SEPT. 9 Telethon - What Happens to "Smackdown!"

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The
[Judging from the looks of this, I'm guessing the premiere of UPN's "WWE 
Smackdown!", which was scheduled for Fri., Sept. 9, will be bumped back 
a week. (If that doesn't tell you how little importance UPN places on 
"Smackdown!" these days, I don't know what does...) ] 


http://www.thefutoncritic.com/cgi/pr.cgi?id=20050902cbs02


Friday, September 2, 2005
ALL SIX BROADCAST NETWORKS JOIN FORCES TO SIMULCAST ³SHELTER FROM THE 
STORM: A CONCERT FOR THE GULF COAST² A LIVE ONE-HOUR, COMMERCIAL-FREE 
SPECIAL TO RAISE FUNDS FOR VICTIMS OF HURRICANE KATRINA
Released by CBS

ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, The WB and UPN will join forces next week for a 
primetime special entitled SHELTER FROM THE STORM: A CONCERT FOR THE 
GULF COAST, to raise funds for those impacted by the devastating effects 
of Hurricane Katrina.

In a cooperative and collaborative effort, the six broadcast networks 
will present this one-hour commercial-free simulcast on Friday, Sept. 9 

the brave citizens in the devastated areas of Louisiana, Mississippi and 
Alabama and pay tribute to the rescue personnel guiding relief efforts 
in the region.

SHELTER FROM THE STORM: A CONCERT FOR THE GULF COAST will be broadcast 
live from locations in New York City and Los Angeles to the Eastern and 
Central time zones and tape-delayed in the Mountain and Pacific time 
zones. It will also be made available to other broadcast networks, cable 
networks, radio stations and broadband Internet providers.

Joel Gallen, who produced the unprecedented ³America: A Tribute to 
Heroes² telethon in September 2001 in the aftermath of the 9/11 tragedy, 
will executive produce the special, which will feature musical 
performances and appearances by celebrities from the world of film, 
television and music.

Means and method for donation, as well as additional information 
regarding those taking part in the special, will be announced at a later 
date.
                                            
David
More like it shows how little regard the networks have for Friday
night. UPN just had to go with it so they wouldn't be the only ones
left out. What possible non-cynical reason could the nets have for not
scheduling the telethon on a Thursday or Sunday?
                                            
me
People still watch wrestling? I quit watching it when I was like 15...
                                            
Taylor
Wrestling for young boys should be like watching 'The Teletubbies'... 
you outgrow it. If you're watching shit like WWF/WWE "wrestling", then 
you should also be playing w/ your '80s G.I. Joe dolls.
                                            
GarondoMarondohotmailcom
Well, a lot of people do get paid on Fridays.













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Garondo Marondo!
                                            
The
THURSDAY - FOX is premiering "The O.C." & "Reunion" that day. With WS 
baseball coming up, FOX has a narrow window to operate in terms of 
airing programing before X-Mas. I'm sure they vetoed a Thursday date. 

SUNDAY - FOX is premiering their Sunday night lineup that day. Same 
factors apply - see above. 


From what "Variety" was saying, they were originally shooting for a 
Tuesday, Sept. 6 date, but that fell apart when some thought it was too 
close to Labor Day. 

That, of course, doesn't explain why they didn't do it Wednesday - no 
shows are premiering this Wednesday.
                                            
David
If their goal was to raise the most money then can Thursday would've
been ideal. Between football and "CSI" there'll be 35-40 million
viewers, probably twice as much as they can expect on any other night
next week. 

FOX should've pushed "The O.C." to 9 and delayed "Reunion" for a week.
Ultimately it won't make much difference whether they air 4 episodes
before baseball playoffs or 3.