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July 20, 2006
MST3K Fans, Take Heart -- Mike Nelson Returns!

For those fans of Mystery Science Theater 3000 who have had a gaping hole in their lives ever since it went off the air, good news has come our way. Mike Nelson, the creative genius behind MST3K and a good friend of the Northern Alliance -- and a really nice guy -- has launched a new project that promises to fill that gap, and more.

Mike has launched the beta version of Rifftrax, a clever way to have an MST3K experience on demand. Mike will create podcasts that match up with our favorite films (meaning our favorite cheesefests), designed to be played along with a DVD that the viewer rents or buys. The site will eventually have downloads of many films, but right now Rifftrax users can download Mike's commentary for Roadhouse, a Patrick Swayze laugher that somehow included Ben Gazzara and Sam Elliot. (It also has Kelly Lynch, which seems about right for this classic cheeseball.)

Give it a try, and also don't forget to vote for your choice as Rifftrax's second feature. I chose Showgirls, which desperately needs the Mike Nelson touch. Leave your feedback on how it works, and keep checking back for more commentaries! (via Fraters Libertas)

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at July 20, 2006 5:19 PM

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