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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 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 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 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 Friday 12/01/17 at 5:37AM EST
Spike TV to air an I Am Sam Kinison documentary
The documentary on the late comedian is set to air on Dec. 19, featuring interviews with Jay Leno, Bob Saget, Bill Burr and Kinison’s relatives.
Posted Monday 10/23/17 at 7:10AM EDT
Alicia Silverstone filmed Lip Sync Battle wearing iconic Clueless outfit
Check out Silverstone in her yellow plaid Clueless ensemble.
Posted Tuesday 10/17/17 at 11:32PM EDT
Bob Weinstein denies engaging inappropriate behavior with The Mist executive producer
A representative for the younger Weinstein brother issued a statement denying Amanda Segel’s allegations that he sexually harassed her last year. Weinstein’s attorney, Bert Fields, also issued a denial, saying “we have emails to prove” that her allegations are false.
Posted Tuesday 10/17/17 at 5:29PM EDT
The Mist executive producer accuses Bob Weinstein of sexual harassment
Amanda Segel says Harvey Weinstein’s younger brother kept making romantic overtures to her in summer of 2016 — so much so that she sent her lawyer to warn The Weinstein Company executives that she would leave the show if the harassment continued. “‘No’ should be enough,” Segel tells Variety. “After ‘no,’ anybody who has asked you out should just move on. Bob kept referring to me that he wanted to have a friendship. He didn’t want a friendship. He wanted more than that. My hope is that ‘no’ is enough from now on.”
Posted Wednesday 9/27/17 at 11:39PM EDT
Spike TV cancels The Mist after one season
The axing of the freshman sci-fi drama based on the Stephen King novella comes as Spike TV prepares to rebrand as Paramount Network.
Posted Monday 9/25/17 at 1:24PM EDT
Paramount Network officially launches on Jan. 18, with a Lip Sync Battle special
The channel currently known as Spike TV will rebrand on Jan. 18 with a Lip Sync Battle special, followed by the original miniseries Waco.