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Posted Monday 4/16/18 at 5:49PM EDT
Starz acquires Seeso's programming, including Take My Wife
The content from the NBC Universal comedy platform that was shuttered last year has found a new home on Starz, including Night Train with Wyatt Cenac and Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher's critically acclaimed Take My Wife.
Posted Saturday 4/14/18 at 12:07AM EDT
How to stream Mad About You to get ready for the impending revival
The Paul Reiser-Helen Hunt 1990s NBC comedy is currently streaming on Starz's website.
Posted Friday 4/06/18 at 10:24PM EDT
Starz's take on Howards End is surprisingly good
Manchester by the Sea director Kenneth Lonergan's take on the E.M. Forster novel, starring Hayley Atwell and Matthew MacFadyen does indeed work as a limited TV series. "I was skeptical about Starz’s new four-part adaptation of Howards End, since Merchant-Ivory seemed to have already delivered the best possible film version of E.M. Forster’s 1910 classic back in 1992," says Matthew Gilbert. "It won a ton of awards, including an Oscar for Emma Thompson, and it successfully got at the humor, wisdom, and mystery that underpin Forster’s storytelling. It re-created the wonderful muddles — moral and emotional — that Forster treasured deeply as a writer. But it turns out that there are now two extraordinary adaptations of Howards End in the world, each remarkable and distinct. The Starz production, which premieres Sunday at 8 p.m., makes excellent use of the extra time that TV affords to add extra layers of detail — to the characterizations, to the relationships, to the dialogue, and to the larger social themes, which remain so relevant."
Posted Tuesday 4/03/18 at 1:44PM EDT
Gillian Anderson's American Gods Media character will be replaced by "New Media"
The Starz series is searching for a 20-something actress of Asian descent to play the role of "New Media," who symbolizes the role of social media in modern American life.
Posted Tuesday 3/27/18 at 2:09PM EDT
Outlander will be extra sensitive about depicting sexual assault In wake of the #MeToo era
The Starz historical time travel drama has always handled depictions of sexual assault responsively and sensitively. But in wake of the #MeToo movement, producers are being extra careful in depictions of sexual assault in Season 4. "We're sensitive to what's going on in this time right now, but we're also filming something that's a historical piece," says executive producer Maril Davis. "So we're trying to do that with both hats on." Speaking specifically of a Season 4 rape scene, which will be the first filmed amid the #MeToo and Time's Up movements, showrunner Ronald D. Moore tells The Hollywood Reporter: "We've always been guided by that principle. We have a history of it with the show itself (so the question becomes) how much of this material is in the show, when do we do it, when do we decide not to do it and why are we making that choice. You have to approach it on a case-by-case basis and this is obviously a big story point so it wasn't really an option not to do it. It's more a question of how you're going to do it and what it meant to that story in how you presented it."
Posted Monday 3/26/18 at 2:46PM EDT
Steven Soderbergh teams with Gregg Araki on Starz comedy Now Apocalypse
Starz has given a 10-episode order to The Girlfriend Experience executive producer's new series. Araki, who directed notable films including Mysterious Skin and The Doom Generation, will create and co-write the coming-of-age series that explores "explores identity, sexuality and artistry, while navigating the strange and oftentimes bewildering city of Los Angeles."
Posted Wednesday 3/21/18 at 11:27PM EDT
Outlander's famous sex scenes might be "less energetic" in Season 4
“They’re slightly older,” says Sam Heughan, “so maybe it’s less energetic, who knows? But they are madly in love with each other. They’re older now, and it’s the first time we actually get to see them as this couple that actually can be together and not be in some sort of dire drama."
Posted Monday 3/19/18 at 12:37PM EDT
Outlander's Ronald D. Moore: "I have no doubt we are doing a Season 5"
At a For Your Consideration Emmy panel on Sunday night, the Outlander executive producer says a Starz official announcement should happen after the “usual negotiations and conversations." He adds: "We are certainly going to do it."
Posted Friday 3/16/18 at 10:02PM EDT
How much did Alias influence Counterpart?
Viewers have noticed that J.K. Simmons' Starz drama has parallels to J.J. Abrams' ABC spy series starring Jennifer Garner. "Both series have alternate universes, liberal use of doppelgangers, and an increasingly tense and at times deadly turf war between the two worlds," as Ron Gilmore points out.
Posted Thursday 3/15/18 at 3:05PM EDT
Starz orders Catherine of Aragon limited series The Spanish Princess, a followup to The White Princess
Based on Philippa Gregory's bestselling novels, The Spanish Princess will follow predecessors The White Queen and The White Princess in delving into Tudor England. It will tell the story of Catherine of Aragon, married King Henry VIII after his brother whom she was engaged to died suddenly.
Posted Friday 3/09/18 at 2:00PM EST
Watch Stormy Daniels on Party Down
President Trump's alleged ex-mistress has had a string of roles on mainstream TV shows, playing a porn star on the Starz cult classic comedy series and on the Courtney Cox FX series Dirt.
Posted Friday 2/02/18 at 6:18PM EST
Starz has named a new American Gods showrunner after an extensive search
New executive producer Jesse Alexander has previously worked with former co-showrunner Bryan Fuller on Star Trek: Discovery and Hannibal. Alexander succeeds Fuller and Michael Green, who exited the Starz series despite having already written the first six episodes of Season 2. According to The Hollywood Reporter, author Neil Gaiman was unhappy with Fuller and Green's plans to take the show in their own direction. Under new showrunner Alexander, American Gods will scrap the six scripts and be more of a straight adaptation of Gaiman's novel.
Posted Tuesday 1/23/18 at 2:19PM EST
Starz to air a series of short #ThatsHarassment films from executive producer David Schwimmer
The former Friends star actually plays “The Boss” in one of the films about harassment, which were made before the Harvey Weinstein scandal. Bobby Cannavale, Emmy Rossum and Cynthia Nixon also star in the shorts films.
Posted Friday 1/12/18 at 6:58PM EST
Starz boss says Outlander should be back for Seasons 5 and 6
“I wouldn’t worry,” Starz CEO Chris Albrecht said when asked at TV press tour about the drama’s future. He added: “There are ten books and the show’s going amazingly. I think our biggest problem will be making sure that we don’t kill Caitriona (Balfe) and Sam (Heughan) along the way, they are working so hard, especially Caitriona, she’s amazing.”
Posted Friday 1/12/18 at 6:58PM EST
Starz boss on American Gods: “We're having some trouble getting the second season underway”
Former showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green, who left amid a reported budget dispute, have yet to be officially replaced. But Starz CEO Chris Albrecht says that they will still be "involved as much as they can be" in the next season, adding that they were neither fired nor did they quit. Albrecht suggested that author Neil Gaiman will take over showrunner duties -- which Gaiman disputes. Albrecht added that American Gods “has faced many of the challenges that terrific, complex premium shows face when trying to get successive seasons, especially when art comes before commerce."