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1988 KTMA promo for the show

  • AugustJim Mallon, needing to fill a 2-hour Sunday evening time slot later that fall on KTMA TV23, called up Joel Hodgson to discuss ideas.
  • August 18Pat Buttram receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6382 Hollywood Blvd.
  • September — By this time, Joel and Jim had decided on a format for their show: Joel would play a guy trapped in space who would watch movies and make informative comments and "narrate" the films for the audience. Throughout the program would run a series of segments in which Joel would talk directly to the people of Earth and interact with some robots he had designed.
  • September 30 — The feature film Elvira, Mistress of the Dark is released in theaters in the United States.
  • October 3 — The pilot is completed.
  • OctoberDon O’Conner, the general manager of KTMA is shown the pilot. He decides to order 13 episodes with the option to do more.
  • November — Production begins on the very first series of Mystery Science Theater 3000. The format is altered slightly: Joel will be joined by the robots in the theater to make fun of the movie, being humorous instead of informative. Episodes are produced by Hair Brain Productions and taped at KTMA's studios; Joel records the theme song at Sing Sing Studios.
  • December 9Leslie Nielsen receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6541 Hollywood Blvd.