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Posted Thursday 1/25/18 at 9:04PM EST
Waco has a solid start on Paramount Network
The Waco siege drama premiered to 1.11 million total viewers, and tied The Assassination of Gianni Versace in the 18-49 demo.
Posted Wednesday 1/24/18 at 11:32PM EST
Waco was supposed to be a “no bad guys” take on the Waco siege, but only one side is portrayed in a positive light
“This is not the ‘no bad guys’ version of the story at all,” Daniel Fienberg says of the Paramount Network miniseries on the 1993 siege of the Branch Davidian cult in Waco, Texas. “In one story beat after another, FBI and ATF officials prioritize violence over negotiation, concentrate on public relations over empathy and actively ignore the few contentious agents who plead moderation. And I'm not saying that's incorrect, but let me offer the counter-proposal that maybe there actually were people who made mistakes on both sides?” He adds that “at every point” the show’s sympathies lie with those in the Branch Davidian compound, resulting in an insulation of cult leader David Koresh’s misdeeds, including his marrying and impregnating underage girls.
- Waco seems eager to vindicate Koresh, and that taints an otherwise well-told story
- Waco‘s strength comes from the fact that it doesn’t deal in moral absolutes
- Waco is problematic for painting Koresh as a sympathetic figure
- Waco falls short in telling how all these people ended up following Koresh
- It doesn’t do enough to flesh out the key motivations that turned the story into an epic tragedy
- Waco producers say that it was important to portray Koresh as his followers saw him
- Taylor Kitsch: “I haven’t played someone remotely close to who this guy is before, or someone so unrelatable for me”
Posted Wednesday 1/24/18 at 4:39PM EST
Michael Shannon doesn’t watch TV and has barely seen Boardwalk Empire
The Waco star says he’s had trouble explaining that his new show will be on the Paramount Network. He’s had to explain the whole rebranding from Spike TV story when he barely watches TV. When asked if he never watched his old show Boardwalk Empire, he responded: “Uh, I watched a little bit of Boardwalk. They sent me a bunch of DVDs, but they just kind of sit around the house. I give ‘em away. They’re good presents.”
Posted Friday 1/19/18 at 10:48PM EST
Paramount Network’s goal is to appeal to viewers in Middle America
In fact, Middle America is in the Paramount Network’s DNA, since it originated as The Nashville Network. “I think what we look at the strength of where our (cable operator) affiliates are, (and we have) a lot of strength in the South and the Midwest,” says Paramount Network president Kevin Kay. “Not necessarily as much a New York or L.A. [base]. From a programming standpoint a lot of other networks have that New York/L.A. thing covered. When we look at something like Yellowstone, which takes place in Montana and Utah, that feels like big blue sky, very different, something you haven’t seen on TV in a long time. Not to say it isn’t a dark show, but it’s a little brighter and a bit more blue sky than some of the things that are on premium cable TV now.”
Posted Thursday 1/18/18 at 9:48PM EST
How Paramount Network plans to compete with Netflix
The successor to Spike TV “went in hard” to lure Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston’s TV show that went to Apple, but those A-listers didn’t want to have anything to do with a cable network with commercials. Still, Paramount Network’s president of development, Keith Cox, says his cable network could offer more attention and care than places like Netflix. “You know, Netflix, they drop a show a week — Naomi Watts had a show,” he said, referring to Gypsy, “and I was thinking, oh my God, if I had Naomi Watts, that would be huge for us. For them, it came and went. Poof, gone.” Cox added: “We’re going to curate our shows like a museum. We are going to pick really beautiful pieces, but we’re not going to just pile all kinds of stuff in here.”
Posted Thursday 1/18/18 at 2:19PM EST
Watch the Heathers TV show trailer
Paramount Network has released the first glimpse of the TV version of the cult classic, which will have original film star Shannen Doherty in a recurring role. Heathers premieres on March 7.
Posted Wednesday 1/17/18 at 11:05PM EST
Spike TV started out as “The First Network for Men,” but it departs without much of a legacy
From its birth in 2003 as the successor to TNN/The Nashville Network with the motto “The First Network for Men” to its “Get More Action” phase to its “fiery” departure on Wednesday, Spike TV never really found its identity. There was some standout programming like the Guy’s Choice Awards and The Joe Schmo Show — starring a pre-SNL Kristen Wiig. But Spike never lived up to its original “First Network for Men” mission. “Spike ends on Wednesday and will become the Paramount Network on Thursday,” says Darren Franich. “When you consider its (lack of) legacy, you have to remember that ‘manhood’ – as an identity self-aware enough for capitalism to sell – was in a strange place circa 2003. In the crosscurrents of the National Network becoming TNN and then Spike TV, Comedy Central had The Man Show, Maxim was popular enough to justify an ancillary publication so generic it was literally just Stuff, and a macho celebrity was fending off sexual harassment allegations while running for political office. There was an unsteady quality to all of this, like to be in on the joke you had to take it seriously. This is a cultural divot we’ve never properly repaired. And the original programming lineup for Spike TV shows a hazy mission already drifting. ” ALSO: Check out Spike TV’s mock goodbye Twitter rant.
Posted Wednesday 1/17/18 at 1:13PM EST
Spike TV’s Twitter account is spewing profanity, going “rogue” on the cable network's final day
“I gave my entire staff empty gift cards as parting gifts because f*ck them and their joy,” Spike TV’s Twitter account tweeted as part of a PR stunt. Spike TV transforms into Paramount TV on Thursday.
Posted Wednesday 1/17/18 at 12:03AM EST
The Shannara Chronicles canceled after two seasons
Paramount Network opted not to pick up a third season of the expensive genre drama from the creators of Smallville. The Shannara Chronicles aired its first season on MTV, before moving to Spike TV for Season 2. ALSO: The Shannara Chronicles is already being shopped to other networks.
Posted Wednesday 1/10/18 at 2:01PM EST
Paramount Network remaking BBC’s Accused as an anthology series
House and The Good Doctor’s David Shore is behind the adaptation of the International Emmy-winning British series that begins each stand-alone episode with a different defendant having just been found guilty of a crime. Accused ran on BBC from 2010 to 2012.
Posted Monday 12/18/17 at 11:28AM EST
Snoop Dogg sticks up for Jay-Z after George Zimmerman threatens to “beat” him over his Trayvon Martin miniseries
Paramount Network’s upcoming Jay-Z-produced Rest In Power: The Trayvon Martin Story has ticked off Zimmerman, who was acquitted of killing the teenage Martin. Zimmerman threatened to “beat Jay-Z” over the miniseries, prompting Snoop Dogg to write on Instagram: “If one hair on jays hair is touched that’s when the revolution will b televised.”
Posted Wednesday 12/13/17 at 4:40PM EST
Paramount Network will launch with a live one-hour Michael Jackson-themed Lip Sync Battle episode
“The King of Pop is the most groundbreaking, theatrical superstar of all time and we are thrilled to be performing and celebrating the electrifying music of Michael Jackson on our big night,” executive producer Casey Patterson says of the Jan. 18 special event. “We are taking Lip Sync Battle to new heights, LIVE at The Dolby Theater for the launch of The Paramount Network.”
Posted Wednesday 12/13/17 at 4:40PM EST
Paramount Network is working on Browntown, a Latino sketch comedy
The new cable network is teaming with Latino digital-media company mitú on a half-hour sketch comedy aimed at millennial Latinos.
Posted Tuesday 12/05/17 at 3:06PM EST
“Spike” from Spike TV is outraged that his cable network is being rebranded as Paramount Network
Spike TV's fictional bro is “going rogue” in the final weeks of existence for the network for men, via a #GoodbyeSpike campaign. Spike TV officially becomes Paramount Network on Jan. 19.
Posted Tuesday 11/21/17 at 9:19PM EST
Ink Master: Angels renewed for Season 2
The Paramount Network tattoo-competition reality show will be back next year for 10 more episodes.