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Syfy picks up 'Friday Night Smackdown'

13 April 2010 1:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

There's nothing more sci-fi than ... competitive wrestling.

Syfy has announced a multiyear agreement bringing World Wrestling Entertainment's "Friday Night SmackDown" to the network starting in October. The move will shift the network's longtime Friday night drama series block to Tuesday nights.

It's just the network's latest step away from its sci-fi roots, a transition that began in earnest last year with the rebranding of the channel to Syfy.

"WWE is the ultimate in imagination-based sports entertainment," Syfy programming president Dave Howe said. "The fantastical thrills of 'Friday Night SmackDown' provide an ideal addition to the Syfy slate, as it targets the younger male and female demographics, which are the fastest-growing categories for WWE."

Adding wresting to the network's Tuesday nights should help its series "Caprica" and "Stargate: Universe" reach a larger audience, he said.

The "SmackDown" franchise helped bolster lineups at the CW and MyNetworkTV. The series averages about 3.4 million »

- By James Hibberd

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