With news of AEW Dynamite staying on TNT through 2023 and a second AEW television show coming soon, there could be some major changes to the existing Dark program on YouTube.
Tony Maglio of The Wrap got to speak with Kevin Reilly, chief content officer, HBO Max, president, TNT, TBS, and truTV and asked about what that second television show could be. Reilly revealed that it could be a rebranded and renamed version of Dark that will be used to further showcase the athletes of the promotion and their individual stories.
"We’re going to embellish [‘AEW Dark’ on YouTube] and put some additional material, kind of behind-the-scenes, kind of docu-follow stuff, if you will, about the athletes and the stories. We think that’s going to end up being a really good, robust, different kind of show," Reilly said.
With Dark itself possibly moving to a television format, where does that leave the current version of the show? As it stands, Dark features matches that are taped before and after every episode of Dynamite with commentary from a special guest. Reilly said he wants to AEW to have some presence on YouTube, but wouldn't necessarily keep putting the entire episode of Dark on YouTube only.
"I think we should continue to put some stuff out on YouTube, just to build that bridge — but not the whole show," Reilly said.
Reilly also commented to Variety that there are no plans to air the show on Mondays against WWE Raw.
It had been previously reported by Dave Meltzer that the four-year deal between AEW and WarnerMedia is worth a total of $175 million. The deal reportedly has an option on the fourth year, with a "significantly increased price."
You can find the full press release on the AEW Dynamite extension by clicking here.