Encore Documentary to Uncover Cult Films

Englewood, Colo.Starz Encore Group LLC has commissioned an original documentary Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream, a look at 1970s cult films and their continuing influence on pop culture and society.

Set to air on Encore next summer, the film is based on the book of the same name by film scholar and documentary filmmaker Stuart Samuels, who will produce and direct the picture.

Among those expected to appear in the documentary are directors John Waters (Pink Flamingos), David Lynch (Eraserhead), George Romero (Night of the Living Dead), A. Jodorowsky (El Topo), Perry Henzell (The Harder They Come) and Richard O’Brien (creator/star of The Rocky Horror Picture Show).

Encore executives said the pay service will run a host of “midnight movies,” including some of the aforementioned titles, during the month the documentary debuts.

Peterson Coverage Sets Court TV Mark

New YorkCourt TV’s coverage of the verdict against Scott Peterson on Nov. 12 delivered the largest audience in the network’s history.

The investigation network notched a 2.7 household rating and some 2.66 million total viewers from 4 p.m.-5 p.m. (EST), when the guilty verdicts came in against Peterson for murdering his wife, Laci, and their unborn child.

The coverage also garnered a 2.2 among adults 18 to 49 for the period, according to Nielsen Media Research data.

Both of those marks trailed only Fox News Channel in the hour among all ad-supported cable networks, according to Court TV officials.

Fox News posted a 3.1 household average and some 3.35 million viewers during the hour in question.

The sentencing phase of the Peterson trial is scheduled to begin Nov. 22.

'Stargate’ to Reopen on Sci Fi Next Summer

New York — New seasons of Stargate Atlantis and Stargate SG-1 will return to Sci Fi Channel next summer. Production of 20-episode seasons of both shows will begin in March.

Stargate SG-1 is returning for a ninth original season, tying Fox’s The X-Files as the longest-running science-fiction drama series on U.S. television, Sci Fi said.

Stargate Atlantis debuted in July.

In the first half of Stargate SG-1’s eighth season (the third on Sci Fi after five seasons on Showtime), the series’ 10 premiere installments averaged a 2.0 household rating and 2.59 million viewers. Stargate Atlantis averaged a 2.3 rating, with nearly 2.94 million viewers, through the first 10 episodes of its run.

Both shows, which anchor Friday nights, are on hiatus and will return with the second half of their respective seasons, beginning on Jan. 21.

ESPN Deportes Hopes 'Beisbol’ Will be Good

New YorkESPN Deportes grabbed the rights to the six-team Dominican Beisbol League away from Fox Sports World en Español, inking a multiyear deal last Tuesday. Terms were not disclosed.

ESPN’s Spanish-language service will exclusively air up to 30 DBL regular-season, playoff and championship-series games in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. The first winter-league telecast took place Nov. 7, with regular-season contests slated for Wednesdays at 7 p.m. (ET) and Sundays at 2 p.m.