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Road Rules is returning! Drag Race All Stars is leaving VH1! And other Paramount+ shows

The first reality TV competition series, Road Rules, a spin-off of MTV’s The Real World, is returning to television.

Well, not to cable TV or to its original home, MTV—because as we know, MTV is just an empty shell full of Ridiculousness reruns. Now that MTV’s two iconic series are both returning but not actually on MTV, we might as well just declare MTV dead and done.

Road Rules will be on Paramount+, which is the new name for CBS All Access, which is rebranding and relaunching next week, on March 4.

That’s also where a VH1 staple, RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars, will be moving, and where both Ink Master and Dating Naked will be revived, along with several other new reality competitions and documentary series.

Drag Race All Stars will join The Challenge All Stars

RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars is moving to Paramount+ from VH1
RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars is moving to Paramount+ from VH1

Drag Race All Stars’ move might not be a huge surprise, considering that last year, ViacomCBS announced that All Stars would be moving to Showtime, the premium cable channel.

That decision was quickly reversed for season five last last summer, but it appears that Drag Race All Stars 6 will be on Paramount+ only. The streaming service included it in its list of “original[s] and reprisals.”

Another all-star competition will join it there: The Challenge: All Stars, which appears to be the OG version of The Challenge that Mark Long spearheaded starting last summer. On that show:

“…twenty-two of the most iconic, boldest, and fiercest Challenge All Stars from the original Real World and Road Rules have been selected to return for a second chance at the ultimate competition. All have history, but when relationships are the key to survival, will these legends be able to form new bonds or will their past lead to their demise? With $500,0000 and their legacies on the line, which of these All Stars will prove they are still the best of the best?”

As for Road Rules, which gave way to The Real World/Road Rules Challenge, Paramount+ says that it will return:

…with a new roster of Road Warriors. These strangers will be abandoned in a far-flung location and stripped of their modern-day luxuries by boarding a restricted life in an RV, traveling from location to location. They will be guided by a set of clues, odd jobs and missions for money. If they last to the end of the trip, they walk away with the life changing prize.

MTV was talking about reviving Road Rules four years ago, according to a former cast member, though nothing was never announced. But clearly, it’s been on the radar for revival.

As it turns out, so have two other cable shows.

Big Brother and Love Island live feeds? and other Paramount+ reality

Justine Ndiba and Jeremiah White chat and try to find some chemistry on Love Island season 2's premiere
Justine Ndiba and Jeremiah White chat and try to find some chemistry on Love Island season 2’s premiere. (Photo by Adam Torgerson/CBS)

Besides those shows, Paramount+ will have the Big Brother live feeds, as CBS All Access has in recent years.

It will also have Love Island on Paramount+, which is being called “an extension of the popular CBS reality series that takes subscribers beyond the boundaries of what’s shown in the broadcast with exclusive content and live visits to the Villa.” That sounds like a version of live feeds to me.

Paramount+ says they’ll also have two returning series and a brand-new drag competition:

Dating Naked – the most vulnerable social experiment returns to bring dating back to its most honest, unguarded and naked form. Can these modern daters strip back their preconceived notions, carefully curated images AND their clothes to reveal their true selves and find love?

Ink Master – the tattoo competition reality series where some of the nation’s top tattoo artists battle it out in various tattoo challenges that not only test the artists’ technical skills, but also their on-the-spot creativity for the title of Ink Master.

Queen of the Universe – in a singing competition like no other, drag queens from all around the world compete to see who is Queen of the Universe. High heels, high octaves, high competition – this drag queen singing competition will blow your wig off. From Emmy® Award-winning production company, World of Wonder.

Paramount+ also announced several music-themed unscripted series:

Behind the Music Behind the Music is back! The groundbreaking and prolific music documentary series returns with several new episodes and the best of the vault remastered and updated for today’s audiences with artist interviews, a creative refresh and reimagined visual style.

From Cradle to Stage –this new six-part, unscripted television series from Director Dave Grohl was inspired by his mother, Virginia Hanlon Grohl, and based on her critically-acclaimed book, From Cradle to Stage: Stories from the Mothers Who Rocked and Raised Rock Stars. The series is a dynamic personal exploration of the special relationship between successful musicians and their moms. Each episode features a famous performer and their mom as well as Dave and Virginia.

Unplugged –MTV’s most iconic musical performance franchise will come to Paramount+ several times a year as special intimate MTV Unplugged events featuring some of the world’s biggest artists.

Yo! MTV Raps –MTV is bringing back its most storied hip-hop series and music franchise Yo! MTV Raps for Paramount+. The return of Yo! MTV Raps will include hosted segments, live performances, cyphers and lifestyle content, and will serve as a comprehensive deep dive into the current state of hip-hop. After its debut 33 years ago on August 6, 1988, Yo! MTV Raps became the premiere destination for all things hip-hop. The advent of the series was crucial to the rise of rap music worldwide, creating a global passion for the genre and greater hip-hop culture, which has since become the most dominant force in mainstream music and pop culture worldwide.

And Paramount+ said it’d have several feature documentary, plus these documentary series:

For Heaven’s Sake – blends comedy and crime documentary formats for a unique take on uncovering the truth. The series follows the search for Harold Heaven, who mysteriously disappeared from his remote cabin in Ontario, Canada, in the winter of 1934.

The Real Criminal Minds – a true crime docu series, featuring a former real FBI profiler. The series will examine real cases, and real criminal behavior, illustrated by clips fans will remember from the fictional series.

Watergate – from MTV Entertainment Studios, this series will illuminate a moment in our history that parallels so much of what’s happening now.

Stories from the Beautiful Game – an original soccer documentary series produced by Pete Radovich, the award-winning coordinating producer of CBS Sports’ UEFA coverage.Paramount+ will release several soccer documentaries every year, starting later in 2021.

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