--I wonder why they didn't show this instead? Some contractual issue maybe?

    Does anybody know why they took off that ending credit thanking "teachers everywhere" (or something like that) around 1996 or 1997? This is also when I noticed the crew using more crusty language & making more explicit jokes--any connection?

    LJ
     
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    No MST3K makes me a sad BoBo....[​IMG]
     
  5. Patrick McCart

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    I think a lot of the movie rights had expired, so Scifi was down to airing just a fraction of the episodes.

    However, some of those "expired" episodes are on or coming to DVD from Rhino...
     
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    sci-fi was only running the episodes that the misties made while on that network, maybe 24 episodes in total? and yeah, it seems for the last year or so, sci-fi was only airing about 10 different episodes, so i assume all the film rights had expired.

    and i think someone mentioned earlier on this forum that the rights to diabolik had expired a few months ago.
     
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    There are 48 episodes from the Sci-Fi Channel run, plus three 30 min. specials (One Oscar special and two summer blockbuster specials).
     
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    48? my cable system never had sci-fi until maybe four years ago, but i doubt if i saw more than 20-24 different MST3K shows during that time. it always bugged me, cause after a while it was the same shows over and over: overdrawn at the memory bank, squirm, puma man, the merlin one, the one with leonardo davinci, hamlet, the joe don baker one, screaming skull, etc.
     
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    I am deeply saddened by this news, and my Tivo is to. [​IMG]

    But! The DVD's are out now.
    [​IMG]
     

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