Fox Soccer Channel will launch a new TV series this Saturday night named Fox Soccer Tonight. The show will premiere Saturday and Sunday evenings beginning August 14 at 8:30pm ET and will feature highlights of a Premier League match from earlier that day.
According to a Fox Soccer Channel representative, Kyle Martino will host many of the show episodes as well as hosting Soccer Talk Live. However, Martino will not be the sole host. For example, this weekend Christian Miles will be hosting. Fox Soccer Tonight will showcase all of the goals, near-misses and controversies of the day.
The format of Fox Soccer Tonight will be unique. One Premier League match will be profiled per episode with up to four different episodes broadcast each week. For example, this Saturday’s Chelsea against West Bromwich Albion game will be condensed from the two-hour telecast to 45 minutes of game action plus commentary and commercials. That episode will air on Saturday at 8:30pm ET, while the highlights of Aston Villa against West Ham United will air on Saturday at 9:30pm ET. On Sunday evening, the highlights from Liverpool vs Arsenal will be shown followed by Bolton versus Fulham.
This is an interesting development by Fox Soccer Channel. However, it’s not as complete as Match Of The Day and MOTD2, where even if you miss the games that happened that day or if you want to see the highlights again, you can watch them all in a condensed format. For Fox Soccer Tonight, you’ll only get highlights from two of the games from that day, which is fine if you’re interested in those games. But if you want a comprehensive highlights package, you still need to watch the Sunday night review show or try to find highlights online.
Fox Soccer Channel now has a series of original programming including Fox Soccer Match Day (on Saturday mornings), Fox Soccer Tonight (on Saturday and Sunday nights), Super Sunday + (on Sunday afternoons) as well as Soccer Talk Live (on Monday evenings) and Fox Soccer Report (on most nights). This is in addition to syndicated programs such as Premier League Preview Show, Premier League Review Show and magazine program Premier League World.