Paramount+ is officially here, and a huge catalog of movies and TV shows will be with it right from launch. The new streaming service will be available starting on Thursday, March 4 — and you can subscribe with a free trial here. Scroll down to see which of your favorite TV shows and movies are in the Paramount+ library.
Paramount+ is the latest contender in the so-called streaming wars, though it has a big head start. The service is actually a rebranding of CBS All Access, the first over-the-top (OTT) subscription service from a U.S.-based broadcast network. Following the ViacomCBS merger, the streaming service was merged with some other brands and intellectual properties under the same umbrella, including MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and BET. The result is the catalog laid out below.
CBS All Access was the first over-the-top (OTT) streaming service offered by an American broadcast network, paving the way for the so-called "streaming wars" that have followed. Over the last few years, it has drawn some fans in with original content not available anywhere else and put a prestige TV budget behind network favorites like Star Trek. By all appearances, that streak will carry on at Paramount+. For now, here is everything we know is coming to Paramount+ when it launches.
SpongeBob SquarePants, Rugrats, Avatar Studios
With the Paramount+ launch on Thursday, it premiered two new SpongeBob SquarePants projects. The first is the long-awaited feature The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run, while the other is a new original series called Kamp Koral: SpongeBob's Under Years.
Both productions are available to Paramount+ subscribers, although the movie is also available on digital stores. Kamp Koral premiered with six episodes to start, and another seven will premiere later on.
Avatar Studios also joined the likes of SpongeBob, Fairly OddParents and Dora the Explorer — the latter pair in live-action — and a fresh reboot of Rugrats with a new animation style. The creation of Avatar Studios brought the original creators of Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra to the platform to create new films and TV series based on those properties.prevnext
Frasier, Criminal Minds Revival, The Real Criminal Minds
Paramount+ is also launching a new true-crime docuseries called The Real Criminal Minds. The title is an allusion to the beloved CBS police procedural Criminal Minds, which ended last year after 15 seasons. So far, there is no release date for the series, and it is not clear how much it will have to do with its namesake. A reboot of Criminal Minds itself is also coming to the platform, along with all 15 seasons of the original series in an exclusive deal.
Next to it is the revival of Frasier, one of the most successful sitcoms in TV history with Kelsey Grammer returning to the iconic character he originated on Cheers. It'll be joined by other classic ViacomCBS properties like Flashdance, The Italian Job and Fatal Attraction.prevnext
MTV's Behind the Music, Yo! MTV Raps, Unplugged
Two more reboots are on the Paramount+ roster, one of them being MTV's Behind the Music. The new series will be called MTV's Behind the Music — The Top 40. Beyond that, little is known about the project.prevnext
Reality TV: The Game, The Real World
The other reboot comes from BET, and will be a fresh take on the sitcom The Game. The series was a fan-favorite for three seasons from 2006 to 2009, and some thought it was cut off too soon. There is no release date for the series yet.
Joining this reboot is a slew of reality TV projects. Reality TV will be a major part of the Paramount+ mission going forward. A new reality series will debut every month in 2021, including the return of The Real World and the original cast from New York.prevnext
Original Programming: Lioness, The Offer, Halo, Yellowstone
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Lioness is a new original series coming to Paramount+, created by screenwriter Taylor Sheridan. The show is a spy drama, and expectations are high after Sheridan's success on Yellowstone and Sicario. There is no premiere date for the series yet. Sheridan will also bring two spinoffs for Yellowstone to the platform, the Super Bowl surprise Y:1883 prequel series and then 6666, focusing on the 6666 ranch with star Jeremy Renner.
One of the first projects announced for Paramount+ was The Offer, a 10-episode limited series about the making of The Godfather. The dramatization originally starred Armie Hammer, though he stepped down from the project amid personal controversy. So far, it is not clear who will replace Hammer, nor when the project might premiere.
Halo, the massive video game franchise, will finally make the jump to scripted television on Paramount+, moving from its prior target on Showtime to help bolster the streaming efforts. Pablo Schreiber, from The Wire and American Gods, will star in the series and fans of the games can expect the show to stick close to the story.prevnext
A Quiet Place 2, Mission: Impossible 7
One of the biggest reveals from Wednesday's event is how Paramount will release films in theaters and then release them on Paramount+ just 45 days after their initial release. This includes Mission: Impossible 7, A Quiet Place 2 and the Paw Patrol movie.
The platform has also signed a deal with EPIX, offering access to their expansive film catalog alongside Paramount's offerings.prevnext
Comedy Central Greats
Comedy Central is flexing its muscle on the platform upon its premiere on March 4. Not only will Trevor Noah bring a spin-off to The Daily Show to Paramount+, a weekly version called The Weekly Show, he'll be joined by some classics from the network's past.
Workaholics will make a film return to close out the series starring Anders Holm, Adam Devine and Blake Anderson for one final look at pointless office life. Inside Amy Schumer will also make a return for a fifth season, marking the comedian's latest streaming foray following the birth of her baby and her Apple TV+ cooking show.prevnext
Finally, the recent spate of Star Trek series that have been keeping many fans subscribed to CBS All Access will now move over to Paramount+. This includes Star Trek: Discovery Season 4, Star Trek: Brave New Worlds, Star Trek: Picard Season 2 and Star Trek: Below Decks. There will also be the debut of the Star Trek: Prodigy, an animated series for kids that originally was plotted for Nickelodeon. According to Variety, this is the largest expansion of Star Trek since its beginning, but the company isn't aiming for a cinematic universe like we've seen on Disney+ with the Marvel and Star Wars series.0comments
Other CBS All Access Originals like The Good Fight and Why Women Kill will also transition to the new streaming service, along with finished original series like Stephen King's The Stand. Paramount+ launches on Thursday, March 4.
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