ReelzChannel Inks Deal To Acquire Five Mini-Series From Sonar Entertainment

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ReelzReelzChannel has closed a deal with Sonar Entertainment to acquire five new four hour mini-series which will air on the cable network in 2013. The five mini-series covered by this deal include Cat. 8, Delete, Eve of Destruction, Exploding Sun and Ring of Fire.

The acquisition of these five mini-series is part of Reelz’s push into original scripted programming. The network started on that path after the success they saw with The Kennedys – a mini-series they acquired after History opted not to air the “controversial” program. Since then the network has been programming originals – especially on the scripted side – largely by acquisitions. Other series which have been acquired by the network include Bomb Girls, True Justice, XIII and mini-series Barabbas. The network also has one orginial scripted project in development: After Camelot, which is an 8 episode mini-series which has been described as a sequel to The Kennedys.

“We’re thrilled to bring our viewers five epic television events with Sonar Entertainment’s action-packed miniseries,” said Stan E. Hubbard, CEO of ReelzChannel. “All of these miniseries feature talented casts and incredible visual effects depicting nightmarish stories about cataclysmic events that deliver a blockbuster experience and a large, relevant audience for us to deliver our unique movie recommendations to.”

Created by Donald Martin, Cat 8 follows Michael Mitchell, a government outsider and renegade scientist, who is called upon to reverse a cataclysmic disaster when a breakthrough in global defense backfires. The result is a fireball four times the size of Earth streaking toward our planet. With mere hours before the atmosphere ignitesm can he reverse this cataclysmic disaster in time? The mini-series stars Matthew Modine (The Dark Knight Rises, Weeds), Maxim Roy (ReGenesis) and Ted Whittall (Smallville).

From an original screenplay by Stargate‘s Joseph Mallozi and Paul Mulle, Disaster tells the story of a terrorist threat that goes viral, plunging our world into chaos and pitting it against an enemy we never anticipated. A terrorist group known as Dubito is suspected of uploading a virus that cause a meltdown at a nuclear power plant. The virus goes worldwide causing computers to become dangerously self-aware with one systematic purpose; to destroy mankind. Faced with possible extinction, there is only one way out: to create a second artificial intelligence, just as alive, just as intelligent and just as dangerous. The four hour mini is directed by Steve Barron (Merlin) and stars Seth Green (Family Guy), Keir Gilchrist (United States of Tara), Matt Frewer (Falling Skies), Janet Kidder (The Killing), Erin Karpluk (Being Erica), Gil Bellows (Ally McBeal) and Ryan Robbins (Sanctuary).

Eve of Destruction tells story of two scientists who attempt to discover an unlimited clean energy source. However, their experiment is sabotaged by eco-terrorists and results is a dark energy black hole that could destroy the planet. The mini-series was written by Richard Beattie (True Justice) and stars Steven Weber (In Plain Sight), Christina Cox (Blood Ties) and Treat Williams (White Collar).

Penned by Jeff Schecter (Strange Days at Blake Holsey High). Exploding Sun tells the story of what happens whe the first ever commercial space shuttle is struck by a solar storm. The disaster hyper-charges the engine and catapults the ship on a direct course for the sun. But the danger becomes more universal when it’s discovered the event will trigger an infinitely larger solar storm that could send Earth back into the Stone Age. The mini stars David James Elliott (JAG), Anthony Lemke (Blue Mountain State), Natalie Brown (Being
Human
) and Julia Ormond (Temple Grandin).

Written by Michael Vickerman (Impact), Ring of Fire opens as an oil rig causes an eruption in a small town, it’s just the first in a series that could affect the dangerous Ring of Fire that contains most of the world’s volcanos. If these cataclysmic eruptions cannot be stopped, the Earth could be headed for an extinction level event. The mini stars Michael Vartan (Alias)Lauren Lee Smith (CSI), Terry O’Quinn (Lost) and Agam Darshi (Sanctuary).