Fox today announced that WWE Smackdown Live will officially debut on Friday, October 4th. The show is scheduled to air for two hours live every Friday night from 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.
“Today marks a new beginning for Fox Entertainment. So it is with a start-up mindset and, upon an incredible foundation of assets, that we deliver our first slate of new comedies, dramas and unscripted series,” Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier said. “Alongside top creators and talent, and through innovative partnerships across the industry, we are redefining what it means to be an entertainment company, and what it means to be Fox, for 2019 and beyond.”
There have been rumors that Smackdown may move to a three hour show, but that has now been confirmed not to be the case. The reason for this is simple. Unless it’s a major sporting event or the NFL, Fox programming can only run from 8-10 pm eastern because local affiliates take over at 10 pm eastern for news and other local programming.
SmackDown Live will be taking the place of the hit sitcom Last Man Standing. There’s still no word yet on if the show will air live on the west coast or tape delay.