Nets Plan ‘R2G’ Movie Nights


Dallas — ComStar Media’s AmericanLife
Network and Family-
Net have negotiated rights to Grated
versions of R-rated movies
and are launching “R2G Movie
Nights” on both channels, officials said.

ALN will kick off its “clean movies”
schedule on Saturday, Nov. 6,
with Eyewitness, the 1981 romantic
thriller starring William Hurt
and Sigourney Weaver. FamilyNet
kicks off its slate on Nov. 7 with legal
drama The Star Chamber from
1983, starring Michael Douglas,
ComStar CEO Chris Wyatt said.

Wyatt said ComStar has acquired
exclusive “cable-window” rights
to studio-edited movies dating back to
the late 1960s. He described them as
quality films that can be watched by the
family, with scenes containing objectionable
sex or violence edited out.

The plan is to expand the “R2G” movie
showings to three nights per week, he said.
Other titles in the queue include Braveheart
and Alien Predator, Wyatt said.

“It’s the first time that Hollywood has
released the family-friendly versions
of these movies. They realize now that
there’s a marketplace for it out there,”
Wyatt said.

Wyatt said humorous commercials
are being produced that, for example,
show an adult hanging around a playground,
smoking, then is hauled away
and replaced by someone wearing a
“G” full-body suit.

ComStar — which is launching
a high-definition version of FamilyNet
on Nov. 1 — has been adding
more originals and more recent offnetwork
shows to the networks since
buying them last year. Wyatt said
80% of FamilyNet programming is in
HD now, rising to 90% when the HD
channel launches.