New York, NY, March 30, 2017 - Paramount Network is coming to your television in January 2018 and will be all of the Spike shows you love, plus exciting new programs sure to change the premium cable network game. In addition to fan favorites like “Lip Sync Battle,” “Ink Master,” “Bar Rescue,” and “Bellator MMA,” viewers can look forward to a stable of new scripted programs and documentary pieces covering history makers and names in the news.
Paramount Network will showcase the following in the first quarter of 2018:
Starring Alicia Silverstone and Mena Suvari, this new half-hour series is inspired by the real-life upbringing of co-executive producer Kyle Richards ("The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"). "American Woman” follows Bonnie (Silverstone), an unconventional mother struggling to raise her two daughters after leaving her husband amid the rise of second-wave feminism in the 70s. With the help of her two best friends, Kathleen (Suvari) and Diana (Jennifer Bartels), these three women each discover their own brand of independence in a glamorous and ever-changing world reluctant to give them their due.
The six-part event series “Waco” will reveal the untold story exploring the true-life details leading up to and chronicling the 51-day siege between the FBI, AFT and David Koresh’s spiritual sect, The Branch Davidians. Told from several perspectives of those most intimately involved from both sides of the conflict - including surviving Branch Davidians, which has never been shared on television before - the story is surprising in its stark contrast to the media narrative at the time and what is remembered of Waco almost 25 years later. The impressive cast includes Michael Shannon starring as lead FBI negotiator Gary Noesner, with the role of the infamous cult leader David Koresh to be played by Taylor Kitsch. John Leguizamo, Paul Sparks, Rory Culkin, and Andrea Riseborough round out the “Waco” cast.
Based on the 1988 cult classic film of the same name, "Heathers" is an hour-long pitch-black comedy anthology set in the present day, as heroine Veronica Sawyer (Grace Victoria Cox, "Under the Dome") deals with a very different but equally vicious group of ‘Heathers.’ Also starring are James Scully as JD, Melanie Field ("Wicked" National Tour) as Heather Chandler, Brendan Scannell ("Funny or Die") as Heather Duke, and Jasmine Mathews as Heather McNamara. Original "Heathers" cast member Shannen Doherty will guest star as a pivotal, unnamed character as well.
I AM MARTIN LUTHER KING JR
The latest installment in the critically-acclaimed “I Am” series from filmmaker Derik Murray focuses on the legendary American icon Martin Luther King Jr. Celebrating the life and achievements of our country’s foremost civil rights leader, the two-hour documentary gives an insightful contemporary perspective on Dr. King structured around seminal events of the Civil Rights movement.