12/05/2008. Contributed by Jessica Martin
SCI-I Channel has secured cable rights to CBS's TV fantasy/horror series, Ghost Whisperer. SCI FI will launch the series in the fall of 2009.
In addition, SCI-FI will have access to shows in the CBS library, including Star Trek: The Next Generation, which will premiere Monday June 2nd 2008 on SCI-FI, Charmed, Early Edition, Highlander, Friday the Thirteenth: The Series and the classic sitcom Mork & Mindy, among others.
"Ghost Whisperer is an incredible addition to SCI FI's programming inventory," said Thomas Vitale. "The paranormal is very popular with our audience, as evidenced by the huge success of our original series 'Ghost Hunters' and 'Ghost Hunters International,' television's most popular paranormal franchise. As part of SCI FI's primetime lineup, 'Ghost Whisperer' will appeal to our existing audience, while bringing in new viewers, including more women."
SCI-FI will air Ghost Whisperer in a weekly 4-hour primetime stack beginning in the autumn of 2009.
In Ghost Whisperer, Jennifer Love Hewitt stars as Melinda Gordon. Melinda communicates with earthbound spirits, ghosts who cling to the living because they have unfinished business that prevents them from moving beyond the familiar earthy plane of existence. The series is inspired in part by the work of mediums James Van Praagh and Mary Ann Winkowski. It explores the spiritual side of life and death as Melinda navigates among the living and the dead in her chilling sometimes heart-rending and sometimes amusing attempts to act as an intermediary between the ghosts and those they haunt.
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