The forthcoming streaming app Paramount+, owned by Hollywood behemoth ViacomCBS, has announced a slew of originals coming to their platform in the months and years ahead.
Paramount+ will cost $4.99/month for the ad-supported version and $9.99/month for the ad-free version when it rebrands from “CBS All Access” to “Paramount+” on March 4, 2021. During their presentation today at the Television Critics Association’s winter event, ViacomCBS revealed many new TV and movie projects — most of which are for the new app. Here are many of the highlights:
- Nickelodeon has announced that they are forming Avatar Studios, which will focus on new TV series and movies based in the world of their hit animated series The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra. Original series creators Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko are returning as co-chief creative officers of the studio. The various Avatar projects will be developed for Paramount+, Nickelodeon, theatrical, and other areas.
- The upcoming Paramount films Mission Impossible 7 and A Quiet Place II will premiere on Paramount+ 45 days after their theatrical releases later this year. It is unclear at this time if there will be a premium for watching these movies on the platform.
- RuPaul’s Drag Race is expanding with a new singing competition called Queen of the Universe, which will be a Paramount+ exclusive. In addition, season 6 of All-Stars will air exclusively on Paramount+.
- The NBC sitcom Frasier is being revived, with original star Kelsey Grammer returning to the role.
- The TV adaptation of the hit video game series Halo will be available exclusively on Paramount+. It was previously slated for Showtime.
- Nickelodeon’s Rugrats revival is moving to Paramount+, with the original voice cast returning in a new CG-animated version of the children’s classic. Speaking of NickToons, the hit series Dora the Explorer and The Fairly Odd Parents are also getting new, live-action series at Paramount+.
- Another revival of Reno 911! is in the works, and this time the gang is searching for QAnon. Another revival was already underway at the now-shuttered streaming app Quibi.
- The Daily Show host Trevor Noah will get his own weekly series on the platform. New episodes of The Daily Show will also be available on Paramount+. Speaking of comedy, Amy Schumer will bring back Inside Amy Schumer, and Beavis and Butt-Head and Workaholics movies are in the works.
- The hit CBS drama Criminal Minds is getting a reboot, with the first season running for 10 episodes.
Many of these projects are still far away from premiering on the platform, but they show how serious ViacomCBS is about competing with Netflix, Disney+, Hulu, Amazon Prime, etc.