By Sahil Patel
Seth Green and Jerry Springer are coming to the WWE — sort of.
The wrestling company’s SVOD service, WWE Network, has unveiled its 2015 programming slate, which includes eight original series from partners including Green’s Stoopid Buddy Stoodios and Springer.
The slate is headlined by “Camp WWE,” an adult, animated short-form comedy series that reimagines WWE talent as young campers attending a summer camp run by Vince McMahon. The series will be produced in partnership with Stoopid Buddy, with a premiere targeted for late 2015.
Springer will join the WWE Network as the host of “Jerry Springer Presents WWE Too Hot for TV,” which promises to reintroduce WWE fans to the “most outrageous stunts and cringe-inducing moments” from WWE history. A half-hour program, the series will debut on WWE Network in April, with new episodes airing every week thereafter.
Also coming to the streamings service: “Swerved,” from “Jackass” and “Bad Grandpa” director Jeff Tremaine. WWE and Tremaine did not reveal much about the series, except that it will consist of half-hour episodes and will premiere in May. “I’m excited to combine my brand of entertainment with the world of WWE,” said Tremaine in a statement. “It will be the ultimate mash-up.”
The rest of the originals slate includes “Diva Search” (fall premiere), a reality-competition series to find the next WWE Diva, “Live with Chris Jericho” (April 6), a monthly video podcast about the wrestling business hosted by WWE star Chris Jericho; “Unfiltered: With Renee Young” (May), a short-form interview series featuring wrestlers and celebrities such as Wiz Khalifa and Skylar Grey; “Culture Shock: with Corey Graves” (June), in which commentator Graves reveals unique venues, customs, music, food, and people in the cities WWE visits; and “WWE The List” (June), which will count down the best, worst, and most bizarre of the WWE.
In addition to the new shows, WWE Network also plans to debut new episodes of existing series, including the trio of docu-series “WWE 24,” “WWE Countdown,” and “Rivalries.” It’s also bringing back the 1985 animated kids’ series “Hulk Hogan’s Rock ’N’ Wrestling,” featuring wrestling superstars of yesteryear.
A special called “Floyd Mayweather Vs. The Big Show,” which will look back at a “WrestleMania” bout between the boxer and the wrestler in 2008, will air on April 27, in time for the Mayweather/Pacquiao fight.
In total, WWE said its streaming network will add 1,000 hours of new content to its VOD library, which currently offers more than 3,000 hours of video.
On last check, WWE Network has more than 1.3 million subscribers, and is available in more than 175 countries.