- Best new CBS All Access originals: Star Trek: Lower Decks
- Best new CBS All Access movies: Trainspotting, Scrooged, An Inconvenient Truth, The Foot Fist Way
- Best new CBS All Access shows: Reno 911, Spongebob Squarepants, Chappelle’s Show, The Ren and Stimpy Show
- Best new sports on CBS All Access: UEFA Champions League soccer, PGA golf
- Full list of August 2020 new ViacomCBS shows
Best new CBS All Access Originals: August 2020
Star Trek: Lower Decks
Star Trek: Lower Decks, which premieres on August 6, is one of several new Star Trek TV shows from CBS All Access, and the first cartoon since the original Animated Series in the 1970s. Created by Mike McMahon (Rick and Morty, Solar Opposites), Lower Decks is riding the wave of popularity for adult animation, focusing on “the support crew serving on one of Starfleet’s least important ships.”
- Read the Daily Dot’s review of Star Trek: Lower Decks
Best new movies on CBS All Access: August 2020
The Academy Award-nominated screenplay by John Hodge follows a group of heroin addicts in an economically depressed area of Edinburgh and their passage through life. Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) is a 26-year-old unemployed heroin addict living with his parents, who regularly partakes in drug use with his friends, Simon “Sick Boy” Williamson (Jonny Lee Miller), Daniel “Spud” Murphy (Ewen Bremner). Growing tired of his reckless lifestyle, Renton attempts to wean himself off heroin but keeps getting roped back into his friend group’s drug-addled shenanigans.
Based on the 1843 novella A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, Scrooged is a modern retelling that follows Bill Murray as Frank Cross, a cynical and selfish television executive, who is visited by a succession of ghosts on Christmas Eve intent on helping him regain his Christmas spirit. In the years since its release, Scrooged has become a regular television Christmastime feature, with some critics calling it an alternative to traditional Christmas films, and others arguing that it was ahead of its time, making it relevant in the modern day.
An Inconvenient Truth
Director Davis Guggenheim eloquently weaves the science of global warming with Al Gore’s personal history and lifelong commitment to reversing the effects of global climate change. An audience and critical favorite, An Inconvenient Truth makes the compelling case that global warming is real, man-made, and its effects will be cataclysmic if we don’t act now. Gore presents a wide array of facts and information in a thoughtful and compelling way: often humorous, frequently emotional, and always fascinating. Though the film premiered at Sundance in 2006, in 2020 it has become more relevant than ever.
The Foot Fist Way
Danny McBride stars in his breakout comedic performance as Fred Simmons, an inept, egotistical, outrageous Tae Kwon Do Master who rules his mini-mall dojo with an iron fist. Fred thinks he’s the ultimate sensei but suffers a ferocious karate chop to the ego when he finds out his wife’s been having an affair. To regain his fleeting honor, he embarks on a rip-roaring journey to meet his idol martial arts celebrity Chuck “The Truck” Wallace—a debauched karate master and total jerk. Between the dojo throw-downs, hand-to-face combat, and serious board-breaking, you’ll never recover from the comedic fury of The Foot Fist Way.
Best new shows on CBS All Access: August 2020
From Thomas Lennon, Robert Ben Garant, and Kerri Kenney-Silver—a few of the minds behind MTV’s brilliant ’90s sketch comedy series The State—came this partially unscripted COPS-style mockumentary featuring the incompetent Reno Sheriff’s Department. Whether responding to everything from drug deals and prostitution to domestic disputes, the series gave a “fly on the wall” perspective of the squad’s frequently politically incorrect opinions and interpersonal drama.
This long-running and beloved animated Nickelodeon series chronicles the life and times of Spongebob Squarepants (Tom Kenny), the energetic and optimistic sea sponge who lives in a submerged pineapple with his pet snail Gary in the fictional underwater city of Bikini Bottom. Spongebob’s misadventures are often aided by his best friend and partner in crime Patrick, a dim-witted yet friendly pink starfish who lives nearby under a rock (literally). SpongeBob also works as a fry cook at the Krusty Krab underwater restaurant, and exhibits a childlike enthusiasm for life in nearly everything he does.
Dave Chappelle’s iconic Comedy Central sketch series weaves live stand-up routines with taped comedy segments and musical performances by some of the most groundbreaking Black artists of the time. Though the show was often considered to be controversial due to humor dealing with subjects such as racism, sexuality, and drug use—it remains popular to this day with several catchphrases that have endured over the years.
The Ren & Stimpy Show
Ren, an emotionally unstable Chihuahua, and Stimpy, a good-natured yet dimwitted cat, pal around in this trippy animated series from the demented mind of John Kricfalusi. The pair often assume bizarre roles during their adventures, such as that of outer-space explorers, Old West horse thieves, and nature-show hosts—however, the one commonality is that they’re almost always at odds with one another in these situations. When it first aired, Ren & Stimpy was notoriously controversial due to dark humor, sexual innuendos, adult jokes, and plenty of shock value.
Best sports on CBS All Access: August 2020
Champions League soccer
Starting this August, CBS All Access is streaming every upcoming UEFA Champions League match live! Coverage begins with the remaining matches for the 2019-2020 UEFA Champions League, followed by the quarterfinals, semifinals and the Sunday, August 23 final.
- The Daily Dot’s guide: How to stream Champions League soccer
PGA Tour On CBS
The PGA Tour is back on CBS throughout the rest of 2020, with new health protocols and technologies to ensure the best golf action is broadcast and streamed wherever you are with CBS All Access. Though some things might feel a little different—like the majors starting in August—familiar voices like Jim Nantz, innovative tech like Toptracer, and new features like augmented reality will come together to continue CBS’s golf coverage excellence.
August 2020 new ViacomCBS shows on CBS All Access
In a major step toward transforming CBS All Access into a diversified super service for the company, in August more than 3,500 episodes across ViacomCBS’ leading portfolio of entertainment brands were added to CBS All Access. These include popular series from BET, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Smithsonian Channel, and more, further diversifying the range of content on the service and expanding its appeal to a broader range of audiences.
New shows include:
- BET: All seasons of Real Husbands of Hollywood, Hit the Floor, plus all prior seasons of Single Ladies
- Comedy Central: All seasons of Chappelle’s Show, Strangers with Candy, six prior seasons of Reno 911!
- MTV: All seasons of Laguna Beach and Snooki & Jwoww, prior seasons of Teen Mom 2, seasons of Jersey Show: Family Vacation, and MTV Floribama Shore, and a selection of episodes from The Challenge and Beavis and Butt-Head: The Mike Judge Collection
- Nickelodeon: All seasons of Avatar: The Last Airbender, Rugrats, plus all prior seasons of SpongeBob SquarePants, and more, in addition to seasons of Danny Phantom, The Legend of Korra, and Sam & Cat that were previously available
- Smithsonian Channel: More than 60 episodes of Aerial America, seasons of Air Disasters, documentaries such as The Day We Walked on the Moon, The Green Book: Guide to Freedom, MLK: The Assassination Tapes, and Pocahontas: Beyond the Myth
- TV Land and VH1: Shows including Hot in Cleveland, as well as prior seasons of RuPaul’s Drag Race and Love & Hip Hop
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