Fusion Media Group is bringing a slate of digital-inspired formats to television via its network, Fusion TV, the network announced today. First up is seven-episode, half-hour series “Sex.Right.Now. with Cleo Stiller” developed from a popular digital series created with Stiller in 2015 called “Asking for a Friend”. Both formats cover taboo sexuality, body and health questions. “Sex.Right.Now” will premiere on Thursday, Oct. 5th.
The format represents Fusion’s approach to bringing titles from its owned-and-operated digital publishers — Jezebel, Lifehacker, The A.V. Club, Kotaku, Deadspin, The Root’s Very Smart Brothas, and Gizmodo — to television.
“We have an incredible opportunity to take our digital brands—which have large, dedicated, and engaged audiences online—and extend their reach across more screens,” said Daniel Eilemberg, President ofFUSION. “The editorial teams that drive these sites cover the subjects our audience is passionate about and we’re thrilled to be collaborating with them to produce programming that is compelling and true to their distinct voices.”
Following “Sex.Right.Now”, Fusion TV will also air three other formats in car culture, food, gaming and news including “Car vs America,” from the Gizmodo Media Group and Jalopnik, “The Root 100” and “The Onion Presents”. (Show descriptions below)
From a release:
- Sex.Right.Now. with Cleo Stiller | We are all about getting in touch with who we are and what we want—across all aspects of life. In this new seven-part series, Cleo Stiller seeks to answer deeply personal questions, with a no stigma, no judgement approach, about body confidence, sex, relationships, health, and identity – from what happens when you hook a man up to a menstrual cramp simulator and why some of us are thinking about being single forever, to the way Instagram is fueling a new level of body confidence visibility. “Our goal is to empower viewers by providing them with the crucial information they need to forge healthy, happy, satisfying sex lives,” Stiller said. “Sex.Right.Now.” originated from a web series Stiller created in 2015 called “Asking for a Friend,” which focused on all the burning body, health and sexuality questions we’re all too afraid to ask. “Sex.Right.Now.” premieres Thursday, October 5 @ 10PM. Watch preview.
- Car vs America | This high-octane immersive docu-travel series dives helmet-first into modern car culture throughout the USA from the perspective of Jalopnik’s car-obsessed editors Michael Ballaban and Raphael Orlove. The guys are out to see what current car culture looks like—from skid plate racing to drifting and beyond. In each episode, these two young car nerds attempt to tackle various car based challenges that bring the singular automotive knowledge and know-how of Jalopnik.com to television. Their road trip across America will also introduce audiences to some of the most interesting local food and cultures. More on the show from the Jalopnik editors here. “Car vs America” premieres Wednesday, October 18 @ 8PM.
- The Root 100 | FUSION TV will have special television broadcast featuring The Root 100. The primetime special will pay tribute to the black innovators, leaders and change agents recognized on The Root 100, an annual list of the most influential African Americans, ages 25 to 45. The program will put a spotlight on the best and brightest in the fields of social justice, politics, entertainment, sports, media, the arts, science, technology and business. Check out the list here. “The Root 100” will air November 19 @ 9PM.
- The Onion Presents | The Onion continues its commitment to providing searingly accurate coverage of news events through a series of “The Onion Presents” primetime specials. These specials will build on the success of last year’s special coverage of President Trump’s Address to Congress. Topics and air-dates TBD.