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The Challenge expands: CBS’s new Challenge will have all-star Survivor, Big Brother cast

The Challenge expands: CBS’s new Challenge will have all-star Survivor, Big Brother cast

The company now known as Paramount is tripling-down on The Challenge as its cornerstone series, ordering several new versions, including one that will air on CBS this summer, along with two all-star competitions: All Star Shore and The Challenge: War Of the Worlds.

That title may seem familiar, because it’s the exact same title as 2018’s season 33, The Challenge: War of the Worlds, which was followed by 2019’s season 34, The Challenge: War of the Worlds 2.

ViacomCBS—which changed its name yesterday to Paramount, so as to confuse it with Paramount the network and Paramount+, its crappy streaming service—announced the new series one day after international Survivor seasons disappeared after less than one month of streaming, and one day before Big Brother Canada was supposed to make its debut on Paramount+.

A look at those new competitions follows. First, Paramount+ also announced:

  • The Real World Homecoming: New Orleans, which filmed last November, and is the third show in the reunion franchise.
  • A renewal of RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars, which was moved to Paramount+ but also is now airing on VH1.
  • A renewal of Queen of the Universe, the drag queen singing competition that premiered late last year.
  • A third season of The Challenge: All Stars, which brings back “retired,” “old” players.
  • New episodes of Ink Master, which the press release said “makes its premiere on Paramount+ in markets around the world with all-new episodes later this year.” It’s not clear if that means if Paramount the company is moving it to Paramount+ from Paramount the network. (Great branding, everyone!)

Three new all-star competitions

MTV All Star Shore

All Star Shore

All Star Shore—which has the MTV logo in its logo but will be a Paramount+ exclusive, because all of this wasn’t clear enough—has 14 cast members from different shows, and not just ones with “Shore” in the title:

  • Jersey Shore Family Vacation
  • Geordie Shore
  • Acapulco Shore
  • Bachelor in Paradise
  • Love is Blind
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race

The press release says that “14 of reality TV’s most iconic stars” will “come together for an epic vacation at the ultimate Shore house in Gran Canaria, Spain, to battle it out for the grand prize and global bragging rights.”

The Challenge: CBS

The Challenge franchise itself is expanding, with new versions in Argentina, Australia, and the U.K—and now CBS.

Yes, the broadcast network will have its own Challenge, which has the working title of The Challenge: CBS, which is the kind of title that makes me appreciate The Amazing Race’s “Reality Clash” or “Reality Showdown.”

The new CBS Challenge will air this summer and be cast with “CBS all-stars”—presumably players from Survivor, Big Brother, and The Amazing Race.

MTV Entertainment Studios will produce the show. Here’s its format:

For the first time in Challenge history, reality titans from the CBS universe will compete in the most unpredictable and demanding game of their lives. With an ever-changing game, players will be in a constant state of paranoia and unable to trust anyone but themselves. The CBS all-stars will compete on The Challenge: CBS this summer on the CBS Television Network for a chance to join the upcoming global War of the Worlds championship.

The Challenge: War of the Worlds

The winner of The Challenge: CBS will compete against winners from The Challenge: UK, The Challenge: Australia, and The Challenge: Argentina to “battle for the first-ever title as the Challenge World Champion,” according to Paramount+.

Since all four of those series are brand-new, and I cannot imagine an entire season that’s just four people playing against each other, I’m curious if these four seasons will have teams of people who win, and thus have more people to seed the larger show.

Paramount+ did not announce a premiere date for any of these shows, so perhaps it will be a while.

Interestingly, Paramount+ was clear to say that these new series will “be available to stream on demand on Paramount+ in their respective markets” only. In other words, Americans will only have access to The Challenge: CBS.

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Dakota

Sunday 20th of February 2022

I dont see the most recent season of DragRace all stars (6) on vh1 App

BadMitten

Friday 18th of February 2022

"because it’s the exact same title as 2018’s season 33, The Challenge: War of the Worlds, which was followed by 2019’s season 34, The Challenge: War of the Worlds."

Should read.. because it’s the exact same title as 2018’s season 33, The Challenge: War of the Worlds, which was followed by 2019’s season 34, The Challenge: War of the Worlds 2...

Andy Dehnart

Friday 18th of February 2022

Thanks—fixed!

Kim

Thursday 17th of February 2022

I’m excited to hear about new seasons of Inkmaster, but if it is only on P+ I won’t be watching. I need another paid streaming network like a hole in the head.

Benita Routman

Wednesday 16th of February 2022

Andy, does this mean that the Challenge series won't air on MTV any more? Thanks!

BadMitten

Friday 18th of February 2022

@Benita Routman, season 38 is still in the works, will be filmed after the new show

Rob

Friday 18th of February 2022

@Benita Routman, The main show on MTV sucks because they keep casting the same people over and over. All stars is better but have you all notice there are people that have been on the same 3 seasons.

Kyle

Wednesday 16th of February 2022

Soon they need "Challenge: Battle of the Reality Network Stars"