WWE is gearing up for 5 hrs of live TV each week on the USA Network.
Chris McCumber, president of entertainment networks at NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment is quoted as saying, “There is a huge appetite among our viewers for live programming and the ability to move ‘Smackdown’ to a live format brings a new level of excitement and helps truly eventize this every week”.
Vince McMahon also commented on the move, “WWE’s flagship programs will both leverage the incredible depth of our talent roster, distinct storylines and the unpredictable nature of live TV. This move will undoubtedly build more excitement and deepen engagement with our fans around the world.”
The first episode of live Smackdown is slated for Tuesday, July 19, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.