11:16am PT by Marisa Guthrie
Fusion Set to Launch Oct. 28
Fusion, the English-language ABC News-Univision joint venture cable network, will launch Oct. 28.
The network will launch in about 20 million homes and has distribution deals with Cablevision, Charter, Cox, AT&T U-verse, Verizon FiOS and Google Fiber. But so far, the network has yet to land carriage agreements with Comcast and Time Warner Cable, the nation's top two cable providers, and major satellite providers DirecTV or Dish.
“We believe our programs -- visually compelling, creatively produced and laced with humor and irreverence -- will resonate with Latinos and non-Latinos alike,” Beau Ferrari, Fusion's acting president, said in a statement. “Fusion’s unique combination of news, satire and original series is a completely new offering for the most exciting and fastest-growing group of young people in the country.”
The channel will be populated by a mix of news and lifestyle programming presented in English and aimed at the burgeoning acculturated Hispanic market.
Univision's Jorge Ramos will have a significant role on Fusion, anchoring signature nightly news program America with Jorge Ramos at 8 p.m. He'll continue to co-anchor Univision's flagship newscast Noticiero Univision with Maria Elena Salinas.
Sports Bar -- 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday -- is a sports comedy talk show from the comedy troupe the Harvard Sailing Team. Co-hosts for the program will be announced shortly, but it will include in-depth and humorous discussions of recent sports news, interviews with athletes and commentators and comedy sketches.
Open Source With Leon Krauze will air live at 10 p.m. Monday through Friday. Krauze, a Mexican-born journalist based in Los Angeles, currently anchors local newscasts on Los Angeles station KMEX. His Fusion show will address a wide spectrum of topics, from politics, the war on drugs and soccer to celebrity meltdowns, video games, movies and comic books.
David Javerbaum, a former executive producer and head writer for The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, will oversee content for Fusion’s nightly block of satire programming. Original series, specials and documentaries on weekend nights round out Fusion’s mix of current events, information, entertainment and humor.
The network is also developing a second satirical primetime half-hour created by Javerbaum and produced in conjunction with The Jim Henson Company (The Muppets) and ShadowMachine (Robot Chicken).