Not long after revealing new Mystery Science Theater 3000 cast members Jonah Ray, Felicia Day, Baron Vaughn, and Hampton Yount, Joel Hodgson announced on the MST3K Kickstarter page today that he’s added the new evil henchman to the reboot: Patton Oswalt. Hodgson shared a Twitter exchange he had with Oswalt that led to the casting decision:
I took “OH MY GOD” as a yes. We started working out the details, and I asked a graphics friend to create an image that sort of cloned Patton into someone who would look like Frank’s son. I think the image turned out great. Then, last week, after we talked a little more, Patton said, “I want to be called something like ‘TV’s Son of TV’s Frank.’” So I guess that’s what we’re going to call him. Anyway, even though we won’t start working on contracts until after the Kickstarter ends, it seems pretty safe to say that Patton will be on board with us, on camera AND as a special guest writer too!
The MST3K Kickstarter has raised over $3 million so far and will produce six episodes total once it hits $3,300,000, with a dozen episodes planned should the campaign reach $5,500,000.