EXCLUSIVE: Univision-owned Fusion continues to expand its original content, partnering with The Onion to develop a weekly television series based on its spinoff site The A.V. Club, Deadline has learned.
Expected to premiere later this year on the millennial-focused news and satire channel, the new series will offer curated pop culture content for Fusion viewers including recommendations on film, TV and other entertainment. The show also will highlight popular content from the A.V. Club archives, such as the music series A.V. Undercover and the comedy-oriented Pick a Choice.
The news follows last week’s announcement that Univision is now the sole owner of the Fusion brand, which had been a joint venture between Univision and Disney. Univision acquired a controlling stake in The Onion in January and has folded various Onion properties including Starwipe, Clickhole and A.V. Club into the newly formed Fusion Media Group.
This marks the third time The Onion has moved into television; the satirical sports show Onion SportsDome ran for one season on Comedy Central and parody show Onion News Network ran for two seasons on IFC. It is, however, the first time the brand has built TV programming around its non-parody output.
Founded in 1993 as a media and entertainment supplement to The Onion’s print edition, A.V. Club was spun off into a distinct website in 2005. Over the years it has produced a string of online hits, including Nathan Rabin’s My World of Flops. A.V. Club also was largely responsible for bringing advice column Savage Love and its creator Dan Savage to a national audience.