(Above: Tom Selleck in ‘Magnum P.I.’ Source: Charge!)
Sliders, Quantum Leap and the rebooted version of Battlestar Galactica will debut this Monday, April 6, on sci-fi channel Comet, while the original versions of Magnum PI and Knight Rider will launch on action-adventure channel Charge!
Both services, owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group, are available either over the air or via streaming.
In addition, Comet will debut Rod Serling’s Night Gallery on Saturday, April 11, Charge! will run Rocky movie marathons every weekend in April starting this Sunday, April 5, and a third Sinclair broadcast/streaming channel, TBD, will air its first original series, The Link, starting April 11.
Comet’s new weekday shows – Sliders, Quantum Leap and Battlestar Galactica – will run in respective two-hour blocks from 4 pm to 10 pm ET. Night Gallery will air run in a four-hour block on Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm, and with a single half-hour Sundays at 10 am.
Sliders follows a group of people forced to travel into parallel universes that are sometimes alternate versions of Earth’s history. It ran originally for 88 episodes over five seasons (1995-2000), first on Fox and then on Sci-Fi Channel (now Syfy).
Quantum Leap follows a single person (Scott Bakula) who’s forced to travel into the past, taking over other people’s bodies to correct historical mistakes. Dean Stockwell also stars as Bakula’s “handler.” It ran originally for 97 episodes over five seasons (1989-1983) on NBC.
Battlestar Galactica, a reboot of the 1978-1979 ABC series which also airs on Comet, stars Edward James Olmos and Mary McDonnell in a futuristic story about a small group of survivors from a distant star system in search of Earth. It ran originally for 76 episodes over four seasons (2004-2009) on Sci-Fi.
Rod Serling’s Night Gallery, a more horror-driven successor to The Twilight Zone, is an anthology series set in an art gallery, where Serling directs viewers to paintings that serve as a springboard to each segment. It ran originally for 43 episodes over three seasons (1970-1973) on NBC.
Magnum P.I. will run weekdays in three-hour blocks from 10 am to 1 pm and 10 pm to 1 am. Knight Rider will run weekdays in a three-hour block from 1 pm to 4 pm. The first showing of the first five movies in the Rocky franchise will run this Sunday, April 5, from 2 pm to midnight.
Magnum P.I., starring Tom Selleck as an Hawaiian private investigator, ran originally for 162 episodes over eight seasons (1980-1988) on CBS.
Knight Rider features a high-tech AI car named KITT, which David Hasselhoff uses to fight crime. It ran originally for 90 episodes over four seasons (1982-1986) on NBC.
The first five Rocky movies, starting with the Oscar-winning Rocky from 1976 through Rocky V in 1990, star Sylvester Stallone as the lovable boxer, with Talia Shire, Burgess Meredith and Burt Young.
This channel, which features Internet-originated content will present funny viral videos in The Link, hosted by Lorena Abreu. It will run Saturdays at 10 pm starting April 11.
How to Watch
Free streaming: Comet streams at comettv.com, or via Roku and Apple TV apps. Charge! streams at watchcharge.com/watch-live. TBD streams at tbd.com/live or via iOS and Android apps. You can also see all three channels on Sinclair’s STIRR service.
Other streaming options
Magnum P.I. is available to Amazon Prime subscribers. The other TV series above aren’t available on any subscription services, although some can be purchased digitally. The Rocky movies are available for rental or purchase. For rental/purchase options, we suggest consulting JustWatch or Reelgood.
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