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Weirdness at FCN: ‘Eerie’ is re-newed

“Eerie, Indiana” – the short-lived NBC supernatural series that last aired in 1992 – has come back to life on the Fox Kids Network.

Fox acquired the rights to the 18 “Eerie” episodes that John Cosgrove and Terry Dunn-Meurer in association with Hearst Entertainment originally produced for the Peacock web’s primetime sked more than five years ago. Fox will program the half-hour series in the 10:30 a.m. Saturday slot starting Jan. 18. NBC aired the show in primetime on Sunday nights from September 1991 to April 1992 with little success.

The show is about two boys and their life in the weird town of Eerie, Ind., where bizarre things happen.

In its announcement, Fox made no acknowledgment that the show first premiered better than five years ago on NBC. Fox said it has an option for production of more episodes if the show does well on its kids network.

That could prove interesting, considering that the two leads – Omri Katz and Justin Shenkarow – now are five years older.

All the broadcast networks have been struggling with their kidvid fare this season as cable webs including Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network continue to make inroads.

Still, the decision to grab a 5-year-old show and position it as new programming is unusual. Fox is putting the show in behind its top-rated kidfare “Goosebumps.”

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