Michael Chiklis Drama 'Coyote' Moves to CBS All Access From Paramount Network



Another scripted series is on the move as media titans continue to prioritize and bulk up their streaming offerings.

Coyote, the drama series starring Michael Chiklis, is moving from Paramount Network to CBS All Access. The six-episode drama from Sony Pictures Television will debut on the ViacomCBS-backed streamer on Jan. 7.

Originally developed and picked up to series last year for Paramount Network, Chiklis stars as a border patrol agent who is forced to work for the people he spent his career trying to keep out of America. Juan Pablo Raba and Adriana Paz co-star in the series. David Graziano (Southland) serves as showrunner and co-created the series alongside Michael Carnes and Josh Gilbert (Mr. Woodcock). Michelle MacLaren (Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad) exec produces and directed the first two episodes. Coyote brings Chiklis, who also exec produces, back to the Sony fold following his Emmy-winning breakout role on FX's The Shield.

Coyote is the latest series developed for Paramount Network that will ultimately never air on the linear network. The ViacomCBS-backed basic cable network previously sold Emily in Paris to Netflix after it moved to Paramount Network from corporate sibling TV Land.

Among the basic cable networks overseen by Chris McCarthy, Paramount Network is being rebranded as a movie-centric outlet. The former Spike TV will be rebranded as the Paramount Movie Network in 2021 and shift away from scripted originals. While mega-hit Yellowstone will remain on the network, McCarthy plans for PMN to be a home for weekly original movies and quarterly limited series or tentpole shows like Yellowstone. (In success, an original movie could serve as a backdoor pilot for a series.) Rebranded just three years ago, Paramount Network was envisioned as the general entertainment destination among ViacomCBS' roster of cable channels.

The Coyote move also bulks up CBS All Access as the streamer is being broadened out with content from across the ViacomCBS portfolio as it, too, is rebranded next year. The platform, which will shift to Paramount+ next year, will be a hub for library content from its corporate siblings including Comedy Central, BET, MTV, Nickelodeon and CBS, among others. To that end, the streamer has been actively developing new properties that build off of its established brands, including a Godfather TV series (about the making of the film); a revival of The Game; and a new series from Yellowstone creator Taylor Sheridan, among others.

Coyote will join a roster of originals at CBS All Access including the Star Trek franchise, Twilight Zone update, The Good Fight, HBO Max transfer Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies, The Stand, Why Women Kill and SpongeBob spinoff Kamp Koral, among others.

With Coyote's transfer, Paramount Network's roster of originals includes Mayor of Kingstown (from Sheridan),  Paradise Lost (starring Josh Hartnett) and a limited series with Jessica Chastain playing country music icon Tammy Wynette. The latter two originals will have a first-window on Spectrum Originals.

ViacomCBS is not alone in shuffling the decks of its scripted offerings. Disney has seen multiple series move from Disney+ and Hulu, while Warner Media has also shifted some of its originals around its vast ecosystem, including Sesame Street from HBO to streamer HBO Max. Such moves are becoming increasingly common as media heavyweights prioritize streaming over linear networks.