Hey guys, Jana here,
In the surge of SVOD providers rushing to produce their own original content, Yahoo is on the ready to play ball and they’re bringing a bat to the plate. ‘Other Space‘ is a half-hour comedy series created by Paul Feig exclusively for Yahoo. The series is expected to launch in the early part of next year. The series is described as a journey in unknown space set in the early 22nd century, when the human race has mapped most of the known universe, failed to find alien life, and have gotten a little tired of the whole thing. The description makes me think there will be plenty of room for some dry humor and stars that, combined, have quite a cult following to bring to the game.
I’m talking about Joel Hodgson and Trace Beaulieu from the cast of ‘Mystery Science Theater 3000‘. MST3K ran for a combined 9 seasons on Comedy Central and Syfy. In a stroke of genius writing, the series featured a man and his robots as they are trapped aboard the Satellite of Love, where mad scientists force them to sit through the worst movies ever made. Sounds like a simple premise, and it was, but that’s what was brilliant about it. Every time I sit through a particularly wretched movie, I wish my buddies were spewing their commentary to make it enjoyable.
“I’m thrilled to be cast with my old buddy Trace Beaulieu in the new comedy sci-fi series ‘Other Space,” said Hodgson. “I also think fans of ‘MST3K’ will be very interested in this new work that mastermind Paul Feig and his cast and crew, have cooked up for Yahoo.”
Just last month,’MST3K‘ was in the news for a deal that will give new life to the series. Vimeo made a collection of 80 episodes in a pact with Shout! Factory that gives the online video service exclusive rights to any newly cleared episodes launching over the course of the next year.