After only a few months on the air, WarnerMedia has extended its deal with All Elite Wrestling (AEW) through 2023 to include a new, straight-to-series spinoff.
The budding wrestling league, founded by Tony Khan, began airing Dynamite in on Wednesdays in October. The announcement was made ahead of WarnerMedia’s presentation day at winter TCA on Wednesday.
“When we launched AEW one year ago, we wanted to start a revolution that would disrupt the wrestling business, but everyone said that it would take a strong weekly television partner to make AEW real in the eyes of everyone – above all, the fans,” Khan, president and CEO of AEW, said in a statement. “What virtually no one realized at the time was Kevin Reilly and TNT were committed to this very same movement from day one, and their belief in us made it possible for AEW to think and act big from the start… We’re now making the ultimate statement that the team of AEW and TNT is here to stay and to bring fans more of the great wrestling that the fans demand and deserve.”
Brett Weitz, general manager of TNT, TBS and truTV, says that TNT will continue to be a destination for big, lean-forward TV. That includes sports like AEW, movie packages and high-concept shows like the Jennifer Connelly-led Snowpiercer, which will premiere Sunday, May 31, after being piloted twice at two networks under two different showrunners.
TBS will contain more “escapist fun,” Weitz revealed, like the second season of its anthology series, Miracle Workers: Dark Ages. TruTV, on the other hand, will present “bold entertainment that is fresh, loud and audacious.”