In the parlance of our time, Paramount+ follows the naming convention that has been adopted by Disney, Apple and a number of others.
In a press release, the company said that "the Paramount+ streaming service will launch in early 2021 as a rebrand of the company's current streaming service, CBS All Access", suggesting that Showtime will remain its own entity.
ViacomCBS CEO Bob Bakish had earlier described the company's plans for the expanded service as one which would allow it to showcase the company's biggest franchises and deep library, but also one that would leverage the company's IP for original content, as it has already done now with its multiple "Star Trek" series and "The Good Wife" spin-off "The Good Fight", for example. This includes "The Offer", a scripted limited series about the making of "The Godfather;" CIA spy drama "Lioness" created by Taylor Sheridan; a reimagined version of MTV's "Behind the Music", that will focus on the past 40 years; a true crime docuseries "The Real Criminal Minds", based on the fictional TV hit; and a revival of BET's "The Game".
In July, CBS All Access announced the addition of 3,500 new episodes to the platform. BET, Comedy Central and other imprints will also produce original series for Paramount Plus.
Lioness: Based on a real-life Central Intelligence Agency program, follows a young Marine recruited to befriend the daughter of a terrorist to bring the organization down from within. The last two are The Real Criminal Minds, a true-crime series based on the long-running CBS drama, and a revival of the hit BET drama The Game which was reportedly in the works at The CW past year. It also marks a move to expand into global markets. The regions are part of an initial expansion, with further regions expected to launch soon after.