Paramount+ Orders True-Crime Anthology Series ‘American Tragedy’

Show is a followup to Paramount Network miniseries “Waco”

American Tragedy Paramount+

Paramount+ has ordered true-crime anthology series “American Tragedy” as a followup to Paramount Network’s miniseries “Waco,” the upcoming streaming service announced during parent company ViacomCBS’ streaming-centric investor day Wednesday.

Per Paramount+, “each season of a new anthology series, ‘American Tragedy,’ will tackle complicated moments in true crime.” The company did not announce the subject matter for the second season.

“Waco,” which premiered in January 2018 on Paramount Network, starred Taylor Kitsch as preacher and cult leader David Koresh. The miniseries followed the story of the deadly 1993 FBI raid of Koresh’s compound, a 51-day standoff that ended in the deaths of 76 men, women and children, including Koresh himself.

The show also starred Michael Shannon, John Leguizamo, Andrea Riseborough, Rory Culkin, Melissa Benoist, Paul Sparks, Shea Whigham, Camryn Manheim and Julia Garner.

The series, based on two nonfiction books on the case, was executive produced by the now-defunct Weinstein Television. It’s not clear who will be producing the series going forward.

The “American Tragedy” anthology series was one of many projects revealed by ViacomCBS during the company’s streaming presentation Wednesday, which is pegged to the much-promoted March 4 launch of Paramount+, a rebranded and expanded version of CBS All Access.

Among the many other announcements made during the event were that Showtime’s “Halo” TV series is moving to Paramount+, “Younger” will be ending with its seventh season, which will air on Paramount+ ahead of its TV Land broadcast run, Jeremy Renner is set to star on “Yellowstone” co-creator Taylor Sheridan’s drama “Mayor of Kingstown” (just one of the series that Sheridan is making for the streaming service), and revivals of “Frasier,” “Road Rules,” “Reno 911,””Inside Amy Schumer” are all heading to the platform, plus a “Criminal Minds” companion docuseries to go along with that crime show’s revival.


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