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When Paramount+ was first announced, The Offer was cited as its big drawcard series - a behind the scenes look at the production of Paramount Pictures film The Godfather.
The 10-episode limited series centers on famous Hollywood producer Albert S. Ruddy and his attempts to get an adaptation of Mario Puzo’s gangster classic off the ground at Paramount.
The series will debut on April 28 with the first three episodes on day one. The trailer for this hugely anticipated show has just been released and I just went from being passingly interested to also highly anticipating it. This series is absolutely an offer I cannot refuse.
David Letterman celebrates 40 years of Late Night with, well, Late Night (and The Late Show)
This week marks 40 years since David Letterman revolutionized late night talk shows in the US with the launch of Late Night with David Letterman. The show, which aired at 12:30am, was designed to compliment The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, which aired in the slot before it at 11:30pm. While it was a companion show, the mandate was to make it different to Johnny's show - hence no opening monologue (Dave had a few 'opening remarks'), strange and oddball guests, even stranger segments, and a very strong focus on what one could see as the counter-culture of the 80s.
You can find a whole bunch of full episodes on YouTube of both Late Night with David Letterman and his 11:30pm CBS show The Late Show. But as of today there's now an official YouTube channel with curated videos, remembrances of the history of the show, and more.
The channel is available HERE.
Paramount+ saddling up for Urban Cowboy
There's a mountain of IP to mine in the Paramount library, which is why an Urban Cowboy series is currently in the works. Based on the John Travolta / Debra Winger film, the new version will also be set in the 80s and focus more on the journey from country to city undertaken by the character Travolta played.
Along with the aforementioned The Offer (based on the making of Paramount film The Godfather), other series adaptions currently on the way to Paramount+: Fatal Attraction, The Italian Job, Love Story, Flashdance, and The Parallax View.
And on the subject of the Flashdance series...
Justin Simien, the writer-director of Dear White People will helm the new Flashdance remake series. The remake was announced two years ago and was then going to be about a young black woman who goes from working as a stripper to chase her dreams of becoming a ballet star. It is not yet known how much of that premise will be retained by Simien.
- SEAL Team has been renewed for a 6th season. The show moved mid-season from a CBS show to a Paramount+ show where it is reportedly a bit more adult. Read: TV Line
- Mayor of Kingstown and The Game were also renewed by Paramount+. Read: THR
- Don Lemon will host a talk show with an audience for CNN+. Read: Variety
- HBO Max rolls out to 61 countries across Europe and the Americas on March 8. Read: The Streamable
- A JJ Abrams-produced Stephen King adaptation of his book Billy Summers is currently being shopped around to streamers. Read: Deadline
Killing Eve returns for its fourth and final season on BBC America Feb 27.
No Exit debuts on Hulu & Star/Disney+ on Feb 25.
Disenchantment returns Feb 9 for season 4 on Netflix.
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