Spike network to be spiked, rebranded as Paramount in 2018

Cable television's Spike network will be transformed into the Paramount network early next year, introducing new series with stars to include Alicia Silverstone and Michael Shannon.

   In its announcement Thursday, owner Viacom billed the rebranded network as "a prime destination for premium storytelling." Spike, launched in 2003, has focused on young men.

Paramount's slate of new series will include "American Woman," starring Silverstone as a feminism-driven single mother struggling to raise her two daughters in the 1970s.

The limited series "Waco," starring Shannon and John Leguizamo, will cover the 51-day siege between...