In separate programming developments set for next month, Sci Fi Channel will
put The Chronicle to pasture permanently, while Fox Movie Channel takes a
1950s anthology drama series from 20th Century Fox out of mothballs.
Sci Fi's Chronicle -- a series about a fictional tabloid newspaper of
the same name specializing in paranormal-phenomena investigations -- will run
its last episode March 22.
The series earned solid reviews when it premiered last July, but it couldn't
get the ratings to sustain its existence. A total of 22 episodes were made.
Despite a talented cast and creative production team, Chronicle
'unfortunately didn't find the audience it deserved,' Sci Fi president Bonnie
Hammer noted in a prepared statement announcing the cancellation.
Hammer added that the network will expand its series-, movie- and
miniseries-development process as part of an anticipated increase in Sci Fi's
original-production expense account for the remainder of 2002 and 2003.
Next up for Sci Fi's first-run agenda: four-hour miniseries Firestarter:
Rekindled, running March 10 and 11.
Meanwhile, at Fox Movie Channel, digitally remastered episodes of The 20th
Century Fox Hour will be presented for the first time since their original
CBS presentations from 1955 through 1957.
The shows will be packaged as Fox Movie Channel Hour of Stars and be
introduced by Robert Wagner (Hart to Hart, It Takes a Thief), who
appeared in a number of Fox movies during that decade.
More than 40 Fox Hour episodes will run on the channel over the next
few years, according to a spokesperson.
Fox Movie Channel is available to more than 19 million cable households.
Info for the TV-trivia buffs: Joseph Cotten was the original host of 20th
Century Fox Hour, which was among the studio's first original TV series. The
show was seen on alternate Wednesday nights, along with the U.S. Steel
Later Fox-produced series in the 1950s included Adventures in Paradise
and Dobie Gillis.