Pending Cancellation of ‘WWE SmackDown!’ Announced

Wrestling fans might want to sit down – Viacom, owners of UPN, have announced they will not be extending the contract for ‘WWE SmackDown!’ after the expiration of the current deal in the fall of 2006. “It still makes us a decent amount of money,” noted network President Les Moonves, “when you think about the powerhouses of CBS and NBC on Thursday night, it’s great counter-programming. (But) it doesn’t fit into the overall strategy.” Viacom plans to move UPN from the traditional goofy programming to a more adult-oriented vision.

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