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CountryUnited States
Broadcast areaNationwide
HeadquartersAlbuquerque, New Mexico
Picture format720p (HDTV)
(HD feed downgraded to letterboxed 480i for SDTVs)
OwnerHubbard Broadcasting
Sister channelsOvation
LaunchedSeptember 27, 2006 (2006-09-27); 15 years ago
Former namesReelzChannel (2006–12)

Reelz (formerly known as Reelz Channel) is an American digital cable and satellite television network owned by Hubbard Broadcasting. The network's programming was formerly devoted to entertainment-oriented programming focusing on the Hollywood film and entertainment industry, with programs featuring information on theatrical film releases as well as information on movies released on DVD and airing on cable television. Currently, outside a few entertainment programs, repeats of the Oxygen series Snapped, and some reality series and films, the network mainly airs original and acquired films, series, and documentaries about celebrity scandals.

As of February 2015, Reelz is available to approximately 68.2 million pay television households (58.6% of households with at least one television set) in the United States.[1]


Previous Reelz logo as ReelzChannel (2006–2012)

The network launched on September 27, 2006 as ReelzChannel,[2] initially available on satellite providers DirecTV and Dish Network. The network originally maintained a programming focus similar to the original format of E! (and its predecessor MovieTime), focusing on programs about the entertainment industry including movie review and junket interview series. The network eventually signed carriage agreements with various cable providers including Time Warner Cable, Comcast, Charter Communications and Altice.[citation needed] The network's programming then was tailored to allow insertion of order details and channel positions for film titles being offered through each provider's pay-per-view and video on demand systems.[citation needed]

In early 2009, ReelzChannel moved its operations from Los Angeles, California, to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where Hubbard owns that city's NBC-affiliated television station KOB. KOB and ReelzChannel, however, maintain separate facilities.[3] At that point, the network shifted its programming focus to incorporate acquired series alongside its entertainment news programs. In August 2011, ReelzChannel debuted its first miniseries, The Kennedys. An unauthorized biopic centering on President John F. Kennedy, Jackie Kennedy and the Camelot empire,[4] ReelzChannel acquired the rights to the film after it was passed by History. In November 2012, the network shortened its name to simply Reelz.[citation needed]


Reelz original programming is produced both in the US and internationally. For example, the network premiered a docudrama in 2017, Titanic: Sinking The Myths, starring Ed Asner, examining the circumstances surrounding the ocean liner disaster.[citation needed] In 2020, Reelz ordered The Story of the Songs from ViacomCBS Networks UK, in association with the British branch of Paramount Network.[5]

The network's original promotional remit regarding cable and satellite pay-per-view and video on demand services, which remains in its carriage contracts, is contractually fulfilled by an occasional on-air segment hosted by a Celebrity Page personality, REELZ Recommends, and an email newsletter service, which highlights programs available via streaming video and video on demand.[citation needed]

Current programming[edit]

A list of shows currently airing.[6][7]

Original programming[edit]

  • Autopsy: The Last Hours of...
  • Behind Closed Doors with Natalie Morales
  • Behind the Screams
  • Breaking the Band
  • Celebrity Damage Control
  • Celebrity Legacies
  • Celebrity Page (formerly OK!TV)
  • Charles Manson's Bloodline[8]
  • CopyCat Killers
  • Demons in the City of Angels
  • Executed with Deborah Norville
  • Fortune Fights
  • Friends Speak
  • Gangsters: America's Most Evil
  • Hollywood 911
  • Hollywood Scandals
  • How to Survive a Murder
  • Kicked Out of Hollywood
  • Murder in the Family with Geraldo Rivera
  • Murder Made Me Famous
  • On Patrol: Live
  • On Patrol: First Shift
  • The Price of Fame
  • The Real Story of ...
  • Scandal Made Me Famous
  • The Story of the Songs (also known in the United Kingdom under the titles Whitney/Madonna/Celine Dion: The Secrets of Her Biggest Hits and Rod Stewart: The Secrets of His Biggest Hits)[9][10][11]
  • Serial Psyche

Acquired programming[edit]

Upcoming programming[edit]

Original programming[edit]


Former programming[edit]


Awards ceremonies[edit]

Other services[edit]

Reelz HD[edit]

Reelz HD is a high definition simulcast of Reelz broadcasting in the 720p resolution format, which launched on August 1, 2010. The first provider to carry the feed was AT&T U-verse, which began carrying ReelzChannel HD on September 27, 2010; Dish Network carried the HD feed as a free preview from March 30 to May 4, 2011.[23] DirecTV began carrying the HD feed on September 26, 2014.[24] DirecTV also carries ReelzChannel's video on demand content in HD. Verizon Fios began carrying the HD feed on March 25, 2017.

ReelzChannel In Your Room[edit]

Reelz formerly operated a service for hotels in partnership with LodgeNet, called ReelzChannel In Your Room. This featured a mix of Reelz's original programming with reviews and promotions of films available on a hotel's video on demand service.


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  2. ^ Reelz Channel launches today TV September 27, 2006 Joel Keller
  4. ^ a b ReelzChannel To Air ‘Kennedys' Miniseries Multichannel News February 1, 2011
  5. ^ "Reelz set to tell "The Story of the Songs" with Viacom International Studios UK". Realscreen. March 13, 2020. Retrieved November 6, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ "Shows - REELZChannel". Retrieved August 7, 2016.
  7. ^ "ReelzChannel". Zap2it. Retrieved August 7, 2016.
  8. ^ White, Peter (July 17, 2018). "Reelz To Air DRG-Funded Charles Manson Documentary Series 'Manson's Bloodline'".
  9. ^ "Whitney: Secrets of Her Biggest Hits: Whitney Houston - S1". Radio Times.
  10. ^ "The Story of the Songs Series and Episode Guides | TV from RadioTimes". Radio Times.
  11. ^ "Madonna: Secrets of Her Biggest Hits: Madonna - S1". Radio Times.
  12. ^ Rice, Lynette (January 20, 2023). "Reelz Becomes Official U.S. Home For Major League Wrestling". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 20, 2023.
  13. ^ "Crime Drama Series "Cracked" Makes Its U.S. Premiere Friday, August 30, 2013 at 10PM ET/7PM PT". The Futon Critic. August 6, 2013.
  14. ^ Barnett, David C. (January 27, 2015). "The Unlikely Comeback of Polka". Ideastream. Retrieved April 29, 2015.
  15. ^ D'Astolfo, Guy (April 9, 2015). "Chardon Polka Band reality TV show premieres Saturday". The Vindicator. Retrieved April 29, 2015.
  16. ^ Richmond, Ray (July 28, 2013). "TCA: ReelzChannel Unveils 'JFK: The Smoking Gun,' 'The Capones,' 'Hollywood Hillbillies'". Deadline Hollywood.
  17. ^ ReelzChannel Picks Up 'Pillars Of The Earth' August 30, 2011
  18. ^ 'World Without End' Miniseries Heads to ReelzChannel May 22, 2012
  19. ^ "Reelz Announces New Programming for January 2020". The Futon Critic. December 20, 2019.
  20. ^ O'Neil, Tom (June 6, 2010). "'Modern Family' leads nominations for new Critics' Choice TV Awards". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 8, 2011.
  21. ^ Ausiello, Michael (June 6, 2010). "Mad Men, Fringe, Good Wife, Modern Family, Community, Justified Lead Critics Choice Kudos". TVLine. Retrieved June 8, 2011.
  22. ^ Natalie Tadena (July 2, 2015).Donald Trump's Miss USA Pageant Lands on Reelz Cable Channel. Wall Street Journal.
  23. ^ "REELZCHANNEL to Offer "The Kennedys" in High Definition Nationwide Only on DISH Network". PRWeb.
  24. ^ "Reelz (238) and Ovation (274) HD coming (now launched) | Page 2". SatelliteGuys.US. Retrieved August 7, 2016.

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