Paramount Network To Rebrand As Paramount Movie Network; Focus On Television Movies, Cancels Non-Scripted Series

Paramount Network is set to rebrand to the Paramount Movie Network as it plots a focus on television movies.

The move is the latest change at ViacomCBS following the merger and comes after the company revealed that its upcoming streaming service is to be called Paramount+.

As part of the move, the network has cancelled a slew of non-scripted titles including Ink Master, Wife Swap and Battle of the Fittest Couples, while other titles including Bar Rescue and Lip Sync Battle will move to other ViacomCBS networks.

Chris McCarthy, President of Entertainment and Youth Brands at ViacomCBS, told Deadline’s sister title Variety, which broke the news,  that it is planning to air 52 original movies a year on the network with one mini-series or scripted series per quarter.

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Norman Lear Breaks His Own Record For Oldest Emmy Winner With Second ‘Live In Front Of A Studio Audience’ Variety Special Prize

Norman Lear, executive producer of the Pop TV series “One Day at a Time,” poses for a portrait during the 2020 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Congratulations Norman!

Last September at the Creative Arts Emmys, Norman Lear became the oldest Emmy winner in history with a victory in the category of Outstanding Variety Special (Live) for Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s ‘All In the Family’ And ‘The Jeffersons’. He was 97 at the time.

A year later, Lear, 98, set a new benchmark with a repeat in the same category for the second installment of the Live In Front of a Studio Audience franchise, Live In Front Of A Studio Audience: ‘All In The Family’ And ‘Good Times’.