Monday, April 22, 2024

Not A Shock: Showtime to Be Merged with Paramount Plus, Three More Shows Cancelled


Put a fork in “American Gigolo,” “Let the Right One In.” and the upcoming “Three Women” on Showtime cable. They are all cancelled as Showtime is being rebranded as Paramount + Showtime, or some unwieldy nomenclature. The fact is, Showtime is over.

This has been in the wind for some time, as David Nevins was removed as the leader of Showtime last year and other shows like “City on a Hill’ were cancelled. “Billions” is coming into its final season. That leaves “Yellowjackets” and “The Chi.”

As I read it, whatever’s left of Showtime in the present will remain on “Paramount+ with Showtime,” but there will be a $9.99 per month subscription service — akin to HBO Max — if you want to see older shows, or some that will only be available there. And that’s where all the Taylor Sheridan shows like “Yellowstone” will be playing. It will be funny if customers confuse “Yellowstone” with “Yellowjackets.” They might cannibalize each other. (LOL.)

Showtime has run a distant second to HBO for decades. In recent years they’ve not made any effort to get Emmy Awards or have any distinction. Soon the word Showtime will be like Oldsmobile, a brand of the past. Let’s hope things improve for them as Paramount+.

“Today, we’re announcing that we will be fully integrating Showtime into Paramount+ across both streaming and linear platforms later this year, providing even more popular franchises and hit originals for viewers to enjoy,” Paramount CEO Bob Bakish said in a memo Monday. “To reflect this change, both our premium streaming tier on Paramount+ and the Showtime linear network will become Paramount+ With Showtime in the U.S.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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