Spike TV Transforming Into Paramount Network in January

Viacom will officially transform Spike TV into Paramount Network this coming January.

The cable channel will make the big switch on January 18 with an hour-long live Lip Sync Battle starting at 9pm ET with an unannounced (but sure to be) star-studded line up. Lip Sync Battle will still have a home on the new network along with a few other of Spike’s unscripted staples, like Bar Rescue and Ink Master.

New to the network is a heavy lean into scripted dramas lead by several big names:

Waco, starring Michael Shannon and Taylor Kitsch, is a six-part miniseries based on the true story of the 51-day standoff in Waco, Texas that ended in a deadly fire. The series is produced by Weinstein Television.

Yellowstone is an original scripted drama that follows the gritty life of the land-owning Dutton family on the American frontier who face threats from the government and their neighbors. Kevin Costner will star as the patriarch of the Dutton family with Wes Bentley, Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly, and Cole Hauser round out the main cast.

TV Land originally scored the reboot of the 80’s cult classic film Heathers but the anthology reboot of the film has moved to Paramount Network. The cast is all new but Shannon Doherty will guest star in the pilot episode.

Also moving from TV Land is a new comedy called American Woman, which is inspired by the life of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Kyle Richards. Alicia Silverstone stars as Bonnie who, amid a sexual revolution and the rise of second-wave feminism, is struggling to raise her two daughters after leaving her husband. Along with her two friends, Kathleen (Mena Suvari) and Diana (Bartles), Bonnie discovers her own type of independence in a world reluctant to change.


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