Sinclair Broadcast Group is starting a new science fiction network along with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer at the end of the month. Comet, will air MGM TV programming including The Outer Limits, Dead Like Me and several iterations of the Stargate franchise. It will also have movies from the MGM vault as well, including Moonraker and The Terminator.
Sinclair Television Group and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer will debut Comet, a 24/7 science fiction multicast network, on Oct. 31.
The new diginet will feature more than 1,500 hours of premium MGM content and will premiere in over 60% of the country and over 65 million homes.
The announcement was made today by David Amy, Chief Operating Officer, Inc. and John Bryan.
The network will debut in all top markets including New York,; Los Angeles; Chicago; Philadelphia; Seattle; Denver; St. Louis; San Francisco; Washington; Boston; Pittsburgh and Houston.
In addition to the Sinclair-owned television stations, Comet will also launch on a number of Tribune and Titan stations.
The network will feature a mix of science fiction, fantasy and adventure programming from MGM including television series such as Outer Limits and Dead Like Me, with Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis and Stargate Universe anchoring the primetime lineup.
MGM films will be featured as well, with Moonraker and The Terminator featured during the premiere; Species and Leviathan will also be highlighted throughout the month.
“MGM has an extensive collection of science fiction films and television movies that appeal to a vast audience who will now be able to access that content through broadcast television,” said David Amy, COO of Sinclair Broadcast Group.
“MGM is thrilled that COMET will debut in so many top markets, launching as the single largest multicast network and sci-fi channel to date,” said John Bryan, president, MGM domestic television distribution. “The sci-fi community is among the most expansive and loyal in entertainment, and we look forward to programming the channel for this ever-growing audience.”
Under the ownership of Sinclair Television Group, MGM will handle certain operations of the network, including programming. The venture will be overseen by Sinclair Television Group Co-COO Steve Pruett who said: “Our expectations are that the combination of MGM’s network experience with Sinclair’s distribution and station promotion will quickly establish Comet as a leader in this competitive environment.”