MeTV Super Sci-Fi Saturday Night Should Become "Sci-Fi Saturday"


By Ken Hulsey

If you grew up a major Sci-Fi Geek like me then you have probably really enjoyed MeTV's "Super Sci-Fi Saturday Night" programming that showcases many of the classic fantasy TV series that we all grew up with. As many of you know the cable network recently shifted many of these series into late-night time slots and moved the Svengoolie show (A late night horror host program from Chicago that shows classic horror and sci-fi movies) into prime-time. I personally think that this was a mistake.

Now don't get me wrong, I really love Svengoolie and I believe that his wonderful show draws great ratings for the network in their 8 to 10pm time slot.

My beef however revolves around that fact that all those classic sci-fi shows that I want to watch now come on from ten at night to five in the morning (known as Red Eye Sci-Fi)  making it impossible to enjoy them unless you are a chronic insomniac, which I'm not.

I have solution for this, change "Super Sci-Fi Saturday Night" to "Sci-Fi Saturday" by making the entire day a showcase for these great programs. I honestly think that I would be a huge success.

First stage of my plan, make Saturday morning Saturday morning again. What I propose is airing classic cartoons like "The Jetsons", "Scooby Doo", "Speed Buggy", "Valley of the Dinosaurs" and "Hong Kong Phooey" from six in the morning to noon (Maybe eleven?).

Second stage, move the existing shows like "Batman", "Star Trek", "Battlestar Galctica", "Lost in Space", and "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" to late Saturday morning/afternoon/early evening.

To fill these time slots the network would probably have to acquire more series, possibly "Space 1999", "UFO", "Project UFO", "In Search Of" or "The Six Million Dollar Man".

I don't know about you, but I grew up watching these shows on Saturday afternoons so the switch in programming seems natural in my opinion.

I could also envision an afternoon movie program that airs stuff like "Godzilla", "Rodan" and "Forbidden Planet" another Saturday afternoon staple from the good ol' days.

I would keep Svengoolie right where he is and possibly repeat the line-up from earlier in the day from ten to five if programming is needed to fill those slots.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this below.

6 comments:

  1. I agree completely! especially about adding the Gerry Anderson series; UFO, Space: 1999. They might prove bit more difficult to obtain the rights to but it would be well worth it. Some others of the old Anderson series that could also be options: His Supermarionation shows for Saturday Morning, like; Stingray, ThunderBirds, Joe 90. Another American series that could work is Quinn Martin's "The Invaders". I'd love to host the shows, as I'm something of a historian of such scientific-Fi Fare.

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  2. I think that possibly some Sci-Fi shows from overseas may be really popular like Doctor Who and Ultraman. I don't know what it would take to get those? I totally agree with you Pepe. As far as know those shows aren't airing on any network. Also some of the 90s shows like Xena and Babylon 5 would be great additions.

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  3. I love this idea. Add some Buck Rogers, V, Space 1999, Andromeda, Airwolf, Babylon 5, Blakes 7, seaQuest, Jason of Star Command/Space Academy, Knight Rider, The Tomorrow People, The War of the Worlds TV series and keep The Wild Wild West.

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    1. Great reply my Captain! I agree with all those shows. I loved Babylon 5 back in the day and to my knowledge it isn't being shown on any network. I want to add Supertrain to the list ... I know it was a flop but it is campy as all get out.

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  4. I'd love this. Things were never this awesome even back in the day...closest we got on the west coast was the regular networks airing saturday morning cartoons, followed by kbhk channel 44 airing Svengoolie at around 2:30 or 3 p.m., and then horror show at around 11 p.m. Unfortunately, I'm not so sure there are any independent stations left that'd even consider doing this.

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  5. I agree with everything you wrote. I especially like the classic cartoon line-up. If MeTV can get the rights, bring back some Hanna Barbera sci-fi: Herculoids, Thundarr, Space Ghost, and all that.

    To be honest, I miss Svengoolie at the 10pm time slot. I always thought that "Late Night Horror Hosts" should be..well.....late night. Have I gotten that old that 8pm is now late night???? Wow.

    I know this is huge for him at 8pm and he deserves a great spot...but I still miss the 10pm show.

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