For Warner Bros Discovery, it appears that the strategy was all about pissing off subscribers with cancellations of shows both available and yet to see the light of day. But it appears that WBD is moving on from its negging strategy.

Yesterday, news broke that WBD was pulling a bunch of shows like Westworld, Love Life, and The Nevers from HBO Max. That, doesn't necessarily consign them to a fate of never being seen again. After the news broke, it appears WBD PR staff back-channelled to a number of reporters plans to take those shows and sell them to third-party FAST TV services. While the specific sales haven't been announced, think about platforms like Pluto TV as likely destinations.

(For those confused about what FAST TV is, I suggest taking a look at the ABW guide to Pluto TV).

WBD chief David Zaslav has also made a number of comments about plans to launch their own FAST TV service, so obviously there's a strong likelihood of shows landing on that yet-to-be-properly-announced platform in 2023.

Yanked HBO Max Series Like ‘Westworld’ to Land at Third Party Ad-Based Streamers As Warner Bros. Discovery Plans to Launch Its Own
Warner Bros. Discovery has announced a plan to license some of its canceled and pulled programming to third party free ad-supported television (FAST) channels. Additionally, the company says it wil…
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Jan 12 has the debut of the Jason Momoa-produced rock climbing reality show The Climb.

Sexify returns to Netflix for season 2 April 26.

The Glory debuts Dec 30 on Netflix.

I Believe in Santa has debuted on Netflix.

Sex Diaries debuts Dec 16 on HBO.

And that's the newsletter for another week. Next week leads into Christmas. Depending on how much news of note is about, ABW may start dropping back to a reduced schedule for a few weeks - we'll see how it goes. Every year is a bit different.