THE NEW PARAMOUNT NETWORK PLACES BETS ON LINEAR TV
This new channel, which will replace Spike TV, was born with the premiere of Waco, a six-episode miniseries starring Taylor Kitsch and Michael Shannon, based on the story of David Koresh, leader of the Branch Davidians religious movement.
This new chain, which seeks to reinvent the Paramount brand, debuted by launching its first major project: “Waco”. This six-episode miniseries addresses the story of David Koresh, the leader of the Branch Davidian religious sect, who ended up dying, along with dozens of his followers, in a complex in Texas, which caught fire during a police raid.
Starring Taylor Kitsch, who plays a polygamist within the sect, and Michael Shannon,who plays a conflicted FBI agent, many compare Waco’s docudrama style with those already seen in the two installments of American Crime Story, by FX: “The People vs. O.J. Simpson” and “The Assassination of Gianni Versace“.
In addition to “Waco”, the Paramount Network screen will feature the drama “Yellowstone”, which marks the television debut of Hollywood star Kevin Costner, and the comedies “American Woman”, set in the 70s in the midst of the sexual revolution and the rise of feminism and starring Alicia Silverstone, and “Heathers”, which is inspired by the 1988 cult film.
“We want to make linear TV urgent again” said Paramount Network president Kevin Kay, noting that linear and weekly programming will drive discussions in a very different way from Netflix’s programming strategy. whole, to make it binge-watching.
We want people to watch it live, the same day. We want people to have conversations about it,”said Kay.
Watch the “Waco” trailer here.