Is 'Rise of the Pink Ladies' Gone for a Tax-Write Off? Beyond Taxing

Are canceled shows being removed from streaming platforms like Disney and Paramount+ because of tax write-offs? Some viewers are asking.

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Every episode of the debut season of Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies on Paramount+ could be gone for good. Fans won’t be able to watch the quirky musical TV show unless another streaming service picks up the series. And some of you probably don’t care. 

But questions have swirled since Paramount+ abruptly announced the cancellation and removal of Rise of the Pink Ladies, Star Trek: Prodigy, The Game, and other shows from its streaming service last week. Similar questions were raised following the removal of dozens of shows from other platforms. Do some of your favorite series get permanently pulled from streaming services like Paramount+, Disney+, and Warner Bros. Discovery because of taxes?

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Kelley R. Taylor
Senior Tax Editor,

As the senior tax editor at, Kelley R. Taylor simplifies federal and state tax information, news, and developments to help empower readers. Kelley has over two decades of experience advising on and covering education, law, finance, and tax as a corporate attorney and business journalist.