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Cabler greenlights action laffer 'Invisible Man'

Sci Fi Channel has greenlit production on “Invisible Man,” an original one-hour action-comedy series created by Matt Greenberg (“Halloween: H20”).

In addition to the two-hour pilot, the cabler has ordered 12 episodes of the series, which will begin airing in June as part of Sci Fi’s Friday night original programming block.

Exec produced by Greenberg and Jeff Fazio (“The Hunger”), “Invisible Man” stars Vincent Ventresca (“Boston Common”) as a small-time thief who is drafted into secret government experiments on invisibility.

“Invisible Man” will be distributed by USA Cable Entertainment in association with Sci Fi.

Cryptic tales

The cabler also announced that it has secured exclusive rights to the anthology series “Tales From the Crypt” in a multiyear deal with Twentieth Century Fox Television.

Following a monthlong latenight debut on Sci Fi in October, “Tales” will join the network’s regular lineup on Dec. 22.

Sci Fi has acquired 92 half-hours and one one-hour episode of the series, which debuted on HBO in 1989.

Exec produced by Joel Silver, Robert Zemeckis, Richard Donner and Walter Hill, series has featured performances by Kirk Douglas, Brad Pitt, Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg.

“Tales” will premiere as part of the channel’s “Four Play” programming strategy of scheduling mini-marathons of sci-fi series Monday through Wednesday nights. Sci Fi will air four hours of back-to-back episodes of “Tales” each Wednesday night.

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