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Paramount + axes originals as Showtime merger looms

The streaming service is streamlining its US offerings, ahead of the launch of Paramount+ with Showtime.


Jordan Peele’s reboot of The Twilight Zone is one of the main casualties of Paramount+’s sweeping broom. The streaming service has dropped many of its original shows as it moves toward a merger with Showtime. It comes after Showtime itself also announced the cancellation of several of its original series – removing several of them from the lineup shown altogether.

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Paramount+ will launch with Showtime, as it will be called in the US, later this year as Paramount Global’s co-streaming platform. They currently operate as separate entities in the states, although other regions, such as the United Kingdom, already offer Showtime content within the Paramount+ app.

This means shows like Yellowjackets, Billions, and Your Honor will be available along with Halo, Yellowstone, and Tulsa King.

What will not be available is The Real World: Homecoming. As reported by Variety, all three seasons are no longer available on Paramount+. Other victims included Coyote, No Activity, Guilty Party and The Harper House.

Showtime has already dropped American Gigolo, Let the Right One In, Jim Carrey’s Kidding, American Rust, and “On Become a God in Central Florida.”

Paramount isn’t the only major entertainment company that has been streamlining its services lately. Warner Bros. Discovery has removed Westworld, The Nevers, Raised by Wolves, FBoy Island, Legendary, and Finding Magic Mike the class president and the time traveler’s wife from HBO Max — which was also retitled and relaunched this year.

Many of these shows will reappear on Roku and Tubi for free to watch, however, as part of a new ad-supported WB TV Series coming soon. It is not yet known whether the Paramount + programs that Paramount + abandoned will also find a second lease on life.

In addition to some combinations, the UK’s Paramount+ service differs from the US’s in terms of technology. It also features only one subscription plan, with up to 1080p streaming and stereo sound (which isn’t ideal). US now offers a premium level that increases the experience to include surround sound and 4K visuals. We hope this will come to the UK and other regions soon.


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