New ‘Faith & Family’ Network

Just in time for Christmas, MGM plans to launch an over-the-air “faith and family” channel called Light TV next month.

Light TV said it will feature TV series like Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?, Highway to Heaven and Heartland, and films like Rocky, Hoosiers, Red River, Little Man Tate, The Nutcracker, Lilies of the Field, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Black Stallion, All Dogs Go To Heaven, Pink Panther, Fame and Mr. Mom.

Light TV will air via the digital sub-channels of Fox broadcast stations in at least 13 major markets (New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, Houston, San Francisco, Washington, DC, Atlanta, Orlando, Phoenix, Minneapolis and Charlotte).

Exact channel numbers were not released by MGM, so we’d suggest rescannng your over-the-air device to locate Light TV once it launches. We’d further suggest checking Light TV’s website to learn when that launch will take place, but we couldn’t find any inkling of a Light TV website.

Instead, MGM’s press release announcing Light TV stressed the participation of Roma Downey, president of LightWorkers Media, a division of MGM, and Mark Burnett, president of MGM Television and Digital.

Burnett, of course, is best known as the producer of such reality shows as Survivor and The Apprentice, as well as The Voice and Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader? Downey, also an actress who played Monica on the long-running family series Touched by an Angel, has produced such content as History’s mini-series The Bible. Burnett and Downey have been married for nine years.

Besides Light TV, MGM also runs over-the-air channels This TV (movies) and Comet (sci-fi).

To preview Light TV, here courtesy of the CBC are highlights from Heartland, a Canadian series now in its record-breaking 10th season. New episodes air in the US on cable network UP.  Warning: the following video contains spoilers if you plan to start watching Heartland from the beginning!

 

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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