Paramount Television Service

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The Paramount Television Service (or PMTS for short) was the name of a proposed but ultimately, unrealized "fourth television network" from the major American film studio, Paramount Pictures (then a unit of Gulf+Western). It was a forerunner for what would become UPN (the United Paramount Network), which launched 17 years after plans for the Paramount Television Service ultimately did not materialize.

History

Background

PMTS was not Paramount's first attempt at launching a television network. The first attempt occurred in 1949 with the launch of the Paramount Television Network, which never extended beyond a few stations and folded after only a few years.

In 1974, Barry Diller started his tenure as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Paramount Pictures Corporation. With Diller at the helm, the studio produced hit television programs such as Laverne & Shirley (1976), Taxi (1978), and Cheers (1982). With his television background, Diller kept pitching an idea of his to the board: a fourth commercial network.



The plan

Plans relating to the proposed launch of the Paramount Television Service were first announced on June 17, 1977. Set to launch in April or May 1978. Thirty "Movies of the Week" would have followed Phase...
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