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Old 08 Feb 2008, 12:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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...on CW at least

After a successful decade of "SmackDown" on both UPN and The CW, World Wrestling Entertainment and The CW have agreed to conclude our partnership. Since The CW's exclusive negotiation period ran out as of last Thursday, January 31, we have been contacted and have been in negotiations with other networks. "WWE SmackDown" will continue to air on The CW until the conclusion of the 2007-08 broadcast season. We are grateful to Les Moonves, Dawn Ostroff, and their entire organization for bringing "WWE SmackDown" to millions of viewers for so many years.
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Old 08 Feb 2008, 01:26 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Wow.

I did not expect that... even with the mediocre ratings.
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Old 08 Feb 2008, 01:44 AM   #3 (permalink)
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The CW is getting out of the ring, parting ways with the WWE's "Smackdown" franchise after failing to reach a new deal with the wrestling org.

WWE announced the split late Thursday night, saying it had been "in negotiations" with other nets since last week. CW's exclusive negotiating frame with WWE ended Jan. 31. "Smackdown" will end its run at the end of the 2007-08 season.

There was no immediate word on where "Smackdown" might land, but cabler USA might be a logical home. It already has a relationship with the WWE.

NBC has also aired some primetime grappling, but a weekly

franchise-- even in the era of "American Gladiators"-- would be off- brand for the network, one net insider said. News Corp.'s MyNetwork TV might also make sense, though the lack of an announced deal would suggest that such a pact isn't a slam dunk.

"After a successful decade of 'Smackdown' on both UPN and the CW, World Wrestling Entertainment and the CW have agreed to conclude our partnership," WWE said in a statement explaining the move. Org did not give a reason for the decision.

CW put out a similar press release that offered no further explanation.

With the WWE and CW unable to come to a quick agreement, it's believed CW execs had begun telling its stations that a deal might not make, people familiar with the situation said. Rather than wait for rumors to begin leaking out, WWE apparently opted to get the news out first.

CW (and previously UPN) execs had mixed feelings about the WWE franchise. "Smackdown" consistently delieved solid ratings for the network and its UPN predecessor since 1999, giving the net a pulse on weak nights such as Friday. "Smackdown" also filled two hours of programming, allowing CW to focus on fewer nights.

On the other hand, wrestling didn't always fit in with the femme focus the CW has tried to cultivate via hits such as "Gossip Girl" and "America's Next Top Model."

It's believed CW execs were open to the idea of keeping "Smackdown" on their air, but only at the right price. Since that price wasn't available, CW execs seemed to have decided to bite the bullet and move on without wrestling.

Still, given the CW's difficulties generating big ratings with scripted shows, losing "Smackdown" will present problems for the young net.

WWE was careful to word its statement without any sharp comments, even going so far as to praise CBS Corp. supremo Leslie Moonves and CW chief Dawn Ostroff. A CW rep couldn't immediately be reached for comment.
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Old 08 Feb 2008, 02:04 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I don't get CW, maybe I'll actually be able to watch Smackdown once they switch.
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Wow.

I did not expect that... even with the mediocre ratings.
The ratings were very good Trev.

This baffles me, Who would've thought ECW would have a home and Smackdown would get dropped?
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Old 08 Feb 2008, 10:30 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Next week, on HGTV.....WWE Smackdown!!!!
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Old 08 Feb 2008, 10:34 AM   #7 (permalink)
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OEO!!!!!!!!!! What up man?
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Old 08 Feb 2008, 10:43 AM   #8 (permalink)
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hey TruTHHH.....just hanging around for a few minutes.....this TOWC thing is hilarious.....
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Old 08 Feb 2008, 11:44 AM   #9 (permalink)
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You know how we do, this TOWC war is better than the 1st one. But you Goldberg marks are 10 times smarter than the RKO marks, atleast you guys put a half a fight.lol
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Old 09 Feb 2008, 01:47 AM   #10 (permalink)
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smackdown should go onto whatever they renamed court tv where the only show is that stupid 'reality lifeguard' show
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The CW has terminated its relationship with Vince and Linda McMahon’s World Wrestling Entertainment and will no longer air WWE Smackdown after Sept. 12, 2008.

A brief statement by the network said, “After a successful decade of Smackdown on both UPN and The CW, The CW and World Wrestling Entertainment have agreed to conclude our partnership. We are grateful to Linda and Vince McMahon and their entire organization for providing great entertainment to our viewers for so many years.”

The wrestling show first began airing on UPN and was picked up for The CW when UPN merged with The WB two years ago.

The negotiating window for a new deal between The CW and WWE ended on Jan. 31, according to sources familiar with the negotiations, and a new rights fee could not be agreed upon.

The CW insiders said the network was not exactly excited about renewing, since the Smackdown adult 18-34 rating this season had decreased to a 1.4, which made it only the seventh highest-rated show on the network in prime time.

Another issue that led to the CW’s decision to drop Smackdown was that the show was entirely young-male oriented and then network was not able to use it’s Friday night telecast to promote its female-skewing Sunday programming.

There was absolutely no audience flow to any of our other shows,” a CW insider said. “No one who watched Smackdown watched any of our other shows on any other night.
Smackdown was originally a time buy on UPN, where it first aired beginning 10 years ago. Several years ago, UPN began selling the ad time on Smackdown and when UPN and The WB merged into The CW two years ago, The CW sales staff began selling ad time for it.

Selling ads on Smackdown became challenged, sources said, because it could not be sold in combination or as part of packages with other CW female-skewing shows.

“I think we just knew it was time to move in another direction,” a CW insider said.
1.)Exactly like I've been saying, they're weeding out the old fans.

2.)So is WWE's fault their other shows sucked?
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Old 09 Feb 2008, 02:37 AM   #12 (permalink)
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The kiddie age is upon us. Fuck.
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We still have some time left, the last show actually takes place on my 30th b-day September 12,2008.
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Old 11 Feb 2008, 11:50 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Bull shit. Lots of older marks are on this site so that would be a hock of crap. Yes its fake fighting. But not just for kids, never has been just for kids. But its becoming more that way which is craptastic.
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