Opry Entertainment will be available in homes across the U.S. throughout 2020 with Circle, a new network offering more than a dozen original programs. As part of the network launch, Circle will re-air Hee Haw, the beloved long-running music and comedy show that aired from 1971-1993 and 1996-1997.
Circle launches Jan. 1, 2020 with the 24/7 linear network with 16 original shows while the streaming premium service (OTT) will launch in the spring. The station is expected to be available in over 50-percent of U.S. households at launch. Circle will be available on Gray Television stations in 56 markets including New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Tampa and Detroit, among others, through a distribution agreement with CBS Television Stations.
“We are excited to launch the network with a fantastic slate of new, original programming that is true to Circle’s core mission,” said Drew Reifenberger, general manager of Circle Media, in a statement. “These 16 shows are just the start of how we intend to bring fans closer to the artists they love, with more than a dozen additional shows in various stages of production and development. Serving as the regular drumbeat of Circle will be our broadcasts of each week’s live Grand Ole Opry performances.”