Fox O&Os sign MGM’s ‘Stargate’

The Fox O&O group has picked up MGM’s latest Showtime drama series, “Stargate SG-1,” for a two-year deal beginning in fall 1998.

The Richard Dean Anderson-starrer, based on MGM’s 1994 sci-fi sleeper “Stargate,” got off to a promising start on pay cabler Showtime this month. MGM’s deal with Fox’s 22 owned-and-operated stations gives the show a broadcast TV clearance in nearly 40% of U.S. TV households and 14 of the top 20 markets.

Showtime has given MGM a 44-episode order for “Stargate SG-1,” as it has over the past two years for MGM’s “The Outer Limits” and “Poltergeist: The Legacy.” Both of those weekly dramas were picked up by some of the Fox O&Os, but while “Outer Limits” has performed well for the Fox stations, there’s no word yet whether “Poltergeist” will be back for a second year on the O&Os.

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