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August 15, 2003 | By a Times Staff Writer
Vivendi Universal's Sci Fi Channel will pull movies starring actor Arnold Schwarzenegger until after his Oct. 7 bid to become California's next governor, the channel said Thursday. Sci Fi's move comes one day after FX, owned by News Corp., decided to take Schwarzenegger movies off the air until after the election, and as other cable channels mulled over whether they should follow suit.
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February 13, 2010 | By Scott Collins
Twenty-five years ago, MTV was best known for music videos starring Michael Jackson and Madonna. These days, its reigning queen is not a recording star at all but rather Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, the rowdy party girl from the reality series "Jersey Shore." So maybe it's not surprising that this week the 29-year-old network bowed to the inevitable and finally scraped the legend "Music Television" off its corporate logo. The change was a belated acknowledgment of what has been obvious for years: MTV has evolved into a reality channel that occasionally runs programs that have to do with music.
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May 22, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Service Reports
Can "Star Wars" teach children about the solar system? The yet-to-be launched Sci-Fi Channel has entered into an arrangement with the science magazine Omni to create original programming--including education programs for children. "Science fiction is really a great way of introducing science to children," said Kathy Keeton, president of Omni magazine. "Many scientists--including Carl Sagan--first experienced the thrill of science through the magic of science fiction."
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December 7, 2008 | Geoff Boucher, Boucher is a Times staff writer.
The end is in sight for "Battlestar Galactica" and the beleaguered humans of the 12 Twelve Colonies aren't the only ones fretting about their survival -- there are also the executives at Sci Fi, the cable channel that has ridden "Galactica" as its esteemed flagship, who will now have to carry on without her. The final 10 episodes of "Battlestar" begin Jan.
BUSINESS
March 31, 1998 | Sallie Hofmeister
In its largest single purchase of programming to date, the Sci-Fi Channel has bought basic cable rights to three series from MGM in a transaction worth an estimated $150 million. Sci-Fi, which is owned by Barry Diller's USA Networks Inc., is buying rights to MGM's "The Outer Limits," "Stargate SG-1" and "Poltergeist: The Legacy," all of which have been airing on Showtime. Under the deal, MGM will also produce 22 new episodes of "Poltergeist," which will not air on Showtime after this season.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 2, 2008 | Geoff Boucher, Times Staff Writer
Can two alien cultures coexist in one writers room? Sci Fi is entering a brave new world by teaming television writers with video-game designers to create a franchise that is both a television series and a massive multiplayer game on the Internet -- more than that, the fans who play the game will actually help shape the show's story arc with their virtual exploits.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 20, 1999 | MICHAEL P. LUCAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Muppets on the big screen may be in outer space this week, but their new, small-screen "Farscape" cousins already have been boldly going where no puppet has gone before. And, by most measures, the mission is a success. Sci-Fi Channel viewers have turned the offbeat drama series, executive produced by Brian Henson, who also produced Columbia Pictures' "Muppets From Space," into the cable channel's top-rated show.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 30, 2007 | Robert Lloyd, Times Staff Writer
Surely no American work of children's literature occupies a deeper place in the cultural heart and mind than "The Wizard of Oz": Its characters sit comfortably beside such venerable fairy-tale figures as Snow White and Jack and the Beanstalk, who seem to have been around something like forever, and not merely 107 years. Even before Judy Garland dropped a house on Munchkinland, L.
NEWS
March 10, 2002 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
No one will actually say that the set of the new Sci Fi Channel movie "Firestarter: Rekindled" was cursed. But the star and executive producer admit a lot of strange and unexplained things happened during production in Salt Lake City on the sequel to the Stephen King horror classic. "Everything that could possible go wrong went wrong on this movie," says executive producer Tom Thayer.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 5, 2001 | IVY BROWN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The talk show format has been done to death--literally. In the last few years, the list of name-talent hosts who have passed on to the talk-show graveyard is long, from "Donny and Marie," "The Howie Mandel Show" and "The Magic Hour" to "The Roseanne Show" and "The Martin Short Show." But before anyone plays the death knell of the genre, a totally new twist has breathed life into it.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 31, 2008 | David Tischman, Special to The Times
THE Sci Fi Channel canceled "Stargate Atlantis" this month, less than halfway through its fifth season. And indeed, the episodes have been disappointing so far, with no new plot twists to enhance the show's wormhole-jumping science fiction mythology. The big cast change -- adding "Star Trek: Voyager's" Robert Picardo as the city's new administrator -- hit with all the power of a phaser set on Blah. But science fiction fans are loyal, even when our heroes are treading water -- the box office receipts for "Revenge of the Sith" prove that -- and the next batch of episodes in what is now "Atlantis' " final season do get better.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 8, 2008 | Choire Sicha, Special to The Times
Months before its final 10 episodes begin airing in January, we now know for certain that "Battlestar Galactica" will live on -- in the form of a two-hour special on the Sci Fi Channel to air in 2009 after the series concludes. The unnamed feature will be directed by the show's costar, Edward James Olmos, and written by "Battlestar" writer and former "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" brain Jane Espenson. The stand-alone will document the Cylons' attempts -- those of two agents in particular -- to grapple with human survivors, both those aboard ships and those left alive on planets, shortly after the Cylons' destruction of human worlds.
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August 2, 2008 | Choire Sicha, Special to The Times
Like a grandparent's birthday, the Sci Fi Channel's fourth season finale for "Doctor Who" reeled back in its children. Characters from the cult hit show's two BBC spinoffs, "Torchwood" and "The Sarah Jane Adventures," pitched in to help the Doctor (well, two-and-a-half Doctors, really! Long story!) save the whole universe from certain doom.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 2, 2008 | Geoff Boucher, Times Staff Writer
Can two alien cultures coexist in one writers room? Sci Fi is entering a brave new world by teaming television writers with video-game designers to create a franchise that is both a television series and a massive multiplayer game on the Internet -- more than that, the fans who play the game will actually help shape the show's story arc with their virtual exploits.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 30, 2007 | Robert Lloyd, Times Staff Writer
Surely no American work of children's literature occupies a deeper place in the cultural heart and mind than "The Wizard of Oz": Its characters sit comfortably beside such venerable fairy-tale figures as Snow White and Jack and the Beanstalk, who seem to have been around something like forever, and not merely 107 years. Even before Judy Garland dropped a house on Munchkinland, L.
NEWS
November 6, 2007
Strike's effects: In some editions of today's Calendar section, a chart listing effects of the writers strike on the television industry incorrectly identified some FX series as airing on the Sci Fi Channel. "Thirty Days," "Nip/Tuck," "The Shield," "Dirt," "The Riches," "Rescue Me" and "Damages" are all FX shows.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 7, 2008 | Geoff Boucher, Boucher is a Times staff writer.
The end is in sight for "Battlestar Galactica" and the beleaguered humans of the 12 Twelve Colonies aren't the only ones fretting about their survival -- there are also the executives at Sci Fi, the cable channel that has ridden "Galactica" as its esteemed flagship, who will now have to carry on without her. The final 10 episodes of "Battlestar" begin Jan.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Isaac Asimov, who has written more than 400 books, has created new futuristic superhero characters and a storyline for an animated special to air on the cable Sci-Fi Channel. Mitchell Rubenstein, president of the Sci-Fi Channel, said that there are also plans to translate the animated special into comic book form. Asimov's principal character is a scientist specializing in genetic engineering, and the creator of several distinctive superhero androids, each with certain super-human abilities.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2007 | Denise Martin, Special to The Times
For a while, things looked iffy for "Battlestar Galactica." After the Sci Fi Channel last month moved the third-season drama about a human resistance movement against an occupying race of robots from Friday nights to Sunday nights in an attempt to goose ratings, viewership remained stagnant. The network has ruled, however, that the show won't live by numbers alone: The Sci Fi Channel is expected to announce today that it has renewed the series for a fourth season.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 11, 2006 | Robert Lloyd, Times Staff Writer
"The Lost Room," a six-hour miniseries from the Sci-Fi Channel about a mysterious other-dimensional motel room and its former contents, is a long ride to nowhere but with some nice scenery and exciting turns along the way. If ultimately frustrating and fickle as regards even its own invented rules of supernatural physics, taken simply as a thing to watch, it's pretty enjoyable. Indeed, that is almost the definition of a Sci-Fi Channel miniseries.
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