WWE Network Releases 2015 Programming Lineup. The WWE has unveiled their WWE Network programming slate for the rest of 2015. The fledgling network will add 8 new series along with partnerships with Seth Green (Robot Chicken) and talk show host Jerry Springer.
Here are the breakdowns of the new shows.
Camp WWE (late 2015) – a new, animated short-form comedy series entitled Camp WWE. Imagine WWE Superstars and Divas when they were kids at their favorite summer camp, which happens to be run by none other than Mr. McMahon. Add in shock-value, slapstick humor and social satire, and you have WWE’s first adult comedy, which will debut later this year.
“We’re insanely excited about this collaboration,” said producer Seth Green. “WWE is one of the most heartfelt and professional organizations I’ve worked with. We’re beyond happy to help them realize this vision.”
Swerved (May) – WWE teams up with the Director of Jackass and Bad Grandpa, Jeff Tremaine, to give you the hilarious original series, Swerved. Swerved is a half hour series and will premiere in May.
“I’m excited to combine my brand of entertainment with the world of WWE,” said Tremaine. “It will be the ultimate mash-up.”
Diva Search (Fall) – WWE spans the globe in search of the most beautiful, athletic and charismatic women to find the next stunning WWE Diva. This competition will give viewers the opportunity to witness the challenges, trials, drama and rewards that accompany the journey of these women, as they vie for superstardom.
Jerry Springer Presents WWE Too Hot for TV (April) – Hosted by legendary talk show host Jerry Springer, this series will re-introduce the WWE Universe to the most outrageous stunts and cringe-inducing moments in TV history. The series will be chock full of insane situations and racy romps from WWE’s past that will have members of the WWE Universe asking, “Did they really do this?!” Springer will inject his own brand of humor into each episode with themes such as “Love Hurts,” “All in the Family” and “Weddings and Funerals.”
“I suspect 25 years of The Jerry Springer Show qualifies me to comment on outrageous behavior,” said Springer. “And what is more outrageous than the entertainment, drama and craziness of the WWE. This is going to be fun.”
Live! With Chris Jericho (debut April 6th) – Podcast host Chris Jericho challenges his guests in provocative, candid conversations about their careers, their lives, past controversies and the overall state of WWE. The monthly series kicks off Monday, April 6th immediately following Raw, with its first one-hour episode featuring WWE Superstar John Cena.
“I’m stoked to bring my show to WWE Network and give Jerichoholics worldwide more of what they’ve come to expect – humor, questions that have never been asked before and the best conversations that any podcast host has ever delivered,” said Jericho. “No matter who the guest is, whether it be WWE Superstars, Divas, Legends, executives or icons from the entertainment world, I guarantee to deliver the best, most entertaining interview you have ever heard from each and every one of them.”
Unfiltered: With Renee Young (May) – WWE announcer Renee Young interviews WWE Superstars and other pop-culture celebrities, covering just about everything, except what they are famous for. In this short-form series, Renee’s guests include Grammy Award winner Wiz Khalifa, five-time Grammy nominee Skylar Grey and WWE Superstars Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins.
Culture Shock: With Corey Graves (June) – WWE commentator Corey Graves reveals a variety of unique venues, customs, music, food and people as WWE’s tour travels around the world. From Marvel comic headquarters to a tattoo shop on the lower east side of Manhattan, Graves examines the local culture with his unique perspective and style.
WWE The List (June) – WWE The List is the best, the worst, the most bizarre and interesting of everything and anything WWE. If it’s amazing, outrageous, sexy or just plain fun, it just made #TheList.
The WWE’s approach to television programming with their WWE Network definitely warrants a closer examination. The WWE Network operates by offering fans monthly subscriptions (in the $10 range) for 6-month terms, which includes the current slate of WWE programming as well as live coverage of each month’s pay per view event. The network’s roughly $60 price point is the equivalent of what fans would generally pay to watch only one or two pay per views. In their typically brash fashion, the WWE goes as far as to advertise their WWE Network service on other pay per view providers broadcasts of WWE pay per views.
It seems counter-intuitive that the company would rather sell fans their $10 monthly network than $30 monthly pay per views but I am willing to give the WWE the benefit of the doubt because they have been at the forefront of marketing through pay per view and vod for decades. I can’t help but wonder if their strategy of locking fans up in advance with cheap WWE Network contracts rather than asking them to constantly shell out for monthly pay per views is due to keen industry insight, or a case of some WWE marketing exec/former wrestler taking one too many chair shots to the head?
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