BLACK SAILS Season 2 Trailer Released; Starz Orders Third Season of the Pirate Drama

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Black Sails fans have something to celebrate.  Today Starz unveiled the first Black Sails Season 2 trailer and also announced that it has picked up the series for a third season.  Acting as a prequel of sorts to the Robert Louis Stevenson classic Treasure Island, the show revolves around the most feared pirate of the day, Captain Flint (Toby Stephens).  Michael Bay acts as an executive producer on the series, but the day-to-day operations are overseen by showrunners/creators Jonathan Steinberg and Robert Levine.  The series appears to be an international hit for the pay cable network, as it is airs in 130 countries and territories worldwide.

Check out the first Black Sails Season 2 trailer after the jump.  The 10-episode new season premieres on Starz January 24, 2015 at 9pm ET/PT.  Season 3 will likely debut roughly a year later.

Enter Our SPARTACUS Giveaway and Win a Special Edition of the Complete Series on Blu-ray

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If you’re a fan of the Starz series Spartacus you’re in some serious luck today because we’re giving away a limited edition boxed set of the entire series. Spartacus: Complete Series Limited Edition Blu-ray hits stores today on Blu-ray + Digital HD with Ultraviolet and DVD.  This 13 disc set contains all 39 episodes of the Spartacus seasons Blood & Sand, Gods of the Arena, Vengeance, and War of the Damned.

The contest opens today and runs through the end of the month.  Hit the jump to see how you can win Spartacus: The Complete Series on Blu-ray below.  You’ll be eligible for the limited edition figurine set, which has a retail value of $199.99. 

Chris Moore Talks THE CHAIR, Choosing Shane Dawson and Anna Martemucci for the Competition, GOOD WILL HUNTING, SURVIVOR’S REMORSE and More

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Created by Chris Moore (Good Will Hunting, American Pie), the executive producer of Project Greenlight, the Starz original series The Chair is a filmmaking experience the follows two first-time directors who are given the opportunity to direct separate films adapted from the same screenplay.  From very different backgrounds, Shane Dawson is one of the biggest comedians on YouTube, with over 10 million subscribers, while Anna Martemucci co-wrote, produced and starred in the feature film Breakup at a Wedding.  But through this process, they both have the common goal of making a full-length feature that is uniquely them and something that that can be proud of, and then it’s up to the viewers to ultimately determine which director will be awarded $250,000.

During this exclusive interview with Collider, producer Chris Moore talked about what he was hoping to get from this experiment, how it’s turned out different from what he expected, why audiences have lost their appreciation for professional storytelling versus amateur storytelling, how they considered five different filmmakers before narrowing it down to the two currently in the competition, the challenges of low-budget filmmaking, whether he had to step in with either of the filmmakers, why final cut is such a big deal, what type of professional filmmakers he’d like to see go head-to-head in future seasons, his other Starz TV series Survivor’s Remorse, and the movie he’s currently trying to put together with Matt Damon.  He also talked about the time he spent working with Mel Gibson and Michael Mann, before finally deciding on Gus Van Sant to direct Good Will Hunting, and what their version of that film would have looked like.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Starz Greenlights OUTLANDER Season 2; Will Adapt the Second Book in Diana Gabaldon’s Historical Fiction Series

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Not even a week after the premiere episode of Starz’s Outlander debuted, the network has already given the greenlight for Outlander Season 2.  The show is based on the bestselling series of Diana Gabaldon novels and tells the story of Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously transported back in time to 1743.  The books (there are eight in total) traverse the genres of romance, science fiction, history, and adventure, making them ripe for the visual medium of TV.  Battlestar Galactica showrunner Ronald D. Moore is at the helm of the Outlander TV show, spearheading what looks to be a rather successful adaptation (read Allison’s review here).

Starz has ordered “at least 13 episodes” of Outlander Season 2, which will be based on the second book in Gabaldon’s series, Dragonfly in Amber.  This first season consists of 16 episodes, so one imagines that could be in the cards for the second season as well.  Whereas HBO is focused on a variety of heavy drama series, with Spartacus, Da Vinci’s Demons, and now Outlander, it appears that Starz has carved out a nice little genre-oriented niche for itself in the world of premium cable. Read the full press release after the jump.

Starz CEO Chris Albrecht Talks Picking Up AMERICAN GODS, Trying to Do a FIFTY SHADES OF GREY Series, Splitting OUTLANDER Season 1 in Half, and More

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While at the Starz portion of the TCA Press Tour, Starz CEO Chris Albrecht took some time to talk about new and returning programming.  During the interview, he spoke about the new showrunner for Season 3 of Da Vinci’s Demons, that he’s optimistic about a third season of Black Sails, what viewers can expect from the BBC co-production The Missing, airing in the fall, how the first season of Outlander will be split into two parts, with the first half premiering on August 9th and the second half in early 2015, that if audiences get behind the show, they’ll continue the journey, why he decided to go ahead with American Gods as a series, after HBO decided not to move forward, and how he offered Universal three years, if they’d do Fifty Shades of Grey as a TV series, but they declined. Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Starz Developing AMERICAN GODS TV Show; Bryan Fuller and Michael Green to Act as Showrunners

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Though Neil Gaiman fans were surely disappointed to hear that HBO recently let its option on the novel American Gods lapse, there is now reason to rejoice.  Starz announced today that it will develop its own American Gods TV show, with Hannibal and Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller acting as showrunner alongside Heroes alum Michael Green.  The two will pen the pilot script for the adaptation, which revolves around a brewing war between the traditional gods of biblical and mythological roots and the new gods reflecting society’s obsession with money, technology, media, celebrity, and drugs.  The crux of the story follows Shadow Moon, an ex-con who teams up with a conman traveling partner to gather forces in preparation for battle.

It’s certainly an ambitious undertaking (HBO’s plans involved a $35-40 million budget per season), but Fuller has shown his knack for creative genius time and time again, so I’m definitely looking forward to seeing how this comes together.  Hit the jump to read the full press release.

Starz Orders Anthology Adaptation of Steven Soderbergh’s THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE

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Though Steven Soderbergh appears to be steadfast in his self-imposed retirement from filmmaking, he’s remaining quite active in the television realm.  He directed all 10 episodes of the upcoming Cinemax drama The Knick, and now he’s poised to be involved in a TV adaptation of one of his own films.  Starz announced today that it has greenlit an anthology adaptation of Soderbergh’s 2009 indie The Girlfriend Experience, with filmmakers Lodge Kerrigan (Keane) and Amy Seimetz (Sun Don’t Shine) writing and directing the series.  The show will consist of 13 half-hour episodes and “explores the relationships of the most exclusive courtesans who provide their clients with far more than just sex.”

Soderbergh will serve as an executive producer on the series, and he came up with the idea for the execution of the show himself, “I thought: ‘let’s make it a different woman in a different city, let’s pair two independent writer/directors, one male and one female, and let them do the whole thing.’”  Long live Soderbergh.  Read the full press release after the jump.

A&E Orders Carlton Cuse’s THE RETURNED Remake to Series; Starz Orders Two Seasons of Jonathan Ames/Patrick Stewart Comedy BLUNT TALK

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A pair of interesting new cable shows have been ordered to series.  Firstly, A&E has given a straight-to-series 10-episode order for an American remake of the buzzy French series The ReturnedDeadline reports that Carlton Cuse (Lost) wrote the first episode and will write and produce the series alongside Raelle Tucker (True Blood).  The original show debuted in 2012 in France and has since become a crossover hit, earning strong ratings and high buzz (particularly from our TV expert Allison Keene).  The story revolves around the reappearance of a number of dead people in a sleepy town, and you can watch the original for yourself right now on Netflix.

This continues Cuse’s relationship with A&E, as his Bates Motel was recently picked up for a third season.  Cuse acts as showrunner on the Psycho prequel series as well as FX’s upcoming The Strain, and it’s unknown if he’ll also run The Returned or if he’ll hand off day-to-day duties while maintaining his role as an executive producer.  Hit the jump for news on Bored to Death creator Jonathan Ames’ new Starz series.

Zach McGowan Talks BLACK SAILS, His Attraction to the Series, What He Enjoys Most about Playing Captain Vane, Doing His Own Stunts, and More

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The Starz drama series Black Sails is set in 1715, when the Golden Age of Piracy in the Caribbean is at its height and the former British colony of New Providence Island is now lawless territory controlled by the most notorious pirate captains in history.  As the British Navy returns to these waters and the threat of extinction looms, Captain Flint (Toby Stephens) finds an ally in Eleanor Guthrie (Hannah New), the daughter of the local smuggling kingpin who is looking to make a name for herself, and together they devise a plan to hunt the ultimate treasure and save their home.  From Platinum Dunes, the show also stars Luke Arnold, Zach McGowan, Jessica Parker Kennedy, Tom Hopper, Toby Schmitz, Clara Paget, Mark Ryan and Hakeem Kae-Kazim.

During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, actor Zach McGowan (who plays Captain Vane, a financially successful pirate with a vicious temper) talked about how he came to be a part of Black Sails, what attracted him to this project, how easy it was for him to find this character, how much he enjoys getting to do all of the fights and stunts himself, and what he enjoys most about playing Captain Vane.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Watch the Pilot for BLACK SAILS Online for Free

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No need to pirate the series premiere of the Michael Bay-produced Starz series, Black Sails, as the network is offering it up free for the watching.  Sure, it may be edited a bit for mature content, but the free offering gives a great first look to the new pirate series.  If it wets your whistle, you still have a few days to subscribe to Starz before the show premieres this Saturday.

Starring Toby Stephens, Hannah New, Luke Arnold, Jessica Parker Kennedy, Tom Hopper, Zach McGowan, Toby Schmitz, Clara Paget, Mark Ryan, and Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Black Sails premieres on Starz January 25th at 9pm ET/PT.  Hit the jump to watch the pilot.

Starz Reveals Premiere Date, New Images and Season Two Trailer for DA VINCI’S DEMONS, Plus a New Trailer for BLACK SAILS

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Starz has hit the ground running with two of its new flagship series, releasing new trailers for both the sophomore season of Da Vinci’s Demons and the series debut of Black Sails.  The former finds the title character, played by Tom Riley, using his near-superhuman skills to defend Florence against the forces of Rome.  The latter, produced by Michael Bay, takes place 20 years before the events of Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Treasure Island” and centers on Captain Flint and a young Long John Silver as they fight to defend the notorious criminal haven of New Providence Island.

Season one of Black Sails premieres January 25th at 9pm ET/PT.  The second season of Da Vinci’s Demons will debut Saturday, March 22nd at 9pm ET/PT.  Hit the jump for the new trailers, images and more details on the upcoming Starz series.

DANCING ON THE EDGE Review: Starz’s Jazz Drama Is Pleasantly Lulling

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Starz, like PBS and BBC America, has had some success in second-runs from or co-productions with the British.  But are we getting a delicious second brewing, or leftovers?  Dancing on the Edge (which originally aired last winter on BBC2) is, in many ways, both the perfect British export, and the perfect mix of English and American-ness.  It feels a great deal like an Agatha Christie novel — wealth! garden parties! intrigue! murder! — but also incorporates the very American element of jazz.

The miniseries covers the rise and quick unravelling of the fictional Louis Lester Band from 1932 to 1933.  They’re a hidden gem of a group, lead by their highly educated and charming band leader Louie (Chiwetel Ejiofer), and a pair of alluring chanteuses, Jessie (Angel Coulby) and Clara (Wunmi Musaku).  Their introduction and integration into London society is helped along by an ambitious and cocky music writer, Stanley (Matthew Goode), who arguably also helps usher their downfall.  Hit the jump for more.

THE WHITE QUEEN Review: Max Irons and Rebecca Ferguson Watch the Throne

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Viewers will not have to wait until spring to get another dose of the middle ages.  The White Queen, a BBC limited series picked up by Starz, chronicles the Wars of the Roses, which incidentally was an inspiration for George R. R. Martin when writing Game of Thrones.  The White Queen is based on the book series The Cousins’ War, by author Philippa Gregory (The Other Boleyn Girl).  It begins in 1464 just as Edward IV (Max Irons) rose to power as King of England after taking the throne from his cousin, Henry VI, and follows the course of York and Lancaster backstabbing that eventually leads to Richard III’s rule.  Hit the jump for more on the series.

Starz Cancels MAGIC CITY After Two Seasons

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This coming Friday’s season two finale of the drama series Magic City will also act as the show’s series finale.  Starz announced today (via THR) that it has opted not to move forward with a third season of the Jeffrey Dean Morgan-fronted show, which takes place in 1959 Miami and centers on the owner of a glamorous hotel.  The series suffered from low ratings and mixed critical reception throughout its run, so Starz’s decision isn’t necessarily surprising.  Spartacus still remains the only Starz original series to last longer than two seasons, but the network has plenty of new offerings in the coming months.  The Michael Bay­-produced pirate drama Black Sails begins in January and Battlestar Galactica showrunner Ronald D. Moore’s adaptation of the Diana Gabaldon series Outlander just received a series order.  Moreover, David S. Goyer‘s period series Da Vinci’s Demons was renewed for a second season.

AMC Orders 1980s Computing Boom Show HALT & CATCH FIRE and Revolutionary War-set TURN to Series; Starz Renews BLACK SAILS for Season 2

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Some developments regarding upcoming pay-cable series have been announced.  First up, AMC has given series orders to a pair of pilots: Halt & Catch Fire and Turn.  The former takes place during the 1980s computing boom and “is told through the eyes of a visionary and an engineer prodigy whose innovations directly confront the corporate behemoths of the time.”  Halt & Catch Fire is set in Texas’ Silicon Prairie and appears to be loosely based on the rise of Apple and Microsoft.  The impressive cast is led by Lee Pace, Scoot McNairy, and Kerry Bishe, with Jonathan Lisco acting as showrunner.  The series was created by Chris Cantwell and Chris Rogers, with Breaking Bad’s Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein acting as executive producers.

Hit the jump for more on AMC’s new Revolutionary War show Turn and Starz’s very early renewal of Michael Bay’s pirate series Black Sails.

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