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Sci-Fi reups ‘Science’

10th season of 'Theater 3000' to hit airwaves

NEW YORK — The Sci-Fi Channel has commissioned a 10th season of 13 two-hour episodes of “Mystery Science Theater 3000,” claiming that it’s “the longest-running comedy series currently on television.”

The show, a cult hit since it began on Comedy Central in November 1989, won a Peabody Award in 1993. It features Michael J. Nelson as a janitor stuck on a spaceship, called the Satellite of Love, who’s forced to watch lousy sci-fi and monster movies. While the films unspool, Nelson and a pair of wisecracking robots (the voices of Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy) deliver constant asides that poke merciless fun at the movies.

Jim Mallon is executive producer of the series, which is produced by Minnesota-based Best Brains Inc.

The Sci-Fi Channel also said it has bought 61 hours of the old “Wonder Woman” series from Warner Bros. Domestic Pay TV, along with 43 movies including “Batman,” “Beetlejuice,” “Superman,” “The Witches of Eastwick,” “A Clockwork Orange” and three Stephen King miniseries: “Salem’s Lot,” “The Shining” and “It.”