UPDATED: The upcoming news and lifestyle network for Latinos and millennials today announced much of its primetime schedule as well as that former Daily Show executive producer and head writer David Javerbaum has come on board. Fusion, which is being launched on October 28 by ABC and Univision, said that Javerbaum will serve as executive producer, leading primetime comedy development. He’ll be based in LA and oversee content for all of Fusion’s West Coast programs, including the nightly show anchored by Leon Krauze and new programming concepts he’ll help develop. “I feel incredibly lucky to be getting in on the ground floor at Fusion,” the multiple Emmy winner said in a statment. “I’ve never felt prouder to be a fifth-generation Hispanic-American.” In the immediate future Javerbaum will be producing an as yet-untitled half-hour nightly satire show with The Jim Henson Company and Robot Chicken producers ShadowMachine
That show was one of many that Fusion revealed Thursday among its weeknight news and satire programming as well as weekend specials, original series and documentaries. Emmy winning Noticiero Univsion host Jorge Ramos will front the new network’s nightly flagship show America With Jorge Ramos. Other highlights include the one-hour nightly Open Source With Leon Krauze, a comedy talk show Sports Bar (working title) and the documentary series Back Home,executive produced by Diego Luna. “We believe our programs – visually compelling, creatively produced and laced with humor and irreverence – will resonate with Latinos and non-Latinos alike,” said the network’s acting president Beau Ferrari,”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.”
See the full Fusion programming descriptions below:
America with Jorge Ramos – the flagship program in Fusion’s primetime lineup, “America with Jorge Ramos” will be a bold, hard-hitting hour with Jorge Ramos, the legendary anchor of “Noticiero Univision,” Spanish-language television’s #1 newscast, and political affairs show “Al Punto.” Ramos will bring his passion, intensity, and fearlessness to the biggest stories of our time – from immigration and marriage equality to gun control and the criminal justice system – and do it for the first time in English. An audience hungry for a sharp, fair and unbiased discussion absent from the national dialogue will find it every night on “America with Jorge Ramos.”
Ramos is frequently listed among the most influential, respected and admired Latino leaders in the country. More than 2 million people tune in to his daily broadcast and almost a million to his Sunday morning program. Airs weekdays at 8:00 p.m. ET
Open Source with Leon Krauze – Obsessively well-informed, passionately curious, energetic and fun, Krauze will break down on air what you’ve been talking about all day. The live one-hour program will address a wide spectrum of topics, from politics, the war on drugs and soccer to celebrity meltdowns, video games, movies and comic books. Airs weeknights at 10:00 p.m. ET
Krauze is a Mexican-born journalist based in Los Angeles. He currently anchors two of the most-watched local newscasts in the country, KMEX’s broadcasts at 6:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.
Fusion’s original nightly satire block will include:
Sports Bar (working title) – a nightly sports comedy talk show hosted by two obsessive sports fanatics and one sports skeptic from the acclaimed comedy troupe the Harvard Sailing Team. Using the format, energy, and spontaneity of sports talk radio combined with the topical humor characteristic of late night comedy and improvisational performance, “Sports Bar” will include beyond-in-depth and humorous discussion of recent sports news, interviews with athletes and commentators, comedy sketches, special guests and innovative opportunities for audience interaction. Airs Monday through Thursday at 9:00 p.m. ET
A second primetime half-hour of innovative topical satire programming – created by Javerbaum and produced in conjunction with The Jim Henson Company (“The Muppets”) and ShadowMachine (“Robot Chicken”) – will be announced in the weeks ahead.
Saturday and Sunday nights on Fusion will be appointment viewing for original series, specials and documentaries.
Strange Medicine – a half-hour 12-part quest to find the strangest cures and most exotic medicines from around the world. Host Dr. Juan Rivera will search for and investigate alternative remedies and treatments, revealing their benefits and utility (or lack thereof). It’s Heart of Darkness meets River Monsters as Dr. Juan goes to the ends of the earth to separate fact from fiction in alternative medicines.
Back Home – From executive producer Diego Luna and Canana (“Milk,” “Y Tu Mamá También,” “Frida”), “Back Home” follows a different tastemaker each week on an epic and emotional voyage to their family’s country of origin. For some, it’s their first chance to set foot in the place their parents or grandparents were raised. For others, it’s a chance to make a long overdue return. Every episode is an intimate journey of self-discovery that sheds a light on the power of family, friends and our roots.
For two hours every weeknight from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET, Fusion will be home to new voices, witty analysis and thought-provoking commentary.
Alicia Menendez’s (currently untitled) program will be a fresh take on stories at the intersection of sex, money and politics. She’ll deliver her signature brand of witty and relatable analysis and commentary, leading a thought-provoking conversation with celebrities, newsmakers, journalists, experts and lively panel discussions. Menendez will take a closer look at the topics – from home ownership and “hook up culture” to immigration, marriage equality and student loans – that shape the daily lives of Fusion’s audience. Airs weeknights at 7:00 p.m. ET
Prior to joining Fusion Menendez was a host and producer for HuffPost Live, co-hosted “Power Play” on Sirius XM Radio and wrote for NBCLatino.com.
D.N.A. – A fast paced, interactive show designed to entertain, inspire and inform. Every night Derrick N. Ashong (aka “D.N.A.”) will explore a wide variety of socially relevant issues spanning the arts, society, technology, business and politics. Born in Ghana and raised in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and New Jersey, Ashong will share his unique perspective on issues that impact the next generation. Airs weeknights at 6:00 p.m. ET
An accomplished broadcaster, musician, and digital media influencer, D.N.A is a former host for Sirius XM and Al Jazeera English’s “The Stream.”
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