Fusion, the upcoming cable channel from ABC News and Univision, will launch Monday October 28, the companies say. The channel will launch on a number of pay-TV operators, including Cablevision, Charter and Cox.
Fusion will have a familiar face leading its primetime lineup: “Noticiero Univision” and “Al Punto” anchor Jorge Ramos, who will host “America with Jorge Ramos,” every weeknight at 8 PM. it will be Ramos’ first English-language newscast. At 10 PM weeknights the channel will air “Open Source with Leon Krauze,” a live one-hour talk show covering both serious and silly news.
There will also be a nightly satire block, led by former “Daily Show” EP David Javerbaum. The first show in the block will be “Sports Bar,” a sports/comedy talk show. The channel is also working with the Jim Henson Company and animation company ShadowMachine on another program for the block. Yes, Fusion may be getting a nightly dose of Muppets.
The afternoon and early evening will feature programs anchored by Alicia Menendez at 7 PM and “D.N.A.” (Real Name Derrick N. Ashong) at 6 PM. The weekends will feature original specials and documentaries.
Importantly, the channel also seems to be seeking a slightly broader audience than just young Latinos. It now plans to focus on Millennials more generally, in addition to Latinos.
“We believe our programs – visually compelling, creatively produced and laced with humor and irreverence – will resonate with Latinos and non-Latinos alike,” said Beau Ferrari, acting President for Fusion 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.”