Anime returns to the Sci Fi Channel!
Back in the early 90s, the Sci Fi Channel started a block which showcased animation and anime called Animation Station, which had popular shows like Transformers, Robotech, Gigantor, Galaxy High School, Ronin Warriors, Ewoks, Droids, Bionic Six,
and others. Later on, they moved it to Saturday mornings, then to late, late Saturday nights before canning it, stating that they will NEVER air animation again.
All that started to change in 2004, when NBC purchased Universal (Sci Fi Channel's parent company). An original series, Tripping the Rift,
made its premiere, as well as the network premiere of Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within.
It was only a matter of time...
Now, that time has come!
On June 11, the Sci Fi Channel will premiere Ani-Monday, a weekly two-hour block of anime programming. Episodes, films, and other content for the block will be provided by Manga Entertainment. According to Sci Fi executive vice-president Dave Howe, this block is a part of an overall initiative to redefine Sci Fi as a "lifestyle brand," not just a cable TV channel. The new block will air from 11PM-1AM.
Read the full scoop at Broadcasting Cable.