FEARnet brings back animated favorites August 18

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FEAR­net, cable’s pre­mier des­ti­na­tion for hor­ror, sus­pense and thriller con­tent, is adding a new two-hour week­end pro­gram­ming block start­ing August 18.

The morn­ing seg­ment, dubbed “Fun­house,” fea­tures half-hour ani­mated pro­grams The Real Ghost­busters and Tales From the Cryp­t­keeper, as well as partly ani­mated sus­pense drama Dark Ora­cle. The “Fun­house” block will be broad­cast from 10 a.m. to 12 noon ET on Sat­ur­days and reaired the next day, Sun­day, in the same time period on the lin­ear TV channel.

FEARnet’s new “Fun­house” lineup marks the first time that the emerg­ing cable net­work has broad­cast both ani­mated and live-action acquired series in a com­bined themed block of time. In fact, the block will high­light three all-time favorite tele­vi­sion shows that haven’t been nation­ally broad­cast in over a decade, and one show, Dark Ora­cle, that has never been avail­able on United States stations.

While some cable net­works are extremely suc­cess­ful in tar­get­ing the adult audi­ence with ani­mated con­tent blocks in late night,” said said Peter Block, FEARnet’s pres­i­dent and gen­eral man­ager, “we decided to go a dif­fer­ent route and pro­vide our view­ers with the abil­ity to enjoy pro­gram­ming in a time period that harkens back to week­end morn­ings of their youth. More­over, ‘Fun­house’ opens doors to new adver­tis­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties due to the pro­gram­ming content.”

Start­ing August 18, FEARnet’s pro­gram­ming sched­ule for both Sat­ur­day and Sun­day morn­ings will include:

The Real Ghost­busters (10 a.m. ET/7 a.m. PT) — For the first time in 13 years, The Real Ghost­busters (1986–91) are return­ing to TV to keep the world safe from marsh­mal­low men, pink slime, and a spooky assort­ment of unfriendly ghosts. This ani­mated series was cre­ated by found­ing Ghost­busters film stars Dan Aky­royd and Harold Ramis, and fea­tured the voice tal­ent of come­dian Arse­nio Hall as Win­ston Zeddemore.

Tales From the Cryp­t­keeper (10:30 a.m. ET/7:30 a.m. PT) — Brace your­selves: the Cryp­t­keeper is back, and he’s bring­ing his fright­ful ani­mated fea­tures to FEARnet’s “Fun­house” lineup. Star­ring the voice of the infa­mous Crypt Keeper, him­self, John Kas­sir — and pro­duced by orig­i­nal Tales from the Crypt execs Robert Zemeckis and Joel Sil­ver — “Tales from the Cryp­t­keeper” (1994–97) trans­ports the fran­chise back to its clas­sic comic book roots.

Dark Ora­cle (11:30 a.m. ET/8:30 a.m. PT) — Round­ing out FEARnet’s “Fun­house” lineup is the Cana­dian export Dark Ora­cle, where twin teens Cally and Lance Stone dis­cover that the tit­u­lar comic book con­tains clues about their future… and har­bors deadly secrets. Cre­ated by Degrassi: The Next Gen­er­a­tion scribe Jana Sinyor, and star­ring Alex House, lead char­ac­ter Todd of FEARnet’s Todd & The Book of Pure Evil, Dark Ora­cle (2004–06) mixes live action with comic book ani­ma­tion, and intro­duces a healthy blend of teenage drama into the hor­rific pro­ceed­ings. An engag­ing run­ning sto­ry­line will keep view­ers hooked week after week.

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