WWF Excess to replace Superstars, LiveWire
New York, NY -- August 21, 2001 -- The World Wrestling Federation
will produce a new two-hour magazine format series, WWF Excess, to anchor
TNN's new five-hour Saturday night sports and entertainment lineup,
"Slammin' Saturday Night," it was announced today by Diane Robina, Executive
Vice President and General Manager, TNN and Stuart Snyder, COO, World
Wrestling Federation Entertainment. "Slammin' Saturday Night" will premiere
on TNN on Saturday, Aug. 25 (7:00 PM-12:00 Midnight, ET/PT) with the WWFE
series telecasting at 10:00 PM, ET/PT-12:00 Midnight, ET/PT.
WWF Excess will be telecast live from WWFE's television studio in Stamford,
Conn. The new series replaces LiveWire and Superstars, which are currently
telecast on Saturday and Sunday mornings, respectively, on TNN. WWF Excess
will be hosted by Jonathan Coachman and Trish Stratus and will feature
highlights from that week's live events, interviews with World Wrestling
Federation Superstars, as well as feature segments about World Wrestling
Federation activities. Viewers will also have the opportunity to e-mail and
call in questions for the Superstars. The first episode will feature a live
interview with World Wrestling Federation Superstar Triple H.
"Saturday nights on TNN will become a new destination for viewers
looking for the best in high-adrenaline sports and entertainment," stated
Robina. "We're very excited that TNN will have the first World Wrestling
Federation branded program where viewers can interact with World Wrestling
Federation Superstars. In addition, World Wrestling Federation fans will be
attracted to TNN's other adrenaline-charged sports and entertainment - TNN'S
Robot Wars: Extreme Warriors, Professional bull riding, and monster trucks."
"The two-hour timeslot gives us additional diversity in
programming content and is the perfect complement to our live event-based
programs (Raw Is War on TNN, WWF Smackdown! on UPN), live programs (Sunday Night Head on MTV) and reality-based programming (WWF Tough Enough on MTV),"
stated WWFE's Snyder. "Entertaining our fans is always the first priority.
Towards that goal, we're extremely excited to bring them an open and
interactive forum to participate in WWF EXCESS via telephone and e-mail."
-- SLAM! Wrestling news wire