MCA TV will give an advance test for its two-hour syndicated action series pilot “Escape From Atlantis” by premiering it on the Starz! and Encore cable networks in March.

The movie, filmed on the island of Oahu by Harris Entertainment Inc., is then scheduled to premiere in syndie during fourth quarter ’97.

“Escape From Atlantis” stars martial arts expert Jeff Speakman and Brian Bloom of “Melrose Place.”

Starz! and Encore, which fall under the Tele-Communications Inc. corporate umbrella, reach a combined subscriber base of about 14.5 million.

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