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Paramount+ Launches ‘Drag Race Italia,’ Talks Growth at Series Mania

John Hopewell Chief International Correspondent LILLE, France — Paramount+ will be bowing “Drag Race Italia” Season 3 on the streaming service in Italy, followed by the U.S. and Latin America later this year.  The Italian Season 3 follows on the recent announcement of three new “Drag Race” editions in Brazil, Germany and Mexico and a “Global Drag Race All Stars,” which will air on Paramount+ in their respective territories this year, Paramount+ announced Wednesday. “As we expand Paramount+’s global footprint, it was important to recapture ‘Drag Race’ in key international markets and also build an interconnected competition series with a new ‘Global Drag Race All Stars’ – it’s like a global Super Bowl for Drag,” said Chris McCarthy, president-CEO, Showtime/MTV Entertainment Studios & Paramount Media Networks.

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George Clooney will direct the political espionage thriller The Department
George Clooney is set to direct and produce a political espionage thriller series for Showtime under the working title The Department.According to Deadline, the network ordered the series as an adaptation of the French drama The Bureau (Le Bureau des Legendes), which aired for five seasons from 2015 to 2020. Based on actual accounts by former spies and inspired by contemporary events, the series focused on intelligence officer Guillaume 'Malotru' Debailly, who returns to the French capital after six years undercover in Damascus. The Bureau centered on the daily lives of French agents within the nation's leading external security service - their equivalent of the CIA - who trained and led long-term missions in areas with French interests. Living under false identities for years, these agents aim to identify and recruit good intelligence sources. This comes after Clooney as seen filming Wolves in New York City.  He's on board: George Clooney, 61, is set to team up with Showtime to direct and produce a political espionage thriller series under the working title The Department Coming to the small screen: Showtime ordered the series as an adaptation of the French drama The Bureau (Le Bureau des Legendes), which aired for five seasons from 2015-2020 He has to face the challenge of reconnecting with his daughter, ex-wife, colleagues, and even his old self. In 2019, the New York Times lauded The Bureau as one of the Best International TV Shows of the Decade.In June 2020, NPR also praised the show saying, 'It may well be the best TV show in the world right now.' Chris McCarthy, President/CEO at Showtime and Paramount media, said, 'Just as Homeland elevated global espionage to new heights, The Department will take viewers even
Yellowjackets gets renewed by Showtime for a third season BEFORE its second season even airs
The acclaimed television series Yellowjackets got a major vote of confidence from Showtime when the premium cable network renewed it for a third season — all before its second season had even premiered.Showtime is looking to capitalize on the show's success by fast-tracking a third season three months ahead of season two's premiere date, Deadline reported on Thursday.According to the publication, the network also had a tight deadline for a renewal, as the deadline for picking up the cast contract options was coming up in mid-December.The series, which includes stars Christina Ricci and Melanie Lynskey, follows the team members of a high school soccer team who are forced to try to survive for 19 months in the Canadian wilderness after their plane crashes on the way to a tournament. That was fast! Showtime renewed its hit survival thriller Yellowjackets for a third season three months before season two even premiered, Deadline reported on Thursday; Christina Ricci seen in the seriesIn addition to looking back at their struggle to live, the surviving members of the team are shown as they struggle to fit into their adult lives years later.The series was a hit for the network, garnering over 5 million weekly viewers, and it went on to receive seven Emmy nominations, though it didn't win any of the awards.  Chris McCarthy, the president and CEO of both Showtime and Paramount Media Networks, told Deadline that the renewal was an attempt build on the impressive 'momentum' of Yellowjackets' first season.'With Yellowjackets’ runaway success in Season one and the pent-up anticipation for Season two, we wanted to maximize the momentum by fast-tracking Season three now,' said McCarthy.