Comet TV Sparks Lineup With ‘Mystery Science Theater,’ Vintage ‘Godzilla’ Films

Sci-fi partnership between MGM and Sinclair Broadcasting reaches into the past for programming

Comet TV is hitting the rewind button for its programming lineup.

The digital broadcast network — a joint partnership between MGM and Sinclair Broadcasting Group — announced Wednesday that it is adding original episodes of “Mystery Science Theater 3000” and vintage Japanese “Godzilla” movies to its roster.

“Mystery Science Theater,” which launched on KTMA-TV in Minneapolis in 1988, is a spoof series about a janitor forced to watch B movies in outer space, along with his peanut gallery of wisecracking robots. The series later ran for years on Comedy Central. A new, crowd-funded version is slated to be made for Netflix, available later this year or early next.

“MST” will begin airing on 90 Sinclair, Titan and Tribune stations starting Sept. 4.

Comet did not specify dates for the “Godzilla” films, which were produced in Japan from 1954 to 1975. Warner Bros. has recently rebooted the franchise with a 2014 feature film, with a 2019 sequel planned.

Also in September, Comet will roll out other films and TV series, including “Jeremiah,” “Poltergeist: The Legacy,” “Dead Like Me” and the original sci-fi series, “The Outer Limits.”

Comet premiered with 1,500 hours of content from the MGM library. It premiered on Oct. 31 and now is available in more than 65 million U.S. homes.