Starz’s ‘Black Sails’ Debuts OK

By | Monday January 27, 2014 @ 2:12pm PST

BlackSails1_041913_3790.mediumThere was lots of high drama on the high seas for the premiere of Starz‘s new series Black Sails on Saturday night. Debuting at 9 PM ET, the Michael Bay-produced Treasure Island prequel pulled in 846,000 viewers, down from … Read More »

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TCA: ‘Black Sails’ Star Toby Stephens Not A Big Fan Of Mom Maggie Smith’s ‘Downton Abbey’

By | Friday January 10, 2014 @ 12:31pm PST

Black SailsStarz‘s new swashbuckling pirate adventure series/Treasure Island prequel from Michael Bay goes 24 full minutes without nudity, which is a record for the pay cable network, a TV critic announced during the Black Sails Q&A session at  TCA where Starz also released a new trailer for the new series. (watch below) The critic then asked Starz if being the “boobs and blood” network is something it embraces. To their credit, everyone from Starz who was in the rTCADeadline__140109155905__140109183154oom resisted the urge to hit the critic over the head with a blunt instrument. Instead, they explained that it’s “part of the possibility of pay TV” that Starz can tell stories without ad breaks, and without broadcast or even basic cable TV content restrictions. And, of course, Not Gratuitous.

Related: TCA: Starz’s Chris Albrecht On 2014 Plans, ‘White Queen’ Sequel, ‘Magic City’s Demise

Show creator/exec producer Jonathan Steinberg told the TV critics he’d never felt pressure to make this show sexier, or more violent. The show is violent, and the violence is sudden “the way violence feels in real life,” he explained. And, in re sex, he noted the pirates “almost certainly had sex in a world where none of them had job and they can kind of do what they will. I don’t think it ever gets gratuitous.”

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Starz_logoStar Toby Stephens, Maggie Smith’s son, who has done his share of drawing-room period dramas, was asked if he watched his mom on Downton Abbey and if he prefers drawing room dramas or Black Sails. “I would any day of the week prefer to do the show I’m doing now,” he said. “I appreciate Downton for what it is. I have to say I don’t regularly tune in. It’s not the kind of show that I enjoy. I appreciate what my mom does in it, and she’s great in it. It’s not what I enjoy watching. This kind of thing is like going on an exotic vacation,” he said of Black Sails. In the UK, he said, “we do a lot of  that the kind of stuff like Downton, and a lot of detective stuff. For me, that’s kind of like ‘Seen that, done it’. I don’t want to do it for the rest of my life.”

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Hot TV Trailer: Starz’s ‘Black Sails’

By | Friday October 11, 2013 @ 5:51pm PDT

Starz has dropped a new trailer for the Michael Bay-produced pirate adventure Black Sails. The high-seas drama produced a lot of buzz at Comic-Con, solidifying a decision by network brass to give it a second season renewal ahead of its January 2014 premiere. The story takes place … Read More »

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Starz Beats Q2 Earnings Expectations With Increase In Weinstein Co Titles

By | Thursday August 1, 2013 @ 5:51am PDT

The numbers look good, even though they were helped by one-time developments including an increase in the number and performance of films it distributes for The Weinstein Co. Starz reported net income of $66.0M, -5.1% vs last year’s Q2, … Read More »

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TCA: Starz Renews ‘Black Sails’ For Second Season, Picks Up ‘Dancing On The Edge’ Mini

By | Friday July 26, 2013 @ 11:50am PDT
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At the top of Starz‘s TCA presentation, the network’s topper Chris Albrecht announced a second-season renewal for the Michael Bay-produced Black Sails ahead of the pirate drama’s January debut. Albrecht said the network brass were already high on the series and had opened the writers room to start working on scripts for a second season when a strong reaction to Black Sails at Comic-Con solidified the renewal decision. “We thought that Michael Bay, (creator/showrunner) Jon Steinberg and their teams deserved all the time; these shows are massive undertakings and an early renewal gives them the opportunity to prepare for the second season the same way they prepared for the first, and it gives us the opportunity to keep the show on a 12-month cycle,” Albrecht said. Starz has a habit of giving shows a second season renewal before the premiere, it did it with Boss, Magic City and Spartacus. Additionally, Starz has picked up Stephen Poliakoff’s five-part BBC miniseries Dancing On The Edge, which will air on Starz in late fall. It is about a black jazz band in London in the early 1930s. The goal for next year is to have 50 hours of original programming, Albrechts said.

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Michael Bay’s Starz Series ‘Black Sails’ To Premiere In January

By | Tuesday May 7, 2013 @ 9:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Black Sails, Starz‘s upcoming pirate adventure series executive produced by Michael Bay, will debut next January. (It had been targeted for 2014.) NBC is yet to set a premiere date for its pirate series CrossbonesRead More »

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TV Trailer: Starz’s Pirate Series ‘Black Sails’ Produced By Michael Bay

By | Wednesday April 17, 2013 @ 6:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Here is a first-look trailer for Black Sails, Starz‘s upcoming pirate adventure series executive produced by Michael Bay, which is slated to air next year. The eight-episode drama takes place 20 years before the events in Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island and chronicles the tales of Captain Read More »

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Luke Arnold To Play Michael Hutchence In Shine’s INXS Biopic ‘Never Tear Us Apart’

By | Thursday April 4, 2013 @ 1:51am PDT

Aussie actor Luke Arnold, who’s starring in Michael Bay’s pirate adventure Black Sails, is in negotiations to play late INXS frontman Michael Hutchence in Never Tear Us Apart: The INXS Story. Shine Australia is producing … Read More »

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Starz’s ‘Black Sails’, MTV’s ‘Teen Wolf’ Add To Casts

By | Friday November 30, 2012 @ 11:30am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Veteran British actor Mark Ryan has joined Starz’s upcoming series Black Sails, the eight-episode pirate adventure executive produced by Michael Bay that is set 20 years before the events in Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. Ryan will play Gates, Captain Flint’s (Toby Stephens) right-hand man. Ryan, who has been the on-set presence of the Autobots on all three Transformers movies, is managed by Sandy Oroumieh. Read More »

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Starz’s ‘Black Sails’ Adds To Cast

By | Thursday November 15, 2012 @ 10:15am PST

Zach McGowan and Luke Arnold have joined the cast of Starz‘s original series Black Sails, the … Read More »

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Series ‘Black Sails’ & Pilot ‘Trooper’ Add To Casts

By | Wednesday November 7, 2012 @ 7:00am PST
Nellie Andreeva

English actress Hannah New is set to co-star opposite Toby Stephens in Starz’s upcoming pirate drama series Black Sails, executive produced by Michael Bay. The eight-episode series, created by Jon Steinberg and Robert Levine, is set 20 years … Read More »

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Duo Cast In ABC Family Pilot ‘The Fosters’, Jessica Parker Kennedy Boards ‘Black Sails’

By | Monday October 1, 2012 @ 7:59am PDT
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EXCLUSIVE: Australian actress Maia Mitchell and David Lambert have landed lead roles opposite Teri Polo and Sherri Saum in ABC Family‘s drama pilot The Fosters, executive produced … Read More »

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Toby Stephens Set As The Lead In Starz’s Michael Bay-Produced Series ‘Black Sails’

By | Thursday September 13, 2012 @ 12:15pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Toby Stephens Black SailsBritish actor Toby Stephens (Die Another Day) has been cast in the lead role of Captain Flint in Starz’s upcoming pirate drama series Black Sails, executive produced by Michael Bay. The eight-episode series, created by Jon Steinberg and Robert Levine, is set 20 years before the events in Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island and chronicles the adventures of fabled buccaneer Captain Flint and his men. The series is in pre-production in Cape Town, South Africa, with Starz eying it for a launch in early 2014, possibly inheriting the Spartacus slot. Read More »

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Neil Marshall To Direct Starz’s ‘Black Sails’

By | Tuesday August 28, 2012 @ 4:28pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Feature writer-director Neil Marshall (The Descent) is set to direct the pilot episode of Starz’s upcoming pirate drama series Black Sails, executive produced by Michael Bay. The eight-episode series, created by Jon Steinberg and Robert … Read More »

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