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MyNetworkTV Grabs “WWE Smackdown” off The CW’s Hands

MyNetworkTV and World Wrestling Entertainment has announced a new home for WWE Smackdown.  The series will debut on MyNetworkTV this coming fall.

As was noted in this article, The CW declined to renew their contract with WWE, which resulted in the organization seeking a new home for the program.

The full press release follows below.

MyNetworkTV CROWNS WWE ITS NEW PROGRAMMING CHAMP

Network Is the Exclusive Prime-Time Broadcast Home of “WWE(R) SmackDown(R)” Beginning Fall 2008

NEW YORK MyNetworkTV and World Wrestling Entertainment(R) (WWE) have announced a new broadcast television home for “WWE SmackDown,” scheduled to debut in Fall 2008. The announcement was jointly made by MyNetworkTV President, Greg Meidel and WWE Chairman of the Board Vincent K. McMahon.

In making the announcement, Meidel stated, “The momentum at MyNetworkTV continues with this major acquisition. We have demonstrated tremendous growth and this partnership with WWE, the premier sports entertainment franchise in the world is a perfect fit for our viewers, advertisers and affiliates.”

The two-hour television program will be presented weekly on MyNetworkTV. “WWE SmackDown” will feature a star-studded cast of WWE Superstars, including Edge(R), Rey Mysterio(R), Batista(R), MVP, Kane(R) and Undertaker(R), as well as present all the action, excitement, drama and great athleticism that have made it for nine years one of the most popular programs among males on broadcast television, and one of the top ten English language prime time programs among Hispanic households.

WWE Chairman Vince McMahon added, “We are excited to add MyNetworkTV and its television affiliates to our family of global network partners. We have an unmatched record of delivering ratings success to each and every network partner we’ve worked with in our long and storied history. We fully intend to bring that same level of success to MyNetworkTV.”

About MyNetworkTV

MyNetworkTV is a primetime general entertainment broadcast television network. Reaching over 97% of the country and targeted to Adults 18-49, MyNetworkTV provides its affiliates 12 hours of diverse programming Monday through Saturday, including “Celebrity Expos,” Langley Productions’ “Jail” and “Street Patrol” and debuting in Spring 2008, “Under One Roof” starring Flavor Flav. For more information, please visit www.mynetworktv.com.

About World Wrestling Entertainment

The WWE produces original weekly programming, 52 weeks per year, distributed domestically, internationally and via WWE.com. WWE programs reach more than 16 million total viewers during the average week. Our domestic cable and broadcast programs include “Monday Night RAW” and “A.M. RAW” on USA Network and “ECW: Extreme Championship Wrestling” on the Sci Fi Channel. WWE’s television programming can also be seen in more than 130 countries around the world on broadcast partners including BSkyB in the UK and Foxtel in Australia.

Additional information on World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. (NYSE: WWE) can be found at wwe.com and corporate.wwe.com. For information on our global activities, go to http://www.wwe.com/worldwide/.

Trademarks: All WWE programming, talent names, images, likenesses, slogans, wrestling moves, and logos are the exclusive property of World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ECW is a trademark of WWE Libraries, Inc. All other trademarks, logos and copyrights are the property of their respective owners.

Forward-Looking Statements: This news release contains forward-looking statements pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, which are subject to various risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties include the conditions of the markets for live events, broadcast television, cable television, pay-per-view, Internet, feature films, entertainment, professional sports, and licensed merchandise; acceptance of the Company’s brands, media and merchandise within those markets; uncertainties relating to litigation; risks associated with producing live events both domestically and internationally; uncertainties associated with international markets; risks relating to maintaining and renewing key agreements, including television distribution agreements; and other risks and factors set forth from time to time in Company filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Actual results could differ materially from those currently expected or anticipated. In addition to these risks and uncertainties, our dividend is based on a number of factors, including our liquidity and historical and projected cash flow, strategic plan, our financial results and condition, contractual and legal restrictions on the payment of dividends and such other factors as our board of directors may consider relevant.

Source: MyNetworkTV

  • Graham

    want is the cannel I Love wwe raw and wwe smackdown

  • Graham

    want is the cannel I Love wwe raw and wwe smackdown

  • Madison Borders

    Is WWE Smackdown going to be in HD on ksmo. If so what channel do you go to?

  • Madison Borders

    Is WWE Smackdown going to be in HD on ksmo. If so what channel do you go to?

  • I hope Smackdown gets to the same level as RAW with this move.

  • I hope Smackdown gets to the same level as RAW with this move.

  • Jan

    I have Direct Tv. I do not receive my Friday Night Smackdown anymore. I miss the show and the stars that are on it. Is there any possible way that My Network Tv work something with Direct Tv?
    Thank-You.
    Sincerly,
    Smackdown Fan

  • Jan

    I have Direct Tv. I do not receive my Friday Night Smackdown anymore. I miss the show and the stars that are on it. Is there any possible way that My Network Tv work something with Direct Tv?
    Thank-You.
    Sincerly,
    Smackdown Fan

  • an upset fan

    directv needs my network tv

  • an upset fan

    directv needs my network tv

  • Leona Pierce (Ft. Myers, Flori

    I have DirecTV and can no longer get Smackdown. I am constantly arguing with the people at DirecTV about them getting this program. They are so sick of me calling them that they are taking $5.00 off my monthly bill. Since this is a local station and should be available in my area on channel 8, it shows me that channel is not available. I was told to get rabbit ears and attach them to a TV that does not have DirecTV and maybe I can get that station. However, I am reading MynetworkTV news and it seems that Smackdown frequently gets pre-empted for other shows. So now what? What was Vince McMahon thinking?? Can’t WWE see already how many viewers they have lost? Help!!

  • Leona Pierce (Ft. Myers, Florida)

    I have DirecTV and can no longer get Smackdown. I am constantly arguing with the people at DirecTV about them getting this program. They are so sick of me calling them that they are taking $5.00 off my monthly bill. Since this is a local station and should be available in my area on channel 8, it shows me that channel is not available. I was told to get rabbit ears and attach them to a TV that does not have DirecTV and maybe I can get that station. However, I am reading MynetworkTV news and it seems that Smackdown frequently gets pre-empted for other shows. So now what? What was Vince McMahon thinking?? Can’t WWE see already how many viewers they have lost? Help!!

  • SMACKDOWNS NUMBER 1 FAN

    I WANT TO SEE SMACKDOWN BUT I HAVE DIRECTTV

  • SMACKDOWNS NUMBER 1 FAN

    I WANT TO SEE SMACKDOWN BUT I HAVE DIRECTTV