Paramount Network now has a launch date and time, with the company announcing today that the network will officially bow Thursday, Jan. 18, at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The network will kick off with a live one-hour episode of “Lip Sync Battle,” to be televised from the Paramount lot in Hollywood.
Details on the star-studded event will be announced in the coming weeks.
“Spike TV is being rebranded as Paramount Network, a premium entertainment destination that pushes the limits of storytelling with bold original scripted and non-scripted series,” the company said in today’s announcement. “Inspired by over a century of cinema, Paramount Network is where today’s brightest stars bring the experience of the big screen to every screen with stories that are immersive, inclusive, and deeply personal.”
Plans are also shaping up for the premiere later in January on Paramount Network of the six-part event series “Waco” with a cast that includes Michael Shannon, Taylor Kitsch, John Leguizamo and Melissa Benoist.
“On the heels of the 25th anniversary, the eye-opening and captivating series is based on the controversial and harrowing true story of the 1993 FBI siege of a religious sect that resulted in the deadly shootout and fire,” the announcement notes.
New original scripted series coming to Paramount Network in the first part of 2018 include “Yellowstone,” starring Kevin Costner and written and directed by Taylor Sheridan; “American Woman,” from producer John Wells, a single-camera comedy set in the 1970s amid the sexual revolution and the rise of feminism, starring Alicia Silverstone and Mena Suvari; and “Heathers,” an hour-long pitch-black comedy anthology set in the present day, based on the 1988 cult film of the same name.
Spike TV will have a new website, ParamountNetwork.com, launching today, along with new social accounts including @ParamountNet on Twitter and @ParamountNetwork on Instagram and other social platforms.