FEARnet finds wider audience

Cabler signs on with new MSOs, expands programming

FEARnet, the cabler owned by Sony, Lionsgate and Comcast that specializes in all things gore, continues to make strong inroads in its distribution and programming pipelines.

Currently in 4 million linear homes and 26 million via video on demand, FEARnet will get a major linear and VOD push on Time Warner Cable, Verizon Fios and Comcast, who are all picking up the channel. The goal is to be in 20 million homes, via linear delivery, by the end of 2012 and to eventually be available on satcasters DirecTV and Dish.

As for as its programming slate, FEARnet has acquired a pair of half-hour comedies: Canadian import “Todd and the Book of Pure Evil” and U.K. laffer “Psychoville.” Both will begin Aug. 2.

“Todd” stars Jason Mewes as a janitor who advises a group of high school kids how to save the world. “Psychoville,” written by and starring Reece Shearsmith, aired on BBC2 and won a kudo for top new laffer at the British Comedy Awards.

“We wanted our first series to be comedies,” network president-g.m. Peter Block told Variety. “Horror and comedy serve the same audience. These pieces fit really well with what we’re doing.”