Fuse Gears Up for Network Rebrand in the Fall


NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES: On September 30, Fuse is slated to launch a rebranded network focused on sexy, edgy and relevant original music, comedy, culture and lifestyle programming.

The first original series to premiere on the new Fuse will be Transcendent (September 30 at 11:30 p.m.), a World of Wonder docuseries spotlighting the lives of transgender women who perform at the AsiaSF Cabaret & Restaurant in San Francisco. The series will be preceded by the season four debut of Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce on the same night at 11 p.m. September 30 will also see the world TV premiere of The Fluffy Movie, featuring never-before-seen footage from comedian Gabriel Iglesias, at 8:30 p.m.

Marking the first original show developed as part of Fuse's expanded multiyear collaboration with Iglesias is Fluffy Breaks Even, slated for broadcast on October 1 at 10 p.m. The unscripted program follows Iglesias and his tour mates and fellow comedians as they travel to new cities.

Two other originals are headed to Fuse in October: the second season of SKEE TV (October 2 at 10 p.m.), a talk show hosted by DJ, producer and digital media pioneer DJ Skee, and Revealed (October 24 at 7 p.m.), which showcases the work of musicians through interviews and behind-the-scenes footage.

Also part of Fuse's partnership with Iglesias is FUSE TV Presents Gabriel Iglesias #FluffyBreaksEven, the comedian's upcoming tour, which launches on September 24. Iglesias is also exec producing a trio of comedy specials for the network, including Gabriel Iglesias Presents: The Gentleman Jerry Rocha, slated for broadcast on October 17 at 10 p.m., and at least one other show.

In addition, Fuse has given the go-ahead to six half-hour episodes of the Relativity Television docu-comedy Saturday Morning Fever, about a locally-produced dance show in Philadelphia called Dancin' On Air. That title will debut at some point next year.

Bill Hilary, the president of Fuse Media, remarked: "Welcome to the new Fuse. We are very proud of this fall lineup as a representation of where we are headed, and we look forward to further developing programming that will engage and entertain. In order to reach the multicultural, Millennial audience of trendsetters and influencers that we are calling New Young Americans, we need to deliver programming that is diverse, sexy, honest and edgy. While this lineup is just the beginning, we are excited to be presenting new and returning series that will fuel our viewers' passions and broaden their experiences, as we broaden our brand beyond music and into new areas."