- Space (TV channel)
Infobox TV channel
name = Space
logofile = Space TV Logo.svg
logosize = 130px
October 17, 1997
broadcast area = National
former names =
replaced names =
sister names =
timeshift names =
web = [http://www.spacecast.com Space]
terr serv 1 =
terr chan 1 =
sat serv 1 =
sat chan 1 = Channel 627
sat serv 2 =
sat chan 2 = Channel 528
cable serv 1 = Available on most Canadian cable systems
cable chan 1 = Check local listings, channels may vary
Space (styled SPACE) is a Canadian
English language cable television specialty channelowned and operated by CTVglobemedia. It features science fiction, fantasy, horror, and paranormalprogramming including films, documentaries, scripted television series and more. SPACE often uses the subtitle "The Imagination Station" following its name.
The channel was licensed by the
Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission(CRTC) in 1996. It debuted on October 17, 1997at 6:00 p.m. EST, under the ownership of CHUM Limited, airing the film " Forbidden Planet", followed by a commentary on that film by author Robert J. Sawyer, followed by the film " Mars Attacks!". The Sawyer commentary was the first example of the interstitial materials — mostly produced by Mark Askwith— that have become SPACE's signature: short, snappy, mini-documentaries on science fiction and science topics shown between programs, collectively known as "SPACE Flow". Daily installments include "Space News" (formerly "SPIN", for "Space Information and News").
As with Teletoon and
MuchMusic, Space was created specifically to prevent the import of a similar American television network, thereby maintaining Canadian contentwhenever possible. In this case, Space was introduced in lieu of Canadians receiving the Sci Fi Channel; it has been criticized for not carrying the same type of programming as its U.S. counterpart, although most (but not all) original Sci Fi programming eventually finds its way onto Space. There are some delays, however. For example, the popular Sci Fi series "The Invisible Man" didn't begin airing on Space until after it had finished its run on Sci Fi. It does currently run " Stargate SG-1" delayed from its initial airing on Sci Fi, and as of January 22, 2006, began airing the companion/spin-off series " Stargate Atlantis". There are some shows that air on Space that do not air on Sci Fi, such as such as "Primeval" and "Relic Hunter". CTVglobemediatook over Space on June 22, 2007, as a result of a takeover of CHUM Limited.
*The station is mentioned in
Tanya Huff's book, " Smoke and Ashes".
; "The Spacey Awards": Space presents its own awards called the
Spacey Awardsto the best in sci-fi, fantasy and horror films, television series and video games. Some of the awards are voted on by viewers and the others by Space.
Santa Claus Conquers the Martians": Every Christmas, Space airs Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, a "so bad it's good"-category film, as a salute to bad sci-fi.
Programs on Space
The Circuit" - News and information as from the entertainment industry with a sci-fi and fantasy slant.
* "Behind the Scenes" - A look at the creation and bringing to life of various sci-fi series and specials, features interviews with writers, editors, stars and others
* "HypaSpace" - News and information as well as the latest gossip from the entertainment industry, specifically science fiction and fantasy genres
It Came From The Basement!" - A look at people's eclectic collections of sci fi related material
Shadow Hunter" - A series that focuses on the paranormal as seen by a ghost hunter (hosted by Darryll Walsh)
Shelf Space" - A look at and interviews with authors of science fiction, fantasy, comic books, and science fact
SpaceBar" - Late night movie "host segments" reminiscent of Mystery Science Theater 3000
SpaceNews" - News tidbits relating to space, NASA, CSA and Earth-based satellites
Space Top 10 Countdown" - Space counts down what’s hot and what’s caught our attention in genre film and television, from superheroes, movie villains, aliens and killer cyborgs. Hosted by Space on-air personalities Kim Poirierand Jonathan Llyr.
* [http://www.spacecast.com Space]
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