Sci Fi Channel brings 3 series back to life

'Crow,' 'Island,' 'Highlander' return for summer

NEW YORK — The Sci Fi Channel has called three limited-run hourlong series back from the dead for primetime scheduling this summer.

  • The 1998-99 remake of “Fantasy Island,” from Columbia TriStar TV, starring Malcolm McDowell, which ABC canceled after 13 episodes. The new version departed from the Ricardo Montalban original by delving more into the occult.

  • “The Crow: Stairway to Heaven,” the TV version of the 1994 theatrical movie about a murdered hero who returns from the dead to take on evildoers. From Universal, it lasted one full season (1998-99) of 22 episodes in firstrun syndication.

  • “Highlander: The Raven,” another spinoff of a theatrical movie, also dealing with dead heroes who come back to life. Paramount produced 22 episodes for syndication in 1998-99.

“Fantasy Island” kicks off on Sci Fi as a weekly series July 11. “Crow” and “Highlander” will run back-to-back in primetime, beginning July 23.

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