Following Paramount+ Merger, Showtime Cancels and Removes Shows

By Jessica Lerner 

Showtime is pulling an HBO Max.

The cable network has canceled several shows and removed others from its streaming platforms hours after it was announced Paramount will merge Paramount+ and Showtime content on streaming and linear.

American Gigolo and Let the Right One In have been canceled, and Showtime has scrapped the Shailene Woodley-starring adaptation Three Women, which will now be shopped elsewhere.


The cable network is also pulling several short-lived shows from its streaming platform. Along with the recently canceled titles, Kidding, Super Pumped Season 1, On Becoming a God in Central Florida and American Rust will be removed from the streaming service. Additionally, seasons of acquired programming, such as The End and Wakefield, are also no longer available.

Showtime is expected to allow the affected programs to be shopped elsewhere, according to The Hollywood Reporter. For instance, Let the Right One In is already in the market.

Those who pay for the combined subscription with Showtime will no longer have access to the impacted movies on Paramount+. In the upcoming days, they’ll probably be taken off on Paramount+, per THR.

More cuts from Showtime could be on the horizon as the merger of Paramount+ and Showtime takes place.

“As a part of Paramount+, we can put more resources into building out the lanes that have made the Showtime brand famous, as well as turning our hit shows into global hit franchises,” Chris McCarthy, who oversees Showtime’s linear network, wrote in a note to staff, per Deadline.

“To do this, we will divert investment away from areas that are underperforming and that account for less than 10% of our views,” McCarthy said. “We have already begun conversations with our production partners about what content makes sense moving forward and which shows have franchise potential.”