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Posted Monday 12/17/18 at 9:24PM EST
American Gods' original showrunners planned to have Gillian Anderson play both Mister Rodgers and Princess Leia
Bryan Fuller tweeted last night that he and original co-showrunner Michael Green were fully committed the Starz series before their ouster. "We were dedicated to cast, crafted the season, wrote 5 episodes, even had Media as Mr. Rogers & Princess Leia," Fuller tweeted. "We were in the process of reducing scope due to a dramatic budget reduction when we were fired."
Posted Saturday 12/15/18 at 12:22AM EST
Outlander is the only TV show in which a man and a woman truly listen to each other
Source: The Washington Post
The Starz series offers a great and rare lesson in how to listen and communicate with each other, says Hank Stuever. "What more could we need from a TV series in 2018 than to see two adults persist against all odds by listening to one another?" says Stuever. He adds: "Outlander’s” best moments are found in those smaller, more insular moments in which Jamie and Claire see the world through one another’s perspectives. TV is full of couples who misconstrue, raise volumes, ignore key issues, assign blame, gossip to outside confidants about spousal shortcomings, disappoint in the bedroom and storm out of the house a lot. The technical term for that is conflict and most writers of relationship stories would be lost without it. Which is why, the more you watch Outlander, the more you see just how intentionally it veers from prestige TV’s frustrating parade of toxic, temperamental couplings — everything from You’re the Worst to The Affair to Camping. Jamie and Claire deal with all sorts of external melodramatic dangers, but together they might as well be gorgeous unicorns. They don’t bicker. They don’t interrupt one another. He doesn’t ramble on about battlefield heroics; she doesn’t start in with monologues about electricity and indoor plumbing. Their presence within a shared present asks the viewer: When was the last time anyone really heard what you were saying?"
Posted Thursday 12/13/18 at 2:28AM EST
Power creator Courtney Kemp pays tribute to "beloved" crew member killed in on-set accident
“I have not known how to write this post; social media is an odd, impersonal place for grief, often an odd place to commemorate a life,” Kemp wrote on Instagram of production assistant Pedro Jimenez, who was killed early Monday morning in a vehicle accident. “A few sentences cannot address the love, humor, courage and strength of a man loved by so many. Pedro Jimenez was a beloved member of our crew and here since season one.”
Posted Monday 12/10/18 at 3:21PM EST
Power crew member dies in an on-set accident, prompting the Starz series to shut down production
Parking production assistant Pedro Jimenez, 63, was fatally struck by an SUV at 4:30 a.m. this morning while setting up parking cones for a Brooklyn location shoot. “We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of the members of our Power family,” a Starz spokesperson tells Deadline. “Our thoughts are with Mr. Jimenez’ family as we work to fully understand what has happened.” Jimenez started on Power on the first day of production in 2014.
Posted Wednesday 12/05/18 at 1:45PM EST
American Gods finally gets a Season 2 premiere date
The Starz series returns March 10 -- 21 months after its Season 1 finale. The road to Season 2 has had many setbacks following several showrunner exits.
Posted Monday 12/03/18 at 5:56PM EST
Starz acquires Irish crime drama Dublin Murders
The eight-episode series, which is currently in production in Belfast and Ireland, is based on author Tana French's first two novels in her Dublin Murder Squad crime book series.
Posted Monday 11/26/18 at 3:10PM EST
Starz orders strip club drama P-Valley and opioid epidemic drama Hightown to series
P-Valley, from playwright Katori Hall, promises an unapologetic look at the lives of strip club dancers, based on her play Pussy Valley. Chicago Fire alum Monica Raymund stars in Hightown, a crime drama set amid the drug trade in Cape Cod.
Posted Monday 11/26/18 at 11:25AM EST
Outlander author responds to outrage over the casting of an actor with a domestic violence history
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Canadian actor Will Strongheart, who played a Native American character on Sunday's episode, was recently revealed to have been convicted of two counts of assault causing bodily harm in 2010, according to CBC News. Strongheart responded to CBC's report saying: "I would like to address the story and photos that have resurfaced, and most importantly, offer my sincere apologies to those affected by my actions." Following the revelation, Outlander fans took to author Diana Gabaldon's Facebook page to convey their outrage over the casting. “I have absolutely nothing to do with the casting,” wrote Gabaldon, a consultant on the series, in response. She added that “naturally I don’t think it’s good that this happened. On the other hand, I don’t think it’s reasonable to ask the production people to investigate the backgrounds of every actor they hire for a minor part.” A spokesperson for Starz declined comment on Strongheart's casting.
Posted Friday 11/09/18 at 10:34PM EST
Outlander's Claire Fraser: An appreciation
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Caitriona Balfe's character on the Starz series "gave us a compassionate look at a complex woman’s difficult choices within a constricted social milieu" before Big Little Lies, The Crown, The Handmaid's Tale and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, says Maureen Ryan. She adds: "The biggest miracle is that Outlander has been unswerving in its fealty to a noble cause: the idea that a woman’s many lives — professional, sexual, personal, political, and psychological — are all worth exploring with respect, care, and some well-modulated irreverence. Claire experiences consequences for her actions — there wouldn’t be much drama if she didn’t. But Outlander plumbs her heart, soul, and mind without punishing her for being calculating, impetuous, forthright, horny, intelligent, and witty."
Posted Friday 11/02/18 at 10:48PM EDT
Outlander Season 4 uses Scotland to portray North Carolina
Source: New York Post
“North Carolina forest and Scotland forest look very similar,” says executive producer Maril Davis, who didn't want to abandon the crew by filming in the Deep South to capture the America-set scenes of Season 4. “Our art department did such an amazing job capturing North Carolina in Scotland,” she says. The biggest challenge, she adds, was the fact that “everything in Scotland is stone, and everything in the New World is wood.” The crew also built an 18th century Colonial town set. “We’ve always been blessed — it’s so unusual to shoot in the actual location the show takes place,” says Davis. “It’s usually like, Vancouver (standing in) for Seattle. (Back in Season 1), when we found out we could shoot the show in Scotland, we were thrilled it was going to be so authentic.”
- Season 4 doesn't shy away from tackling the ugliness of slavery in the Deep South
- Despite moving the setting to America, "Outlander is still highly Outlander-y"
- Outlander had to import actors from North America to portray Native Americans
- Caitriona Balfe says of Outlander sex scenes: "This is not softcore porn"
Posted Thursday 10/25/18 at 1:26PM EDT
Power creator Courtney Kemp signs deal that would have her making potential spinoffs
The reported three-year "wide-ranging deal" with Starz's parent Lionsgate will allow Kemp to expand the Power franchise with potential spinoffs, in addition other TV possibilities. Kemp's deal comes two weeks after fellow Power producer 50 Cent signed a new four-year deal with Starz.
Posted Tuesday 10/23/18 at 2:36PM EDT
Starz is now available on Hulu in time for Outlander's Season 4 premiere
Starting today, Hulu subscribers can add live Starz and Starz Encore channels.
Posted Tuesday 10/23/18 at 2:36PM EDT
Power promotes Michael J. Ferguson, adds Cynthia Addai-Robinson
Ferguson, who has played deadly gangster 2-Bit in 18 episodes since Season 2, will become a series regular in Season 6. Shooter alum Addai-Robinson is boarding Power as a series regular, portraying "a beltway insider with some secrets of her own."
Posted Monday 10/15/18 at 9:35PM EDT
Kristin Chenoweth won't be back for American Gods Season 2, citing co-creator Bryan Fuller's departure
“I couldn’t come back without him,” said Chenoweth, who previously starred on Fuller's Pushing Daisies. “It wouldn’t be right.”
Posted Monday 10/15/18 at 9:45AM EDT
Counterpart unveils its Season 2 trailer
J.K. Simmons' Starz spy drama returns on Dec. 9.