Fuse, which has also expanded its partnership with comic Gabriel Iglesias — known as Fluffy to his fans — is rebranding itself with “edgier” series focusing on music, comedy, culture and lifestyle.
“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,” said Fuse Media President Bill Hilary.
Fuse has greenlit six half-hour episodes of the reality series “Saturday Morning Fever” from Relativity Television (“Catfish: The TV Show,” “The Great Food Truck Race”), which filed for bankruptcy on Thursday and will sell its film and television units. Relativity’s Tom Forman and Brad Bishop are currently executive producing the series, which is set to debut in 2016.
The series spotlights “Dancin’ on Air” a long-running, local Philadelphia dance show that breeds rising stars.
“Transcendent” will be the first original series to debut on the new Fuse. The docu-series produced by World of Wonder (“RuPaul’s Drag Race”) documents the lives of the trans women who perform at San Francisco’s AsiaSF Cabaret & Restaurant. It will be preceded on Wednesdays this fall by the cabler’s highest-rated show, “Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce,” which returns for season four on September 30.
“Fluffy Breaks Even,” the network’s first original show developed as part of a multi-year partnership with Iglesias, launches on October 1. The unscripted series features Iglesias and his fellow eccentric comedians on tour. Meanwhile, “The Fluffy Movie” makes it world TV debut on September 30.
As an extension of Fuse’s partnership with Iglesias, the network is also airing the comedian’s upcoming tour, “FUSE TV Presents GABRIEL IGLESIAS #FluffyBreaksEven,” which kicks off September 24 in Colorado. Iglesias is executive producing three comedy specials for the cabler as well.
Meanwhile, season two of DJ Skee’s talk show “SKEE TV” returns October 2 and “Revealed,” featuring musicians Ed Sheeran, Trey Songz, Jason Derulo, Ciara and Nate Ruess, premieres on October 24. The new series showcases artists’ body of work through interviews and behind-the-scenes footage.