Published on January 19th, 2018 | by Brad Gibson5
Goodbye Spike, hello Paramount Network
If you noticed the network Spike TV was gone (and chances are you didn’t because hardly anyone was watching it) from Sling TV and DirecTV Now on your Apple TV, then you might have noticed its transformation into Paramount Network on Thursday.
“Today we launch Paramount Network, inspired by over a century of cinematic excellence and dedicated to bringing premium storytelling to every screen,” said the network. “Telling stories that entertain, inspire and challenge. Stories you feel.”
The network – whose name is more synonymous as a production studio and less of a TV channel – is focused on creating a lot of its own content as well as mixing in various shows that were part of the 15-year history of Spike TV.
Paramount Network shows include Heathers, a drama that debuts March 7th, and Spike TV favorites Bar Rescue, Ink Master and Lip Sync Battle. On January 24th, Paramount debuts the scripted event series Waco, chronicling David Koresh’s Branch Davidian compound and the 1993 siege that killed 84.
Other new original scripted shows coming to Paramount Network in the first part of 2018 includes Yellowstone starring Kevin Costner (originally produced by The Weinstein Co., but will not even be identified once the series airs); American Woman starring Alicia Silverstone; and Heathers an hour-long pitch-black comedy anthology set in the present day.
The networks desire to create new, scripted content is no accident. Its plans are to take on the networks FX and AMC with hard-hitting dramas like Waco and Yellowstone that can further build its brand.
Paramount Network is owned by the media conglomerate, Viacom.