[WWE] Smackdown Cancellation Talk Continues

The saga of the status of WWE Smackdown on UPN continues.

The story that all the IWC hub bub has stemmed from, from a San Francisco based website Inside Bay Area which reported yesterday about Smackdown’s cancellation, has changed the wording of its original story.

Here is an excerpt of the original:

SAD NEWS: UPN won’t be bringing another installment of “Amish in the City” into your living room.

In fact, the network that blazed new trails in questionable taste from “Homeboys in Outer Space” to primetime wrestling — not to mention exploiting the religious beliefs of the Amish — offered a relatively tame presentation during the winter press tour.

That was in keeping with the news that UPN is going for respectability in the future, and in that future there’s no room for senseless degrading of the Amish or for smackdowns.

That’s right. There’s only one year left on the contract for World Wrestling Federation’s “Smackdown!” and the network has decided to let it go.

“It still makes us a decent amount of money,” says Leslie Moonves, co-president and co-chief operating office for Viacom, which owns both CBS and UPN. “When you think about the powerhouses of CBS and NBC on Thursday night, it’s great counter-programming. (But) it doesn’t fit into the overall (programming) strategy.”

Now the article has removed the parts about Smackdown’s impending cancellation, leaving only ambiguous talk about UPN’s future.

Check out the full, revised article here

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