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.

Starz Greenlights BATTLESTAR GALACTICA Producer Ronald D. Moore’s New Series OUTLANDER

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It’s been a few years since Battlestar Galactica showrunner Ronald D. Moore had a series on the air, but he’s now poised to be behind not one but two shows on television.  Moore is an executive producer on the upcoming Syfy series Helix, and now Starz has ordered to series Moore’s adaptation of the Diana Gabaldon book series Outlander.  Described as spanning the genres of romance, science-fiction, history, and adventure in one tale, Outlander follows a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously transported back in time to 1743 where she is forced to marry a romantic young Scottish warrior.

Production on the 16-episode first season will begin in Scotland this fall, with the show poised to air on Starz next year.  Moore will write the series himself and will serve as executive producer alongside Jim Kohlberg.  Gabaldon’s series currently spans seven novels with an eight to be released later this year, so Moore is definitely not at a lack for source material.  Starz is geting pretty heavy into the period series game, as it recently renewed Da Vinci’s Demons for a second season and has the pirate drama Black Sails and the miniseries The White Queen on tap.  Hit the jump to read the press release.

Starz, Rod Lurie and Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment Developing Post-Civil War Drama, MONSTERS OF GOD

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Starz is teaming up with screenwriter Rod Lurie (The Contender) and Brad Pitt‘s Plan B Entertainment for the post-Civil War drama Monsters of God.  Starz has really stepped up to the table with premium competitors HBO and Showtime in creating worthwhile original entertainment, such as Magic City and Da Vinci’s Demons as well as the one that kicked it all off: Spartacus.  It’s upcoming collaborations with The Departed‘s William Monahan as well as a series about the Vietnam War, Airborne, also sound very promising.

Monsters of God will take place in 1867 Texas during the Comanche Wars, a period of American history Lurie has spent a long time studying.  Also, as a West Point graduate and former Army artillery officer, he certainly has the background to pen such a work.  Hit the jump for more on the project and what else Starz has coming down the pike.

Official Trailer for Starz’s New Limited Series THE WHITE QUEEN

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Starz has released a full-length trailer for its new limited series The White Queen.  Based on Phillippa Gregory’s best-selling series of novels that dramatize the War of the Roses, the show is told from the perspective of three women who laid claim to the English throne in the mid 15th century: Elizabeth Woodville (The White Queen), Margaret Beaufort (The Red Queen), and Anne Neville (The Kingmaker’s Daughter).  It’s clear from this debut trailer that the show is very heavily influenced by the success of HBO’s Game of Thrones, but the prospect of telling an historical story from a female perspective is certainly promising.  Moreover, the “limited series” (ie. miniseries) nature of the show means that Starz will be telling a complete story from beginning to end in 10 episodes.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The show stars Rebecca Ferguson, Max Irons, Janet McTeer, James Frain, Amanda Hale, Faye Marsay, David Oakes, Eleanor Tomlinson, Aneurin Barnard, Ben Lamb, and Tom McKayThe White Queen will premiere on Starz on August 10th.

Starz Announces January 2014 Premiere for Pirate Drama BLACK SAILS; First Poster Released

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Starz has announced a premiere date and unveiled the first poster for the Michael Bay-produced pirate drama series Black Sails.  The show takes place 20 years before the events of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel Treasure Island and centers on Captain Flint (the deceased pirate who literally put the treasure in Treasure Island) and a young Long John Silver as they fight for the defense of notorious criminal haven New Providence Island.  The series has been slated for a January 2014 premiere, and it should make for a nice pairing with the network’s period-centric Da Vinci’s Demons, which premiered to successful ratings earlier this year and has already been renewed for a second season.

Hit the jump to check out the first poster and two teaser videos for Black Sails, and click here to watch the debut trailer.  The series stars Toby Stephens, Luke Arnold, Zach McGowan, Toby Schmitz, Hannah New, Jessica Parker Kennedy, Clara Paget, and Tom Hopper.

Starz Orders Second Season of DA VINCI’S DEMONS

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It appears that Starz is happy with the numbers and vision for executive producer David S. Goyer’s new drama series Da Vinci’s Demons.  The network announced today that it has greenlit production of a second season of the show, with filming poised to get underway in Wales next month.  The series premiere set records for the network, nabbing 2.14 million total viewers.  The show stars Tom Riley and centers on the titular artist/inventor/swordsman/idealist living in Renaissance Florence, struggling to exist within the confines of his own reality and time as he begins to not only see the future, but invent it.  Season two is expected to air on Starz in 2014.  If you missed Steve’s extended interview with Goyer about the show, including the producer’s thoughts on a second season, click here.

First Trailer for Michael Bay’s Starz Series BLACK SAILS

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Starz recently launched the new drama series Da Vinci’s Demons from executive producer David Goyer, but today the network has unveiled a first look at one of its other new shows set to debut in 2014: Black Sails.  Executive produced by Michael Bay, the drama series takes place 20 years before the events of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel Treasure Island and centers on Captain Flint (the deceased pirate who literally put the treasure in Treasure Island) and a young Long John Silver as they fight for the defense of notorious criminal haven New Providence Island.  Based on this early trailer, it’s very clear that the show is influenced by the monster success of HBO’s Game of Thrones.  Black Sails does promise to have a swell production value, but it’s too early to tell how fascinating the characters are.  Since filming is still underway in Cape Town, South Africa, this footage is likely from the pilot, which was directed by Neil Marshall (The Descent).

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The series was created by showrunner and executive producer Jon Steinberg (Jericho), and stars Toby Stevens as Flint and Luke Arnold as the young Silver.  The eight-episode first season of Black Sails will premiere on Starz sometime in 2014.

DA VINCI’S DEMONS Preview; David S. Goyer Puts A Modern Spin On An Old Master

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Something about Da Vinci’s Demons, a new 8-part Starz miniseries, felt very familiar as I was watching its first two episodes.  The handsome, fit young man, the flowing blouse (chest always exposed), the leather “tunic” that really just looks like a regular modern leather jacket, a portrait of a genius as a young, lusty rogue — yes, I’ve got it: it’s Shakespeare In LoveTom Riley, as Leonardo da Vinci, is particularly reminiscent of Joseph Fiennes in his portrayal of a young and lusty William Shakespeare, and it’s neither a wholly good or wholly bad thing.  Hit the jump for my preview of this upcoming drama (which is worth a watch) and why, as it says, “history is a lie.”

Starz To Develop Vietnam War Series AIRBORNE from Screenwriter Gideon Yago

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Starz has announced its plans to develop the original drama Airborne, a coming of age story set at the beginning of the Vietnam War.  The series comes from Gideon Yago, with Rob Tapert (Evil Dead) as its executive producer.  If Yago’s name sounds familiar, it’s probably because you watched MTV in the early 2000s, where Yago worked for the channel’s news department.  Though he may be more familiar as having appeared a few times on TRL and doing the 10 to the hour news, he also spent a lot of time near the end of his time at MTV focusing on politics and creating specials for the network about the Iraq War.

Since then, Yago has spent most of his time continuing to write about war and the Middle East for national outlets, and he worked as a writer on Aaron Sorkin’s HBO series The Newsroom for its first season, penning two episodes.  Hit the jump for more on Airborne and what Yago has to say about it.

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