Paramount+ taketh (see our look at their cancellation of The Twilight Zone) but, according to our Nielsen Family buddies at The Hollywood Reporter, the streaming biggie also giveth with yesterday’s announcement of a whole spate of new shows to premiere on the rebranded streaming service, all of them based off of wildly popular movies.
Classic films Love Story, Fatal Attraction, Flashdance, Italian Job and Parallax View were announced as forthcoming as ongoing TV shows to Paramount+ by head honcho of Paramount Television Studios Nicole Clemens during this Wednesday’s Investor Day presentation.
“My job is to find Paramount+ The Handmaid’s Tale, the Mad Men, The Walking Dead – the show that helps define them,” Clemens said yesterday about the retro-ambitious slate of shows. “It’s really ambitious and it’s an offering that is going to be incredibly appealing and compelling to people who are in the market for another streamer.”
These newly announced shows slide comfortably into the already greenlit schedule of programing for Paramount+ that includes the likes of a Grease prequel and a behind the scenes dramatization of the making of director Francis Ford Coppola’s classic film The Godfather. They also feed into a pop culture phenomenon that really blasted off like a rocket from hell with the Netflix 1980s-set show Stranger Things: Comfort food in the form of old and reliable film and television properties. Whether an honest to Pete continuation of a show or film (Cobra Kai, The Mighty Ducks, Punky Brewster, Frasier, Friends, Saved by the Bell, Full House, Young Guns III, Murphy Brown or Mad About You), a meta-commentary on a beloved series (Beverly Hills 90210) or a full-on reboot (The Wonder Years, Cagney and Lacey, Charmed), the public’s appetite seems nigh insatiable for a taste of the films and television that bring some sense of continuity and familiarity in extremely trying times.
All of the new shows announced yesterday save The Italian Job will be reboots of beloved films. Italian Job will actually carry the torch of a generational story, focusing on the grandchildren of the character of Charlie Croker (played by Michael Caine) from the original film.
In explaining the Paramount+ upcoming television slate and its strong reliance on audience nostalgia, Clemens said that “the common denominator between Flashdance, Grease, Fatal Attraction is that its populist literature. It’s elevated, it’s big, it’s iconic but it also still has a real draw for popular culture.”