Fuse readies new slate, rebrand

U.S. cable network Fuse is readying its new slate of original content, including the World of Wonder-produced Transcendent, to coincide with a brand re-launch on September 30.
August 4, 2015

U.S. cable network Fuse is readying its new slate of original content, including the World of Wonder-produced Transcendent, to coincide with a brand re-launch on September 30.

The fresh series accompany a previously announced rebrand that will see the network introduce an overhauled logo and brand aimed at generating original music, comedy, culture and lifestyle programming.

Among the series set to premiere this fall is Transcendent, a docuseries that will highlight the struggles of transgender cabaret performers at San Francisco’s world-renowned AsiaSF Cabaret & Restaurant. Produced by RuPaul’s Drag Race prodco World of Wonder, the series airs September 30 at 11:30 p.m. EST/PST.

The formerly music-specific network will also debut three programs from comedian Gabriel Iglesias, otherwise known as ‘Fluffy.’ Fluffy Breaks Even will feature the comedic performer and fellow tour mates as they navigate the globe. Exec produced by Iglesias and co-produced with B-17 Entertainment and Arsonhouse Entertainment, the series airs October 1 at 10 p.m. EST/PST.

As an extension of Fuse’s partnership with Iglesias, the network will also present the comedian’s forthcoming tour Fuse Presents: Gabriel Iglesias #FluffyBreaksEven. The Mexican-American comedian is also set to exec produce three 60-minute comedy specials for the network, including Gabriel Iglesias Presents: The Gentleman Jerry Rocha which bows October 17 at 10 p.m. EST/PST.

Meanwhile, The Fluffy Movie, which focuses on Iglesias’s “Unity Through Laughter” tour, receives its world TV debut on September 30 at 8:30 p.m. EST/PST.

Elsewhere, Fuse will delve into the lives of various musicians including Trey Songz, Ciara, Nate Ruess and Ed Sheeran with the original series Revealed. The Fuse Networks production premieres October 24 at 7 p.m. EST/PST.

Additionally, the cable network has revealed more details about the docucomedy series Saturday Morning Fever from Relativity Television. Exec produced by Relativity’s Tom Forman and Brad Bishop, the 6 x 30-minute series – which will launch in 2016 – focuses on the long running Philadelphia dance show, Dancin’ On Air.

Finally, the World of Wonder-produced six-part reality series Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce returns for its fourth season on September 30 at 11 p.m. EST/PST, while season two of Skee TV – a weekly series starring DJ, television host and entrepreneur DJ Skee – returns October 2 at 10 p.m. EST/PST.

“Welcome to the new Fuse,” said Fuse Media president Bill Hilary. “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.”

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.