It’s been a few years since Mystery Science Theater 3000 went off the air, but on April Fools’ Day, the MST3K trio of Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett will be back on TV. But instead of mocking cheesy old genre films, they’ll be tackling National Geographic Channel’s own programming.
Total Riff Off is NatGeo’s April 1 special event featuring three hours of clips from their shows, including Honey Badgers, Unlikely Animal Friends, Man v. Monster, Swamp Men and Alpha Dogs, among others. Nelson, Murphy and Corbett will provide the wisecracks.
Network renews high-rated ‘Vikings’
The History network has found the key to the audience’s heart lies with looting and pillaging. The channel has given a green light to a third season of its dramatic series Vikings for 2015.
The Irish-Canadian co-production stars Travis Fimmel as the ambitious Viking chieftain Ragnar, whose desire to conquer new lands drives him to achieve great success in his medieval Scandinavian society. The second season has followed Ragnar’s life as he has moved up to the status of an earl in the Viking world.
The series is the top-rated cable program in its Thursday night time slot.
‘AHS’ set to visit 1950s ‘Freak Show’
American Horror Story co-creator Ryan Murphy announced Monday on Twitter that the anthology show’s fourth season would be subtitled Freak Show.
Freak Show will be set in 1950s Florida with Jessica Lange playing a German ex-pat managing one of the last remaining freak shows in the U.S., according to Entertainment Weekly.
Other returning cast members include Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Angela Bassett and Frances Conroy, the EW website says.
After the first season, which involved a family’s spooky house, the following seasons were subtitled Asylum and Coven.
Guilfoyle exiting ‘CSI’ after 14 years
One of the last remaining original cast members of CBS’ long-running CSI: Crime Scene Investigation will be leaving the series at the end of the season.
Paul Guilfoyle, who plays police Capt. Jim Brass, will exit the series, which has been renewed for a 15th season, CBS News said Tuesday.
George Eads is the only other actor who has been a regular cast member for the run of the series. Several regular cast members have been around since the beginning of the series but started as recurring players or took time off during the series’ run.