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#1 Posted on 9.8.12 0729.27
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From the Los Angeles Times:

Some big names are returning to Saturday morning television: Haim Saban and a colorful cadre of professional wrestlers.

In two weeks, the Los Angeles billionaire's company, Saban Brands, will launch a five-hour block of original children's programming called Vortexx. Aimed at young boys, the slate of shows will air on the CW television network and be anchored by "WWE Saturday Morning Slam," a new program produced by World Wrestling Entertainment.

The half-hour show, which debuts Aug. 25, marks the return of WWE to Saturday morning children's television after an 11-year absence. Saban Brands hopes to exploit the wrestlers' popularity among children to lift the Vortexx lineup of shows, which feature action-charged characters, including those from the Power Rangers and Yu-Gi-Oh brands.

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Saban and WWE are hoping to capitalize on research data that show children, including a healthy contingent of boys younger than 12, make up 22% of the audience for the wrestling group's core franchises, "Monday Night Raw" and "SmackDown," which run on the NBCUniversal cable channels USA Network and Syfy, respectively.

"Children make up a huge, huge component of our audience," said Eric Pankowski, senior vice president for WWE creative and development.

In an average week, the audience for WWE's national programs includes more than 2.5 million viewers younger than 18, Pankowski said, and about 40% of the people who attend live WWE events bring their kids.

Saban Brands approached WWE about doing the new show. Executives working for the media mogul noticed toys featuring WWE wrestlers were among the bestselling items in the toy aisle, where burly wrestlers do battle with figures from Power Rangers, Star Wars and Transformers.

"We said, why isn't there a show for kids that features WWE wrestlers?" said Joel Andryc, co-president of Vortexx.

"WWE Saturday Morning Slam" will feature one wrestling match a week, as well as wrestler profiles and behind-the-scenes footage, Pankowski said.

Pankowski said his group was aware of concerns about violence in the media. More than a decade ago, the wrestling company tangled with parent advocates over allegations that children were getting hurt replicating stunts they saw on TV. In 2002, WWE received a multimillion-dollar defamation settlement after a parent group unsuccessfully tried to tie the organization to a Florida beating death.

All of WWE programming will carry a TV-PG rating, Pankowski said.

"We are very sensitive to the fact that we are speaking to an audience of children," Pankowski said. "We want to make sure that the content that we put on at 10 o'clock on Saturday morning is appropriate for younger audiences. And we will be baking into our content such as our pro-social 'Be a Star' anti-bullying campaign."

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-ct-saban-kids-tv-20120809,0,1323347.story



So not exactly Hulk Hogan's Rock N Wrestling...close to the Saturday morning syndicated programs of old. Saban is a big company with deep pockets but is probably best known 'round these parts for being the company behind the Power Rangers.
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#2 Posted on 10.8.12 0042.58
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    Originally posted by Spiraling_Shape
    Saban Brands approached WWE about doing the new show. Executives working for the media mogul noticed toys featuring WWE wrestlers were among the bestselling items in the toy aisle, where burly wrestlers do battle with figures from Power Rangers, Star Wars and Transformers.


That last bit sounds ten times better than any possible Superstars match they could put on between Be A Star recaps and "Michael Cole's Top 10 TOUTs of the Week".
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#3 Posted on 10.8.12 0048.12
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    Originally posted by TheOldMan
      Originally posted by Spiraling_Shape
      Saban Brands approached WWE about doing the new show. Executives working for the media mogul noticed toys featuring WWE wrestlers were among the bestselling items in the toy aisle, where burly wrestlers do battle with figures from Power Rangers, Star Wars and Transformers.


    That last bit sounds ten times better than any possible Superstars match they could put on between Be A Star recaps and "Michael Cole's Top 10 TOUTs of the Week".


I've seen John Cena overcome the odds before, but I'd like to see him face Lord Zedd, Darth Vader, and Megatron in a Saturday Morning Gauntlet match. EMBRACE THE MERCHANDISE!
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#4 Posted on 10.8.12 1556.24
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Hey, since they're back on Saturday mornings, they should bring back and update this song:

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#5 Posted on 10.8.12 1605.06
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Vince should retroactively fire whomever put that together. I realize it's from '95, but that's some sub-Amiga-level graphics work going on.
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#6 Posted on 10.8.12 1713.32
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If they're going to do this, they should bring back a Saturday late afternoon/early evening show too, ala WCW Saturday Night.

I know it's not prime viewing but I just love the feeling of a late Saturday afternoon show.
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#7 Posted on 10.8.12 2223.03
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The official over/under on how many times in the first month that Alex Riley wrestles on this show is at 2.5.
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#8 Posted on 13.8.12 2309.24
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    Originally posted by John Orquiola
    Hey, since they're back on Saturday mornings, they should bring back and update this song:




You mean update THIS song

Cena cool, Undertaker
Shawn Michaels heartbreaker
Dolph Ziggler, nice to meetcha
Ropes shaken by Batista
Matt Striker go to school
Hunter Helmsley's balls are blue
Kung Fu Naki from Japan
Regal Englishman
Goldust's still mighty sickening
Jack Swagger's kind of lisping
Randy Orton, walk slow
Guy who sucks: Santino
ARE YOU READY?
ARE YOU READY TO GO?
Cinch up your seatbelt, get ready for the ride
It's Superstars time so baby hold on tight

=============

good news. here it is! are you ready?

Cena cool, Undertaker
Shawn Michaels Hall of Famer
Daniel Bryan, yes or no?
Zack Ryder knows it, bro
Damien Sandow go to school
Hunter Helmsley's suit is blue
Sakamoto from Japan
Sheamus Irishman
Otunga's drinking coffee
Think AJ's gonna stalk me
Heath Slater, band of one--
Ryback's here, now he's done
ARE YOU READY?
ARE YOU READY TO GO?
Cinch up your seatbelt, get ready for the ride
It's Superstars time so baby hold on tight
edit: It's Saturday Morning Slam so baby hold on tight

(edited by JustinShapiro on 14.8.12 0017)
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#9 Posted on 14.8.12 2238.39
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    Originally posted by Torchslasher
    The official over/under on how many times in the first month that Alex Riley wrestles on this show is at 2.5.


According to the SPOILERS for tonight's SD! taping...he's wrestling on the very first show! Off to a good start!
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