Paramount+ UK Picks Up More Comedy & Drama From US & Australia
Since Paramount+ launched in the UK this June, they have been steadily ramping up their content. Yesterday, CEO of Paramount Global, Bob Bakish, revealed that the service was performing “above expectations” across Europe, which was followed by an announcement of some new exclusive acquisitions for the UK.
When the service first launched, the expectation was that it would end up being a home for everything CBS, Paramount and Showtime, but it has turned out not to be the case. Whilst all future Showtime content has been moved from Sky Atlantic to the streaming service, many of the CBS shows are still being sold on to other UK broadcasters, such as Alibi landing the UK rights to ‘CSI: Vegas’, and Sky retaining rights to things like ‘SWAT’ and the ‘FBI’ franchise.
So to help fill out the Paramount+ UK catalogue, the streamer has turned to a variety of sources for new exclusive programming, such as Lionsgate, NBCUniversal, Sony & Dynamic Television. We have already seen NBCU series ‘La Brea‘ land earlier this week, joining true crime drama ‘The Thing About Pam‘ which launched in July. Now they have revealed five more shows which will be landing exclusively on the streaming service at some point soon. Check them out below.
An adaptation of Stephen King’s short story, Jerusalem’s Lot starring Adrien Brody and Emily Hampshire. Set in the 1850s, the series follows Captain Charles Boone (Brody) who relocates his family of three children to his ancestral home in the small, seemingly sleepy town of Preacher’s Corners, Maine after his wife dies at sea. However, Charles will soon have to confront the secrets of his family’s sordid history, and fight to end the darkness that has plagued the Boones for generations.
In the 1970s, Joyce (Ophelia Lovibond) is a young feminist from Los Angeles who creates an unlikely bond with editor Doug (Jake Johnson) as they set out to create the first women’s erotic magazine.
A coming of age story based on the childhood and adolescence of Canadian comedian Mark Critch (‘Republic of Doyle’). It’s a heartfelt window into the life of a child – much older inside than his 11 years – using comedy and self-deprecation to win friends and connect with the small collection of people in his limited world.
‘Savage River’ tells the story of Miki Anderson (Katherine Langford – ’13 Reasons Why’), who returns to her hometown in rural Victoria after ten years in prison. Miki is determined to move on with her life, but the close-knit community of Savage River is not about to let her forget the past. When a murder rocks the town, Miki immediately becomes the focus of everyone’s suspicion. With the police closing in, she sets out to prove her innocence, uncovering long-buried secrets that will cast doubt on everything she thought she knew.
Starring and executive produced by Topher Grace, ‘Home Economics’ takes a look at the heartwarming yet super uncomfortable and sometimes frustrating relationship between three adult siblings: one in the 1%, one middle-class and one barely holding on. The comedy is inspired by the life of writer and executive producer Michael Colton. The series stars Topher Grace as Tom, Caitlin McGee as Sarah, Jimmy Tatro as Connor, Karla Souza as Marina, and Sasheer Zamata as Denise. Also starring is Shiloh Bearman as Gretchen, Jordyn Curet as Shamiah, Chloe Jo Rountree as Camila and JeCobi Swain as Kelvin.
We don’t yet have premiere dates for these five shows, but they will air exclusively on Paramount+ in the UK and Ireland. If you want to keep track of these or any other show, you can add them via our Never Miss system, and you’ll be notified when it gets a UK premiere date.