ViacomCBS Announces New Streaming Service Paramount Plus

As the rebranded version of CBS All Access, Paramount Plus will launch March 4 and is set to feature a massive catalog of movies, television, news, and sports.

At their latest event, ViacomCBS unveiled an expansive slate of both old and new content coming to their reinvented streaming platform. This will include everything from its subsidiary networks and studios, including Paramount, MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, BET, CBS, and the Smithsonian Channel.

Viewers will have access to a vast portion of ViacomCBS properties, consisting of 30,000 episodes, 2,500 movie titles and over 1,000 live sporting events, plus 24/7 news coverage. There will be two pricing tiers: a $9.99 per month premium plan available on March 4 and then a $4.99 per month ad-supported option that launches in June. Over the next four years, ViacomCBS is reportedly spending $5 billion on streaming in hopes of drawing in 65 to 75 million subscribers worldwide.

A Cornucopia of Content: What to Expect

In addition to their existing library of fan-favorites–from Spongebob Squarepants to Hunger Games–Paramount Plus will carry a number of feature films, reboots, and original series based on popular franchises. President and CEO of ViacomCBS, Bob Bakish, stated that Paramount Plus will primarily focus its efforts on children’s programming, scripted dramas, and reality TV. This will carry debuts of over 50 original series over the next two years. Notable mentions include revivals of Criminal Minds and MTV’s The Real World, new shows based on the Avatar: The Last Airbender universe, and movie projects from Workaholics and Beavis and Butt-head. Select Paramount films are also set to premiere exclusively on the platform shortly after their theatrical releases, including A Quiet Place II, Mission Impossible 7, and a Paw Patrol movie.

In addition to the plethora of movies and TV series offered, Paramount Plus will stream live sports with exclusive rights to NCAA, NFL, PGA Tour, and UEFA Champions League games.

You can read more about what’s coming to Paramount Plus on their Twitter thread as well as the ViacomCBS website. With the streaming wars heating up, how do you think Paramount Plus will stack up against the likes of Disney, Netflix, HBO, NBCUniversal, and other major players?

Cover Photo Credit: Variety

Written by: Nathalie Lum, Entertainment News Correspondent

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella Lands at Disney+

Rodger & Hammerstein’s Cinderella has officially landed at Disney+, and we could not be happier. Cinderella 1997 has one of the most diverse casts in a Disney movie, which truly makes it memorable.

The year is 1997, and Disney decided to flip the script and cast R&B singer Brandy for Cinderella’s role in the live-action movie of Rodgers and Hammerstein remake of Cinderella.

Photo Credit: Screenshot of Cover Art of Cinderella on Disney+

Disney+ announced Wednesday, February 10, 2021, via Twitter, “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella is streaming this Friday, February 12. #Cinderella1997”

Photo Credit: Screenshot of Cinderella streaming announcement from @disneyplus on Twitter

Along with the announcement on Twitter, Brandy stopped by the view on February 4 to announce the beloved movie is hitting the streaming service.

While there, Brandy reconnected with Whoppi Goldberg, who also starred in the film as Queen Constantina. The two reflected on shooting the film with the late Whitney Houston.

Photo Credit: Screenshot from @TheView on Twitter of Whoppi Goldberg Interviewing Brandy

Goldberg shared, “It’s pretty remarkable that people have been begging for Cinderella to be re-released for almost 24 years.” I mean, who do you think, is it possible?” Well, it happened. Cinderella available for streaming, and I am elated.

Initially, the movie aired as a TV movie 20 years ago on ABC with 60 million viewers. The TV movie received six Emmy nominations.

You can stream Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella on Disney+.

Written By: Mike Stark | @MikeStarkCA

What’s Leaving Netflix

Can you believe December is here? As we enter the final month of 2020, Netflix announced which TV Shows and movies will be removed from the streaming service at the end of next month. All of the “Oceans” films, along with my favorite TV series “The West Wing,” all seven seasons. The good news is that the show could move to the new streaming service, HBO Max. Take a look at the list below and catch these titles before they’re removed from the streaming service.

Screenshot of “The West Wing” cast photo from NBC

December 1:

Anaconda (1997)

Bad News Bears (2005)

Cheapest Weddings (Season 1)

Diana: In Her Own Words (2017)

Gridiron Gang (2006)

Hostage (2005)

National Security (2003)

Lakeview Terrace (2008)

Merlí (Season 1) Netflix Original

Moneyball (2011)

Ocean’s Eleven (2001)

Ocean’s Twelve (2004)

Ocean’s Thirteen (2007)

Priest (2011)

Stand and Deliver (1988)

The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl (2005)

The Bachelor (Season 13)

The Jaime Maussan Show (Season 1)

The Poetist (Season 1)

The Tribes of Palos Verdes (2017)

West Side Story (1961)

Y Tu Mamá También (2001)

You Don’t Mess with the Zohan (2008)

Zodiac (2007)

December 2:

Borderline (Season 1)

Pacific Heat (Season 1) [Netflix Original]

December 9:

Four Seasons in Havana (2016) [Netflix Original]

Sin senos sí hay paraíso (2018)

December 11:

Disney’s Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018)

December 15:

Bad Education (Seasons 1-3)

Chasing Monsters (Season 1)

Emogenius (Season 1)

Hart of Dixie (Seasons 1-4)

Idiotest (Season 1)

Minute to Win It (Season 1)

Reggie Yates’ Extreme (Season 1)

Shtisel (Seasons 1-2)

Sym-Bionic Titan (Season 1)

Winsanity (Season 1)

December 16:

Sensitive Skin (Season 1)

Removal Date TBA:

The West Wing (Seasons 1-7)

Now that we know what’s schedule to leave the service what show or movie will you be watching before it’s off the streaming service? Let me know on Instagram or Twitter @MikeStarkCA I am thinking a “The West Wing” re-watch is in order for me and checking out all the Oceans movies.

Feature Photo Credit: Screenshot of Ocean 11 Cast from Warner Home Video


The West Wing Original Cast Reunites for Special with Voting Mission

President Barlet and his staff are back for a reunion special, and I could not be more excited. The special, A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote is the first time in 17 years, the original cast reunites with the creator and executive producer Aaron Sorkin for a theatrical stage performance of the episode “Hartsfield’s Landing” from season three of the series.

The original cast, which includes Martin Sheen (President Barlet), Allison Janney (C.J. Cregg), Rob Lowe (Sam Seaborne), Dulé Hill (Charlie Young), Richard Schiff (Toby Ziegler), Bradley Whitford (Josh Lyman), and Janel Moloney (Donna Moss), will all reprise their roles for the special, to raise awareness about voting in the upcoming general election. The special will also have guest appearances from Michelle Obama, President Bill Clinton, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Elisabeth Moss, Samuel L. Jackson, and Sterling K. Brown. The special, filmed over a couple of days at the beginning of October inside the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, California, followed all COVID-19 safe protocols.


Screenshot of original cast photo of The West Wing from NBC.

In the trailer, we see President Barlet (played by Martin Sheen) start us off by asking, “What’d I miss?” A lot Mr.President. We also see the same scenes from the episode re-created beautifully on stage, emphasizing how important it is for us to vote. In the clip, we see Sterling K. Brown sign on for the special in replacing the late John Spencer character Leo McGarry. Spencer died of a heart attack in December 2005.


Screenshot of A West Wing Special When We All Vote title card from HBOMax.

From 1999 – 2006, on Wednesday nights at 9 PMThe West Wing took viewers inside the west wing of the white house, the oval office, and senior staff offices’ location for the fictional Democratic administration of Josiah Bartlet. You can watch The West Wing reunion titled “A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote” beginning Thursday, October 15, 2020, on HBO Max’s streaming service (subscription required). You can binge all seven seasons on Netflix before watching the special for those who haven’t seen the series during its original run. For those who have seen it before, you can catch reruns of popular episodes every Friday morning on TNT until the general election.

After watching the trailer, I am so ready for the special as this reunion is overdue. Will you be watching The West Wing special? Let me know on socials @MikeStarkCA on Instagram and Twitter.

Written By: Mike Stark

First Photo Source: Screenshot of President Bartlet from A West Wing Special When We All Vote Trailer on YouTube.