It’s official: Paramount+ and Showtime will soon be one and the same.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Showtime cable network will undergo a rebrand later this year, at which point it will be called… Paramount+ With Showtime.
Paramount+ Premium will also be rebranded as Paramount+ With Showtime, and host originals from both the linear cable channel (e.g., Billions, The Chi, Yellowjackets) and the streamer (such as 1923, Criminal Minds: Evolution, Tulsa King).
“Today, we’re announcing that we will be fully integrating Showtime into Paramount+ across both streaming and linear platforms later this year, providing even more popular franchises and hit originals for viewers to enjoy,” Paramount CEO Bob Bakish said in a memo Monday. “To reflect this change, both our premium streaming tier on Paramount+ and the Showtime linear network will become Paramount+ With Showtime in the U.S.”
Still a little confused? Let’s break it down, bullet point by bullet point:
* The Showtime cable network will be rebranded as Paramount+ With Showtime. All that changes is the name.
* The Paramount+ Premium tier ($9.99/month with no ads) will also be rebranded as Paramount+ With Showtime, and host Paramount+ and Showtime original series.
* The Paramount+ Essential tier ($4.99/month with ads) will host Paramount+ original series only. Nothing changes.
In the wake of the merger, Showtime has announced the cancellations of two freshman series: American Gigolo and Let the Right One In. You can read more about those cancellations here.