‘Special Ops: Lioness’ Season One Arriving on Blu-ray and DVD Jan. 23

Paramount Home Entertainment will release Special Ops: Lioness — Season One on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Jan. 23.

The thriller from Taylor Sheridan features a cast that includes series lead and executive producer Zoe Saldaña, Laysla De Oliveira, Emmy Award nominee Michael Kelly, with Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman, and Academy Award winner and executive producer Nicole Kidman.

Inspired by an actual U.S. Military program, “Lioness” follows the life of Joe (Saldaña) while she attempts to balance her personal and professional life as the tip of the CIA’s spear in the war on terror. The Lioness Program, overseen by Kaitlyn Meade (Kidman) and Donald Westfield (Kelly), enlists an aggressive Marine Raider named Cruz (De Oliveira) to operate undercover alongside Joe among the power brokers of State terrorism in the CIA’s efforts to thwart the next 9/11.

Other cast members include Dave Annable, Jill Wagner, LaMonica Garrett, James Jordan, Austin Hébert, Jonah Wharton, Stephanie Nur and Hannah Love Lanier.

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The three-disc Blu-ray and DVD sets include all eight episodes and more than 90 minutes of bonus content, including behind-the-scenes of every episode, and the featurettes “Embedded With ‘Special Ops: Lioness'” and “Battle Forged Calm: Tactics & Training.”

‘Special Ops: Lioness’ is a Paramount+ original series produced by MTV Entertainment Studios and 101 Studios.

 

Taylor Sheridan Horror Film ‘Vile’ Due on DVD and Blu-ray Oct. 24 From MVD

MVD Entertainment Group will release the horror flick Vile (2011) — the directorial debut of Taylor Sheridan (“Yellowstone,” Sicario, Wind River, Hell or High Water, “Tulsa King”) — on Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 24 in the MVD Marquee Collection.

In the gory torture horror film in the tradition of the “Saw” and “Hostel” series, a group of strangers find themselves imprisoned in a house. Unsure of why they are there or who is behind it, they are soon enlightened by a video advising them there is a way out. But the threshold they must cross in order to escape is one of excruciating pain and — in the face of torture — not everyone is willing to play by the newly created rules, as they are soon ripped apart by infighting, secret alliances, double-crosses and shattering outbursts of violence, and with the clock ticking down, the “one for all” mentality devolves.

Written by Eric Beck (“Yellowstone”), the film stars April Matson (“Kyle XY”), Greg Cipes (“Teen Titans”), Ian Bohen (“Teen Wolf,” “Yellowstone”) and Heidi Mueller & McKenzie Westmore (from the NBC soap opera “Passions”).

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Extras on Blu-ray include deleted scenes, the theatrical trailer, reversible artwork and a limited edition slipcover (first pressing only). The DVD includes the trailer.

Paramount+ Series ‘Mayor of Kingstown’ Returning for Third Season

Paramount+’s “Mayor of Kingstown,”  starring Jeremy Renner, is returning for a third season.

From Taylor Sheridan and Hugh Dillon, the original series is produced by MTV Entertainment Studios and 101 Studios exclusively for Paramount+.

“Mayor of Kingstown” is one of the top performing original dramas on the service overall and, while in season, was third only to Sheridan’s other hit series “1923” and “Tulsa King,” according to Paramount+. 

“Mayor of Kingstown” follows the McLusky family, power brokers in Kingstown, Mich., where the business of incarceration is the only thriving industry. Tackling themes of systemic racism, corruption and inequality, the series provides a stark look at their attempt to bring order and justice to a town that has neither. 

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The series is executive produced by Sheridan, Dillon, Renner, Antoine Fuqua, David C. Glasser, Ron Burkle, Bob Yari, Michael Friedman, Dave Erickson and Regina Corrado. 

“Mayor of Kingstown” is part of Sheridan’s growing slate on Paramount+, which includes “Special Ops: Lioness,” “1923,” “1883,” “Tulsa King” and the upcoming series “Lawmen: Bass Reeves” and “Land Man.”

The first and second seasons of “Mayor of Kingstown” are available exclusively on Paramount+.

Reelgood: Paramount+ Original Series ‘Special Ops: Lioness’ Topped Weekly Streaming Through Aug. 3

The new Paramount+ original series “Special Ops: Lioness” topped all streaming content for the week ended Aug. 3, according to new data from Reelgood, which tracks real-time data from 5 million users in the United States across SVOD and AVOD services for original and acquired streaming programs and movies.

The Taylor Sheridan drama, which stars Zoe Saldaña, Nicole Kidman and Morgan Freeman, supplanted last week’s No. 1 title “Justified: City Primeval” on Hulu, which finished at No. 6 for the week. Idris Elba’s “Hijack” on Apple TV+, and Netflix’s They Cloned Tyrone rounded out the top three.

Paramount+ Sets July 23 Debut Date for ‘Special Ops: Lioness,’ Releases Trailer

The Paramount+ streaming service June 8 released a trailer for “Special Ops: Lioness,” its upcoming espionage series from Taylor Sheridan that’s set to debut Sunday, July 23.

The thriller features a cast that includes series lead and executive producer Zoe Saldaña, Laysla De Oliveira, Emmy Award nominee Michael Kelly, with Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman, and Academy Award winner and executive producer Nicole Kidman.

Inspired by an actual U.S. Military program, “Lioness” follows the life of Joe (Saldaña) while she attempts to balance her personal and professional life as the tip of the CIA’s spear in the war on terror. The Lioness Program, overseen by Kaitlyn Meade (Kidman) and Donald Westfield (Kelly), enlists an aggressive Marine Raider named Cruz (De Oliveira) to operate undercover alongside Joe among the power brokers of State terrorism in the CIA’s efforts to thwart the next 9/11.

The series is produced by MTV Entertainment Studios and 101 Studios for Paramount+.

Other cast members include Dave Annable, Jill Wagner, LaMonica Garrett, James Jordan, Austin Hébert, Jonah Wharton, Stephanie Nur and Hannah Love Lanier.

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“Special Ops: Lioness” will add to Sheridan’s growing slate of Paramount+ programming, which already includes “Mayor of Kingstown,” “Tulsa King” and the “Yellowstone” prequels “1883” and “1923.” Other upcoming series from Sheridan include “Lawmen: Bass Reeves” and “Land Man.”

Season 1 of Taylor Sheridan’s ‘1923’ Headed to DVD and Blu-ray Aug. 8

Season one of “1923,” a prequel chapter in the Dutton family story from “Yellowstone” created by Academy Award nominee Taylor Sheridan, arrives on DVD and Blu-ray Disc Aug. 8 from Paramount Home Entertainment with more than two hours of bonus content.

The drama series, from MTV Entertainment Studios and 101 Studios, streams exclusively on Paramount+.
 
“1923” stars Academy Award nominee Harrison Ford and Academy Award and Primetime Emmy winner Helen Mirren. In addition to Ford and Mirren, the cast includes Timothy Dalton, Brandon Sklenar, Julia Schlaepfer, Jerome Flynn, Darren Mann, Brian Geraghty, Aminah Nieves, Michelle Randolph, James Badge Dale, Marley Shelton, Sebastian Roché and Jennifer Ehle.
 
From a whirlwind romance out of Africa to the rugged mountain frontier of Montana, the series chronicles the unhindered passion and the shocking truths of the American West. Against the backdrop of a rapidly changing post-war world, Western Expansion reveals the depths of human greed and the forced assimilation of Indigenous Peoples. The drama recounts the journeys of a multi-generational ensemble as they fight for their legacies to endure and hope that those they depend on will return to the places and people they call home.
 
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Bonus content includes “Behind the Story” for each episode, “Unstoppable Change: The Adventure of 1923,” “I Am the Land: Teonna Rainwater,” “Reflecting Humanity: The Art & Craft of Editing 1923,” and “Inside the Series.”

Nicole Kidman Joins Paramount+ Original Series ‘Lioness’

Oscar and Emmy Award winner Nicole Kidman is set to star in and executive produce the upcoming Paramount+ original series “Lioness.”

Kidman joins previously announced cast members Zoe Saldaña and Laysla De Oliveira for the new espionage series from “Yellowstone” creator Taylor Sheridan. “Lionsess” is based on a real-life CIA program and follows Cruz Manuelos (De Oliveira), a rough-around-the-edges but passionate young Marine recruited to join the CIA’s Lioness Engagement Team to help bring down a terrorist organization from within. Saldaña will play Joe, the station chief of the Lioness program tasked with training, managing and leading her female undercover operatives.

Kidman will play Kaitlyn Meade, the CIA’s senior supervisor who has had a long career of playing the politics game. She must juggle the trappings of being a woman in the high-ranking intelligence community, a wife who longs for the attention she herself can’t even give and a mentor to someone veering suspiciously close to the same rocky road she’s found herself on.

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“Lioness” will also star Jill Wagner as Bobby, a CIA Special Activities Division operative; Dave Annable as Neil, Joe’s husband and the father of their two daughters; LaMonica Garrett and James Jordan as Tucker and Two Cups, respectively, both experienced CIA Special Activities Division operatives on Joe’s team; Austin Hébert as Randy, a tech specialist in charge of surveillance; Hannah Love Lanier as Kate, Joe and Neil’s daughter; Stephanie Nur as Aaliyah, the daughter of a billionaire businessman with ties to terrorism; and Jonah Wharton as Tex, another member of Joe’s team.

The series is being produced by MTV Entertainment Studios and 101 Studios exclusively for Paramount+. Kidman will serve as an executive producer under her production company, Blossom Films. In addition to Sheridan and Kidman, other executive producers include Saldaña, David C. Glasser, Ron Burkle, Bob Yari, David Hutkin, Jill Wagner, Geyer Kosinski, Michael Malone and John Hillcoat.

‘Tulsa King’ Greenlighted for Season Two After Strong Premiere

Paramount Global has greenlighted a second season of the Sylvester Stallone series “Tulsa King” after it topped yearly linear cable series debuts and drove Paramount+ its the highest single day of sign-ups ever.

The series, which debuted Nov. 13 on both Paramount+ (two episodes) and Paramount Network (as a sneak peek of episode one), is an American crime drama created by Taylor Sheridan (“Yellowstone”) in which Stallone plays a mafia capo.

“Tulsa King’s” linear preview on Paramount Network made it the biggest new series premiere of 2022 across cable with 3.7 million total viewers, besting “House of the Dragon” and “The Old Man.”

“‘Tulsa King’ scored as the No. 1 new series of the year, topping all others including the ‘Game of Thrones’ sequel ‘House of the Dragon,’ with its preview on Paramount Network, and on Paramount+, it shattered records, driving us to our biggest new sign-up day in history — which is why we instantly greenlit season two,” Chris McCarthy, president and CEO of Paramount Media Networks & MTV Entertainment Studios, said in a statement. “’Tulsa King’ together with ‘Mayor of Kingstown,’ ‘1883’ and the upcoming ‘1923,’ undeniably confirm the success of our strategy to franchise ‘Yellowstone’ and use it to supercharge streaming growth — none of which would be possible without the creative mastermind of Taylor Sheridan.”

“With the combination of the incomparable Sylvester Stallone and Taylor Sheridan’s darkly comedic twist on the beloved mobster genre, we have found our latest hit in ‘Tulsa King,'” Tanya Giles, chief programming officer of Paramount Streaming, said in a statement. “The series’ premiere on Paramount+ helped drive a record sign-up day fueled by our unique ability as Paramount Global to tap into Paramount Network’s incredible ‘Yellowstone’ audience.”

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“We could not be more excited about the success of ‘Tulsa King,’” David C. Glasser, CEO of 101 Studios, said in a statement. “It’s a fun, fresh show that audiences are truly embracing in no small part because of its star, Sylvester Stallone.  We are thankful to Chris McCarthy and MTV Entertainment Studios for their continued support and we are looking forward to getting back on set for season two.”

Samba TV: ‘Yellowstone’ Season 5 Top Scripted Television Premiere of 2022

Kevin Costner’s popular Montana-based drama “Yellowstone” continues to resonate among viewers. More than 12.1 million people watched the season five premiere episode on Nov. 13 on Paramount Network. New data from Samba TV found that 5 million U.S. households watched first episode during the live-plus-seven-day window — the largest scripted TV episode in 2022.

Midwestern cities over-indexed based on viewership. Of the top 25 largest designated market areas, St Louis, MO, over-indexed the most (+35%), followed by Cleveland, Ohio (+26%), and Pittsburgh, Penn. (+21%). By comparison, coastal cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York all under-indexed.

“‘Yellowstone’ continues to tap into the passions of a broad swath of viewers throughout the American Midwest hungry for western-themed genres that have been largely underrepresented on television in recent years,” Ashwin Navin, co-founder/CEO of Samba TV, said in a statement.

The series, which airs live on the Paramount Network, in addition to ancillary pay-TV channels, follows landowner John Dutton (Costner), who has been elected governor of Montana, and his family as they try to protect their property against outside interests.

The series premiered the same day as showrunner Taylor Sheridan’s other series, “Tulsa King,” starring Sylvester Stallone in his first episodic TV show on Paramount+.

“It is clear that Paramount and Sheridan have built a robust franchise with an engaged fanbase that appears to be paying strong dividends with each new show and each new season,” Navin said.

Paramount+ to Debut Latest ‘Yellowstone’ Origin Story ‘1923’ Dec. 18

Paramount+ has announced a Dec. 18 U.S. and Canada premiere date for the new original drama series “1923,” the latest installment in the “Yellowstone” origin story.

The series will premiere the following day on Dec. 19 on Paramount+ in the United Kingdom and Australia.

Premiere dates for other Paramount+ international markets will be announced at a later date.

From Academy Award nominee Taylor Sheridan, “1923” introduces a new generation of Duttons. Led by Harrison Ford as Jacob Dutton and Helen Mirren as Cara Dutton, the series will explore the early 20th century when pandemics, historic drought, the end of Prohibition and the Great Depression all plague the Mountain West and the Duttons who call it home. 

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In addition to Ford and Mirren, the series also stars Brandon Sklenar (“The Offer”), Darren Mann (“Animal Kingdom”), Michelle Randolph (“A Snow White Christmas”), James Badge Dale (“Hightown”), Marley Shelton (“Scream”), Brian Geraghty (“Big Sky”), Aminah Nieves (“Blueberry”), Julia Schlaepfer (“The Politician”) and Jerome Flynn (“Game of Thrones”). 

“1923” is the latest addition to Sheridan’s growing slate on Paramount+, which, in addition to “1883” and “Mayor of Kingstown,” includes the upcoming series “Tulsa King,” “Lioness,” “Bass Reeves” and “Land Man.”