FOX has announced a slate of programming to hype up SmackDown's premiere on the channel.
Immediately before SmackDown makes its FOX debut on Friday, October 4, there will be a half-hour "blue carpet" kickoff show. FOX wrote that "this star-studded show features 'blue carpet' arrivals and backstage access to celebrities and athletes, as well as past and present WWE Superstars to kick off the new era of WWE on FOX."
The kickoff show will air at 7:30 p.m. Eastern time, 6:30 p.m. Central time, 6:30 p.m. Mountain time, and 7:30 p.m. Pacific time.
FOX's press release noted that SmackDown will air live on the channel on Fridays at 8 p.m. Eastern and 7 p.m. Central. The show won't be live in the Mountain and Pacific time zones. It will air at 7 p.m. Mountain and 8 p.m. Pacific, though SmackDown will stream live nationwide on the FOX Sports App for all authenticated viewers.
SmackDown's 20th anniversary celebration is the theme of the FOX premiere. Brock Lesnar will also challenge for Kofi Kingston's WWE Championship on the episode.
In the days leading up to the SmackDown premiere, two hour-long specials will be shown on FOX. "SmackDown's Greatest Hits" will air on Friday, September 27. It will be hosted by Charlotte Flair and The Miz and will begin at 8 p.m. Eastern, 7 p.m. Central, 7 p.m. Mountain, and 8 p.m. Pacific.
On Sunday, September 29, John Cena will narrate a special called "WrestleMania's Legendary Moments." FOX advised viewers to "check local listings for air times surrounding Sunday’s NFL on FOX singleheader action."