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.

Composer Bear McCreary Talks DA VINCI’S DEMONS, THE WALKING DEAD, Composing Main Title Themes, Scoring Weekly Episodes, and Composing Challenges

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Emmy Award-winning composer Bear McCreary is one of the leading and most innovative musical composers today, with his work currently featured in Starz’s Da Vinci’s Demons and Black Sails, as well as the AMC series The Walking Dead and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  He works in the mediums of film, television and video games, always bringing something new, interesting and different to the table.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, he talked about the differences in process for all of the projects he’s working on, composing a main title theme versus the score for weekly episodes, changing his style to fit the narrative structure of the project, collaborating with the showrunner, being attracted to the challenge of a project, why he’s in it for the long haul, when it comes to the TV shows he works on, how much he can take on, at one time, and when he realized this was what he wanted to do with his life.  Check out what he had to say after the jump. 

SALEM Conjures up a Second Season at WGN America; DA VINCI’S DEMONS Returns to Starz for Season 3 with New Showrunner

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News from the world of television renewals brings word that two of TV’s period-piece series will be returning for another season.  First up is WGN America’s freshman show Salem, which was renewed for a second season earlier this week. The strong start for the relatively small network’s first foray into scripted series territory re-imagines the infamous witch trials in the 17th century Massachusetts title town.  Production on the 13-episode second season is expected to begin later this year with a 2015 release date in sight.  Be sure to check out our recent interviews with co-creator Brannon Braga, executive producer David Van Ancken, stars Seth Gabel, Iddo Goldberg and Elise Eberle, and Shane West and Janet Montgomery.

Hit the jump for more on the Starz series Da Vinci’s Demons, its season three renewal, and new showrunner.

Tom Riley Talks DA VINCI’S DEMONS, How Fun It Is to Play Leonardo Da Vinci, the Huge Challenge of the Show, and More

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The action-adventure drama series Da Vinci’s Demons is currently in its second season on Starz. With Florence, Italy thrown into chaos, Leonardo Da Vinci (Tom Riley) must push the limits of his mind and body to defend the city against the forces of Rome, while also continuing on his quest to faraway lands to find the fabled Book of Leaves.

During this exclusive interview with Collider, actor Tom Riley talked about how much fun it is to get to play Leonardo Da Vinci, what a huge challenge the show is, how viewers should expect the unexpected, how interesting it was to get to explore the dynamic between Da Vinci and his nemesis Riorio (Blake Ritson), where Da Vinci’s head is at this season, who his biggest allies are, and why Da Vinci feels such loyalty to Lorenzo Medici (Elliot Cowan).  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

David S. Goyer Talks DA VINCI’S DEMONS Season 2, MAN OF STEEL, THE BREACH, and More; Says He’d Love to Do GREEN LANTERN

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With executive producer David S. Goyer’s Da Vinci’s Demons now airing its second season on Starz Saturday nights, I recently landed an exclusive video interview with the busy filmmaker.  During the extended interview, Goyer talked about making the first season, how they’d written all eight episodes before production began, the cliffhanger, how season two will pay off some loose ends from season one and open new doors, how season two has Da Vinci exploring the Incan empire, filming on location, how this season is easier because it’s more familiar to Starz and they learned many lessons making season one, his admiration for Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead for unexpectedly killing characters, and a lot more.  In addition, he also talked about making Man of Steel, saying it’s “pretty close to my original conception and vision and hope for what it would be,” how he’ll probably direct The Breach later this year, how he’d love to tackle Green Lantern, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

David S. Goyer Talks DA VINCI’S DEMONS Season 2, Opening the Scope of the Story, Drawing from History and Fantasy & How Many Seasons He Expects to See

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The Starz original series Da Vinci’s Demons is back for Season 2, as Florence, Italy is thrown into chaos.  Leonardo da Vinci (Tom Riley) must push the limits of his mind and body to defend the city against the forces of Rome while also continuing on his quest to faraway lands to find the fabled Book of Leaves.

During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, show creator David S. Goyer talked about how he always knew he’d be opening the scope of the story so much more for Season 2, that he finds himself drawing from both history and fantasy for the story they’re telling, how challenging it is to do big crowd scenes, teaming up Leonardo da Vinci with Riario, how many seasons he sees the show going, writing to the actors’ strengths, the portrayal of women and minorities, the addition of Amerigo Vespucci as a character, and only being able to direct some second unit this season.  He also talked about the difficulty and pressure of making sure such iconic characters all get their due, in writing the Batman vs. Superman movie.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

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.

SPARTACUS: WAR OF THE DAMNED and DA VINCI’S DEMONS Giveaway

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Today, Starz’ Spartacus: War of the Damned and season one of Da Vinci’s Demons will be released on DVD and Blu-ray.  We’re giving away some Blu-rays for these TV series along with two Spartacus novels and two block games (to be more specific, the block games are like Jenga).

If you’re interested in winning some free stuff, hit the jump to find out how you can enter.

Laura Haddock and Lara Pulver Talk DA VINCI’S DEMONS, Their Research, the Elaborate Costumes, and More

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From David S. Goyer, the Starz drama series Da Vinci’s Demons tells the secret history of Leonardo da Vinci’s (Tom Riley) tantalizing life, revealing a portrait of a young man tortured by the gift of superhuman genius.  With a quest for knowledge that is sure to be his undoing and armed only with his genius, he finds himself caught in the conflict between truth and lies, and religion and reason.

During this exclusive interview with Collider, co-stars Laura Haddock (“Lucrezia Donati”) and Lara Pulver (“Clarice Orsini”) talked about how they each came to be a part of the show, what they enjoy most about their characters, how they view the multi-layered women they play, how much research they chose to do, what the elaborate costumes are like to wear, and just how sexy and daring the show is.  Check out what they had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

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.

Tom Riley Talks DA VINCI’S DEMONS, Playing an Iconic Historical Figure, Reading Eight Scripts Before Shooting Began, and More

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From David S. Goyer, the new Starz drama series Da Vinci’s Demons tells the secret history of Leonardo da Vinci’s (Tom Riley) tantalizing life, revealing a portrait of a young man tortured by the gift of superhuman genius.  With a quest for knowledge that is sure to be his undoing and armed only with his genius, he finds himself caught in the conflict between truth and lies, and religion and reason.

During this exclusive interview with Collider, British actor Tom Riley talked about how he came to be a part of this fantasy adventure series, what appealed to him about playing such an iconic historical figure, that he was able to read eight scripts before they started shooting, how much he loves the physical side of the role, that there will be both season-long and series-long arcs, that a lot of threads will be tied up by the end of the season while some are left open, and how he’s able to identify with the human side of the man.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

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.”

David S. Goyer Talks DA VINCI’S DEMONS, Upcoming Storylines, Season Long Arcs, Season 2, GOZILLA, MAN OF STEEL, and More

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Premiering tonight on Starz is David S. Goyer‘s Da Vinci’s Demons.   The show stars Tom Riley as the 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.  I’ve seen the first four episodes and they’re really well done.  I definitely recommend tuning in later tonight.  For more on the show, watch this trailer.

Recently, I sat down with Goyer for an extended interview.  We talked about  how much of the show is based on actual facts, how important it is to balance storylines that resolve themselves within a season and those that carry on throughout multiple seasons, whether he knows the answers to the bigger story arcs, the portrayal of the Catholic Church (specifically the Pope), Bear McCreary‘s music, creating the show’s sets practically and shooting on location in castles, season 2, and more.  In addition, we talked about The Count of Monte Cristo, Godzilla, his thoughts on Man of Steel after watching a screening, whether he would be willing to do more Batman movies, and more.

Extended Trailer for Showtime’s RAY DONOVAN Starring Liev Schreiber; Plus New Trailer for Starz’s DA VINCI’S DEMONS

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A couple of new trailers have been released for two new pay cable drama series.  Showtime has unveiled an extended look at its new series Ray Donovan, which stars Liev Schreiber as a “fixer” for the rich and famous in Los Angeles whose life is complicated when his powerful father—whom he may or may not have framed—is unexpectedly released from prison.  Despite the bland title, the show actually looks like a fairly interesting character drama with a pair of strong performances by Schreiber and Jon Voight.  The series premieres on Showtime on Sunday, June 30th.

Additionally, Starz has unveiled a new look at its period series Da Vinci’s Demons.  From executive producer David S. Goyer (Batman Begins), the show stars Tom Riley as 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.  The series premieres on Starz on Friday, April 12th.  Hit the jump to watch the trailers for Ray Donovan and Da Vinci’s Demons.

New Trailers for DA VINCI’S DEMONS and Season 2 of MAGIC CITY, Plus STARZ Announces the Start of Production on BLACK SAILS

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STARZ handed out a few announcements today for the following shows:

  • The premiere of Da Vinci’s Demons will be Friday, April 12, 2013 at 9pm ET/PT.  The network also released a new trailer for the series from David S. Goyer (co-writer of The Dark Knight Trilogy) starring Tom Riley (Monroe).
  • The second season of Magic City, featuring the addition of James Caan (The Godfather), can also be previewed in a new trailer.
  • The new series Black Sails, produced by Michael Bay and Platinum Dunes with Neil Marshall (Game of Thrones) set to direct the first episode, has officially begun production in Cape Town, South Africa.

Hit the jump to watch the trailers for Da Vinci’s Demons and Magic City, along with the press release for Black Sails.

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