World Wrestling Entertainment Unveils New Program Lineup
The Superstars of WWE Raw®, which airs on TNN/Monday, 9:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. ET, will be featured in two programs - WWE Sunday Night Heat® and WWE Bottom Line™, while the Superstars of WWE SmackDown!™, which airs on UPN/Thursday, 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. ET will be featured on two shows - WWE Velocity™ and WWE After Burn™. The company has also developed a new Saturday night program called WWE Confidential™ that will feature the overall World Wrestling Entertainment™ brand.
"This new Line™up better reflects our brand extension, and will further define the WWE Raw® and WWE SmackDown!™ brands, as well as advancing and reinforcing storylines and our Superstars," said Linda McMahon, CEO of WWE™.
In support of the WWE Raw® brand, the company has unveiled the following program changes:
q WWE Sunday Night Heat® (Debuts on Sunday May 26, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. ET on MTV) is hosted by Raven™ and The Coach™ and brings you the hottest mat action and interviews that Ric Flair™'s WWE Raw® has to offer! A 60 minute live event show featuring the hottest WWE™ Superstars such as Stone Cold Steve Austin™, Undertaker®, Rob Van Dam™, Kane™, Ric Flair™ and many more. Once a month WWE Sunday Night Heat® comes to you live from the site of WWE™ Pay Per View Spectaculars where Raven™ and The Coach™ bring to you last minute details and behind the scenes information from backstage.
q WWE Bottom Line™ (debuts in syndication on Friday and Saturday, May 24 and 25, check local listings) delivers highlights and exclusives for WWE Raw®. This magazine format show will analyze what went down on WWE Raw® and WWE Sunday Night Heat® as well as showcase WWE Raw® Superstars like you've never seen them before.
In support of the WWE SmackDown!™ brand, the company has unveiled the following program changes:
q WWE Velocity™ (debuts Saturday, May 25, 10:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. ET on TNN) is a brand new one hour live event show featuring the talent of Vince McMahon's WWE SmackDown!™. Formerly the first hour of WWE Excess™, WWE Velocity™ will showcase original matches and highlights from Superstars such as The Rock®, Hollywood Hulk Hogan™, Kurt Angle™, Edge™, Chris Jericho™ and many others. This unique one hour live event show will be hosted each week by the newest addition to the television roster Marc Loyd and WWE Tough Enough™ trainer Al Snow™.
q WWE After Burn™ (debuts in syndication on Saturday and Sunday, May 25 and 26, check local listings) will break down the week that was for the WWE SmackDown!™ Brand. WWE After Burn™ will highlight matches and interviews from WWE SmackDown!™ and WWE Velocity™ as well as peeking behind the scenes with WWE SmackDown!™ Superstars as they invade the entertainment world.
The company has also unveiled plans for a new program:
q WWE Confidential™ (debuts Saturday, May 25, 11:00 p.m. - Midnight ET on TNN) is a weekly magazine-style program that will give World Wrestling fans an up-close look at World Wrestling Entertainment™ and its past and present Superstars, both in and out of the ring. WWE Confidential™, which airs in the timeslot previously belonging to the second hour of WWE Excess™, is scheduled to feature episodes that showcase all aspects of a particular Superstar, including a "Day in the Life" of a World Wrestling Entertainment Superstar and historical perspectives on classic World Wrestling Entertainment™ matches and events.
World Wrestling Entertainment™ (NYSE: WWF) is an integrated media and entertainment company headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices in Chicago, New York, Toronto and London. Additional information on the company can be found at WWE.com and WWEcorpbiz.com.
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