Los Angeles, CA and Baltimore, MD –– Sinclair Television Group, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: SBGI) (“Sinclair”), and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (“MGM”), partners in the recently launched first-ever 24 hour/7 day per week science fiction digital broadcast network, COMET, announced today a license agreement for episodes of the original “Mystery Science Theater 3000” (MST3K) from Shout! Factory. In addition, the classic Japanese Godzilla feature films from 1954 – 1975 have also been added to the upcoming roster of programming.
“Mystery Science Theater 3000,” one of the most beloved cult television series of all time, follows the motley crew of a human host and his two robot sidekicks aboard the Satellite of Love. The hapless host, trapped by mad scientists on a satellite in space, is forced to watch some of the most outrageously unfortunate B movies ever created. Together they do a running commentary on the films, affectionately mocking their flaws with inspired wisecracks and acting as a demented movie theater peanut gallery.Classic episodes of the series will begin September 4, 2016 on over 90 Sinclair, Titan and Tribune channels across the United States.
“Mystery Science Theater 3000” launched in 1988 on KTMA-TV in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Its national broadcast life began in 1989 on the Comedy Channel (later to become Comedy Central), where it ran for seven seasons. The show’s final three seasons aired on the Sci-Fi Channel. More than 190 episodes were aired and a feature film was produced in 1996.
In addition to “Mystery Science Theater 3000,” COMET will begin airing numerous new shows and films including, “Jeremiah,” Thursdays beginning September 1, “Poltergeist: The Legacy,” beginning September 5, “Dead Like Me,” beginning September 6, and the original The Outer Limits on September 7.
COMET, a partnership between Sinclair and MGM, is the first-ever 24 hour/7 day per week science fiction digital broadcast network and features more than 1,500 hours of premium MGM content. It premiered October 31, 2015 in over 60% of the country and over 65 million homes, making it the largest multicast network launch ever. Currently, the network has reach in over 90 markets with viewing also available online and untethered at www.COMETtv.com.COMET offers popular favorites, cult classics and undiscovered gems on a daily programming schedule. The network is also the exclusive broadcast home of the Stargate Franchise.