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Don’t miss out on the magic of the festive season – unwrap your December with Paramount+! From captivating dramas to heart-warming documentaries, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Kick off the month with a football extravaganza. Paramount+ brings you a blend of local and international club action, along with CommBank Matildas friendlies. It’s a soccer spectacle that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Dust off your velour tracksuit, as Paramount + Australian Original Series, Paper Dolls makes its debut on Sunday, 3 December. This eight-part drama takes you on a mesmerising journey through the rise and fall of the fictional girl-group HARLOW.

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Dive into an underwater adventure with Baby Shark’s Big Movie. Follow Baby Shark as he navigates the challenges of a new city life, encountering the evil pop starfish Stariana. With a jaw-some line-up of guest voice actors, including Ashley Tisdale and Lance Bass, this animated film promises to be a splash hit for the whole family.

Commemorate Tony Bennett’s illustrious career and his decade-long musical journey with Lady Gaga in The Lady and the Legend. This intimate documentary provides a unique portrayal of their extraordinary collaboration and a realistic view into Bennett’s last days.

And immerse yourself in the gripping tale of two brothers, reunited as adults over a fateful summer. Finestkind explores primal stakes and desperate circumstances that test the bonds between family, friends, and lovers, featuring stellar performances from Ben Foster, Toby Wallace, Jenna Ortega, and Tommy Lee Jones.

All this and more, coming in December.


Heist 88

FRIDAY, 1 DECEMBER

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EXCLUSIVE CRIME DRAMA FEATURE

Inspired by true events, Heist 88 is the unbelievable story centred on Jeremy Horne (Vance), the criminal mastermind with an innate ability to convince anyone to do just about anything and who decides to pull one last job before going to prison.

He recruits four young bank employees to steal close to $80 million dollars in a daring and brazen assault on the U.S. banking system.

The film takes place in a time before widespread computerisation and the vast cybersecurity of today.

It reunites Vance with Keesha Sharp, who portrayed Dale Cochran in the award-winning limited series The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, and Bentley Green, who recently starred alongside Vance in the drama series 61st Street. Heist 88 also stars Keith David (The Nice Things), Xavier Clyde (City on Fire), Nican Robinson (Beef) and Precious Way (Days of our Lives).

Thriller 40

NEW MUSIC DOCUMENTARY

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SATURDAY, 2 DECEMBER

Forty years after the release of Michael Jackson’s Thriller – the best-selling album of all time worldwide – Director Nelson George takes fans back in time to experience the making of the record-breaking album and the release of the accompanying short films that forever redefined the music video format.

Featuring never-before-seen footage and exclusive interviews, Thriller 40 chronicles the creation of a pre-internet global phenomenon unlike anything before it or since. Thriller launched Michael Jackson into mega-stardom and to this day continues to influence all aspects of culture and entertainment, including the worlds of music, dance and fashion.

Music and entertainment luminaries including Usher, Mary J. Blige, Will.I.Am, Mark Ronson, Misty Copeland, Maxwell and John Landis are featured in the documentary.

Paper Dolls

SUNDAY, 3 DECEMBER

EXCLUSIVE NEW SERIES / THREE EPISODES THEN WEEKLY

Desperate for a second chance at her music dream, underdog Izzy James (Emalia) gets an offer she can’t refuse from Millennium International Music’s ruthless Head of Marketing, Margot Murray (Emma Booth).

But it’s not the solo gig Izzy was chasing. Instead, this industry outcast is offered a spot in the label’s manufactured reality TV music group, HARLOW — the day before their first live performance. With a dysfunctional legacy following her, Izzy sets out to prove herself, this time as a member of HARLOW. But being back at her old record label proves more challenging than she thought, both professionally and personally.

It seems there was more to her failed solo career than being labelled a “problematic artist”. With less than twenty-four hours until their debut performance, Izzy is forced to succumb to the very people who ruined her solo career three years prior, while navigating new relationships with the girls of HARLOW. Can Izzy manage her emotions long enough to pull off the performance, or will she crash all over again?

Geddy Lee Asks: Are Bass Players Human Too?

WEDNESDAY, 6 DECEMBER

EXCLUSIVE MUSIC DOCUMENTARY

Produced by Banger Films and MTV Entertainment Studios, in Geddy Lee Asks: Are Bass Players Human Too? famed Rush bassist Geddy Lee travels to the homes of some of music’s most renowned bass players and digs into the stories that make these musicians stand out.

A follow-up to his recent book, Geddy Lee’s Big Beautiful Book of Bass, the new four-part series features episodes with Krist Novoselic (Nirvana), Les Claypool (Primus), Melissa Auf der Maur (Hole, Smashing Pumpkins) and Rob Trujillo (Metallica). “The idea for this show was born out of interviews I did for my first book, The Big, Beautiful Book of Bass, said Lee. “I was struck that these accomplished musicians also lived incredibly interesting, multi-faceted lives offstage. Who knew bass players were so effin’ human?”

The Envoys (Season Two)

THURSDAY, 7 DECEMBER

EXCLUSIVE NEW SEASON / BATCH DROP

In The Envoys (Season Two), Priests Pedro Salinas (Méndez) and Simón Antequera (Silvestre) delve into a web of mystery and murder in a Galician convent. With three blind nuns bearing witness to a supposed miracle, the battle between lies and faith escalates.

As they probe deeper, tragedy strikes with the sudden demise of their host Joaquin. Now entangled in a dual investigation, the priests confront not only the mystical, but also a much earthlier truth. As the battle between deceit and faith escalates, this season promises an electrifying fusion of mystery, murder and heart-pounding thrills.

Rubble & Crew (Season One)

THURSDAY, 7 DECEMBER

BRAND NEW EPISODES / BATCH DROP

Produced by Spin Master Entertainment, Rubble & Crew follows Rubble and his pup family as they use their awesome construction vehicles to build and repair whatever the town of Builder Cove needs in high-stakes adventures.

The series marks the first television spin-off for preschool powerhouse PAW Patrol, which will celebrate its milestone 10th anniversary this year.

Set in the community of Builder Cove, a neighbouring town to PAW Patrol’s Adventure Bay, Rubble & Crew centres on Rubble, the funny and optimistic leader of the construction crew. In the small, quickly growing town, lots of things are still needed for the community to come together, including a bigger airport, train station, bridges, tunnels, schools, fire stations, parks and more. Rubble and his construction pup family–his pup cousins Mix, Wheeler, Charger, Motor, along with Grandpa Gravel and Auntie Crane–must work together to tackle and build all the projects the town needs.

Baby Shark’s Big Movie

SATURDAY, 9 DECEMBER

EXCLUSIVE ANIMATED FEATURE

In Baby Shark’s Big Movie, Baby Shark is forced to leave behind the world he loves after his family’s move to the big city and must adjust to his new life without his best friend William. When Baby Shark encounters an evil pop starfish named Stariana, who plans to steal his gift of song in order to dominate all underwater music, he must break her spell to restore harmony to the seas.

Baby Shark’s Big Movie features a jaw-some lineup of guest voice actors, including: actress, singer and producer Ashley Tisdale (Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Candace Against the Universe, High School Musical) as Stariana, a sharp-witted and manipulative, rising pop starfish who wants to take center stage with a splash hit; Aparna Nancherla (Mira, Royal Detective) as Gillie, a charmingly chaotic, bumbling boxfish and Stariana’s assistant; Ego Nwodim (Saturday Night Live) as Leah, a lantern shark and Mommy Shark’s best friend from college; Chloe Fineman (Saturday Night Live, Father of the Bride) as Lannie, Leah’s hyper, lovable daughter; ENHYPEN as an underwater powerhouse K-pop band of belugas; and Lance Bass as TV announcer Lance Bass.

The Lady And The Legend

WEDNESDAY, 13 DECEMBER

EXCLUSIVE MUSIC DOCUMENTARY

The Lady and the Legend, commemorates not only Tony Bennett’s illustrious career but also his decade-long musical journey with Lady Gaga. The documentary is an intimate and unique portrayal of their extraordinary collaboration and a realistic view into Bennett’s last days.

The Lady and the Legend provides a candid glimpse into the final days of Bennett’s life, during which he battled Alzheimer’s disease as he continued to work.

The upcoming documentary delves into the friendship and working relationship that blossomed between Bennett and Gaga over the course of a decade. Their collaboration might have seemed unlikely at first, as the pop superstar and the standards singer joined forces on Bennett’s album Duets II for a rendition of The Lady Is a Tramp. That track turned out to be the beginning of a very special and unusual musical journey.

The Lady And The Legend with Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett (image – Paramount)

80 For Brady

THURSDAY, 14 DECEMBER

NEW COMEDY FEATURE FILM

Academy Award nominee Lily Tomlin and winners Jane Fonda, Rita Moreno and Sally Field star in this hilarious and heartfelt comedy inspired by a true story of friendship and adventure.

Four lifelong friends set out on an unforgettable journey to see their hero, Tom Brady, play in Super Bowl LI and witness one of the greatest comebacks in sports history, discovering that it’s never too late to live life to the fullest.

Big Boys (Season One)

FRIDAY, 15 DECEMBER

EXCLUSIVE NEW SERIES / BATCH DROP

Big Boys is a British television sitcom created and written by Jack Rooke.

It stars Dylan Llewellyn and Jon Pointing as first-year university students who live together, set in 2013, told from the point of view of Llewellyn’s character Jack—a semi-fictionalised version of Rooke, who narrates the series—as he recovers from his father’s death and explores his sexuality for the first time.

Finestkind

SATURDAY, 16 DECEMBER

EXCLUSIVE DRAMA FEATURE

Finestkind tells the story of two brothers (Ben Foster and Toby Wallace), raised in different worlds, who are reunited as adults over a fateful summer. Set against the backdrop of commercial fishing, the story takes on primal stakes when desperate circumstances force the brothers to strike a deal with a violent Boston crime gang. Along the way, a young woman (Emmy®-nominee Jenna Ortega) finds herself caught perilously in the middle. Sacrifices must be made, and bonds between brothers, friends, lovers, and a father (Oscar-winner Tommy Lee Jones) and his son are put to the ultimate test.

Also starring Ismael Cruz Cordova, Aaron Stanford, Scotty Tovar, Tim Daly, Lolita Davidovich and Clayne Crawford, Finestkind is produced by Gary Foster and Russ Krasnoff of Krasnoff/Foster Entertainment, Oscar nominee Taylor Sheridan of Bosque Ranch, David C. Glasser of 101 Studios and in association with MTV Entertainment Studios. The film is executive produced by Jennifer Roth, Ron Burkle, David Hutkin and Bob Yari and co-produced by Joseph Micucci.

Tyler Perrys Young Dylan (Season Four)

WEDNESDAY, 20 DECEMBER

BRAND NEW SEASON / BATCH DROP

In all new episodes of Tyler Perrys Young Dylan, Dylan continues to explore his art and his adolescence as he leans on his cousins and learns from his aunt and uncle. Yasmine, Myles and Viola guide the kids and each other toward what it means to continually grow together as a family.

Football In December

ALL MONTH LONG

ACTION-PACKED FOOTBALL

It’s a holiday football feast in December with local and international club action and CommBank Matildas friendlies on offer to devour.

The Emirates FA Cup second round proper is on Saturday, 2 December – Tuesday, 5 December as clubs look to advance to the next stage of the iconic knockout tournament, including Hollywood star Ryan Reynolds’ Wrexham AFC as they face Yeovil Town.

After an incredible 2023, the CommBank Matildas will round out the year when they take on Canada in a two-match series, on Saturday, 2 December at 2.00pm AEDT and Wednesday, 6 December at 1.30pm AEDT.

The AFC Champions League continues with matches for the west and east divisions across the month, including Melbourne City going headto-head with Zhejiang FC on Tuesday, 12 December.

Plus, there is plenty of local football action with over 50 matches on offer in the Isuzu UTE A-League and Liberty A-League as their seasons continue.

Coming Soon to Paramount+

THE GILDED AGE Season 2

GEORDIE SHORE Season 24

SKY MED Season 2

SEXY BEAST

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Kyle Laidlaw
Kyle Laidlaw
An avid media enthusiast of more than 10 years, Kyle regularly follows all things TV related, both in Australia and overseas with a particular interest in local free-to-air scheduling and new show commissions.
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