1 February 2004
Cheesy movies, the worst we can find
Apparently we truly can't control where the movies begin or end; the SciFi channel has finally quit showing reruns of the last three seasons (the only ones to which they had the rights) of Mystery Science Theater 3000.
This isn't exactly surprising when production ended in the late 90s, it should have been perfectly obvious that the reruns would end in the not-too-distant future but it's still a shock to the system, since MST3k was arguably the last comedy show with any legitimate claim to innovation.
CT points out that there wasn't much chance of a revival anyway:
There had been rumors ever since the original episodes ended in 1999 that Sci-Fi would pull the plug at some point; I think it's amazing that it's maintained its life-after-death existence for this long. It had definitely become untenable, because the rights to many of the original movies they used had expired, and re-purchasing those rights just didn't make sense (thus the ever-decreasing number of reruns they could air). It was just a matter of time.
Which rights, I presume, have to be renegotiated for the video issues as well, which haven't exactly been pouring out of Rhino lately.
Oh, well. Push the button, Frank.