Sci Fi Channel, as part of a larger deal with CBS Television Distribution, has secured off-network rights to Ghost Whisperer, which will debut on the network in fall 2009.
Under the deal, terms of which were not disclosed, Sci Fi will air Ghost Whisperer, starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, in a weekly four-hour primetime stack, making the NBC Universal network, the only place on TV to see weekly mini-marathons of the show. Sci Fi executives said the network will also schedule programming stunts with full-day marathons.
The show, from Sanders/Moses Productions in association with ABC Studios and CBS Paramount Network Television, was also sold to WE: Women’s Entertainment Television and broadcaster Ion Television.
Sci Fi will simulcast Ghost Whisperer, in which Hewitt’s character Melinda Gordon communicates with earthbound ghosts who cling to the living because they have unfinished business that prevents them from moving beyond the familiar earthy plane of existence, in HD
In addition, Sci Fi gains access to shows in the CBS library: Star Trek: The Next Generation, which will premiere June 2 on the network, Charmed; Early Edition; Highlander; Friday the Thirteenth: The Series; and Robin Williams’ classic sitcom Mork & Mindy, among others.
“Ghost Whispereris an incredible addition to Sci Fi’s programming inventory,” said the network’s senior vice president of programming and original movies Thomas Vitale in a statement. “The paranormal is very popular with our audience, as evidenced by the huge success of our original series ‘Ghost Hunters’ and ‘Ghost Hunters International,’ television’s most popular paranormal franchise. As part of Sci Fi’s primetime lineup, Ghost Whisperer’ will appeal to our existing audience, while bringing in new viewers, including more women.”