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Push the button: A brand new season of Mystery Science Theater 3000 awaits

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Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Friday, April 14 and Saturday, April 15. All times are Eastern.

Mystery Science Theater 3000 (Netflix, Friday): In the not-too-distant future, next Sunday A.D., there was a guy named Joel, not too different from you or me. Then there was a guy named Mike, and he, like Joel, made fun of bad movies with the help of his robot friends. And then… nothing. Just a lot of watching the same experiments again and again, which worked for Mystery Science Theater 3000, because there are 900 jokes per episodes, and you’re never going to get them all on first viewing (or second, or even third). Today, however, MSTies everywhere are greeted by a bevy of MST3K that 99.9 percent of the world’s population hasn’t seen before. Following his report on how the revival came together, Erik Adams will kick off a running diary of his reactions to the Forrester family’s latest attempt to find (and the Satellite Of Love’s efforts to rip to shreds) the worst movies of all time. Though the updates might come a little a slowly, since Erik has conveniently timed a vacation to the reboot’s premiere. If you’re wondering how he’ll eat and breathe without watching all of the new season in one long go, just repeat to yourself “It’s just a show.” That’s what Erik’s going to be doing when he thinks about all the MST3K he could be watching.


Regular coverage

RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1, 9 p.m.)
Reign (The CW, 9 p.m.)
Doctor Who (BBC America, 9 p.m.): Season premiere
Class (BBC America 10:10 p.m.): Series premiere
Samurai Jack (Adult Swim, 11 p.m.)
Saturday Night Live (NBC, 11:29 p.m.)


Wild card

Fortitude (Amazon, Friday): Left to fend for itself in the wilderness after the collapse of its American broadcaster, the second season of this weirdo drama about an Arctic community finds shelter on Amazon. It also finds Dennis Quaid, who gets pulled into the strange goings-on in Fortitude as a fisherman with a sick wife and an eye on a lucrative crab haul. Get those crabs, Dennis Quaid—get those crabs.