AEW president and CEO Tony Khan has provided an update on the second TV show the promotion will be launching in the hopefully not too distant future.
Kevin Reilly previously worked for WarnerMedia and was one of the big proponents for AEW, but was fired last month. He’d said in the past that the new show could be a version of Dark, but Khan has said that’s not the case.
Speaking on a media call ahead of All Out, Khan explained:
“It’s funny because I speak to them a lot and they’ve actually, I’ve had texts from top executives at Warner because we talk so much about promoting the show and about ideas – I actually texted while we’ve been on this call with you guys. It’s a great relationship, and like I’ve said it’s the lifeblood of our company, our media partnership. Kevin, at the time when he was saying Dark, that was not accurate. We were not going to bring Dark into the third hour and we had communicated that but it was a miscommunication and I think Kevin misunderstood some of the materials. Dark was doing very, very well and I think it is doing very, very well and Dark has actually risen since this conversation we had with Kevin. But, we would do a totally different third hour and keep Dark on YouTube, and that is still the plan and that show will be launched in the next year. I don’t have an exact date, I can promise you it will be in the next year, but I don’t know exactly when. There’s a lot of work that’s gonna go into it that still needs to be done in terms of market testing, a lot goes into launching a show and before it’ll go on network television we’ll have to do all that work. I think frankly, as far as going in and doing that market research and putting together a launch plan, the pandemic sidetracked us on that and it made it more difficult, and as far as people developing new shows and working on them, a lot of shows have been slowed down. We’ve been really fortunate that AEW Dynamite has been on through the pandemic and done really, really well, and hsa consistently been in or around the top 10 shows. And that was our goal and their goal for us. I don’t know exactly when, but as things are starting to hopefully get more and more normal and hopefully as the country keeps trending in a better direction, in terms of going back to work we’ll be definitely launching the show soon. I don’t know the exact date though.”
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