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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."
Posted Friday 1/12/18 at 2:44PM EST
Starz developing a John Wick TV series with Keanu Reeves on board as a producer
Titled The Continental, the potential TV series will be set in the John Wick universe, focusing on the inner-workings of the exclusive Continental Hotel, a refuge for assassins. The John Wick film’s creative team is on board as producers, including franchise screenwriter Derek Kolstad, along with star Keanu Reeves. "This series is truly unlike anything else on TV,” says Starz CEO Chris Albrecht. “The Continental promises to include the thunderous fight sequences and intensely staged shootouts between professional assassins and their targets that fans have come to expect in the John Wick movie franchise as well as introducing some new, darkly compelling characters who inhabit this underground world.” ALSO: Starz sets premiere dates for Howard’s End, Vida and Sweetbitter. UPDATE: Albrecht says "you can expect to see" Keanu Reeves "at some point in the series."
Posted Monday 1/08/18 at 7:47AM EST
Outlander’s Caitriona Balfe is engaged
The actress showed off her engagement ring from boyfriend of two years Tony McGill on the Golden Globes red carpet.
Posted Friday 12/15/17 at 1:14PM EST
Apple is making a space drama with Battlestar Galactica’s Ronald D. Moore
Apple has given a straight-to-series order on an untitled series that “explores what would have happened if the global space race had never ended.” Moore, who successfully created the Battlestar Galactica reboot of the 2000s, will go back to his space roots after working on Starz’s Outlander. Moore’s space drama experience also includes Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Voyager. This is the third scripted series Apple has ordered, following the Jennifer Aniston-Reese Witherspoon morning show series and the Amazing Stories reboot.
Posted Wednesday 12/13/17 at 6:49PM EST
Starz extends its deal with 50 Cent
Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, who executive produces Power for the premium cable network, will continue to do exclusive business with Starz through September 2019.
Posted Monday 12/11/17 at 9:04AM EST
Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan talk about filming their Outlander season finale underwater scenes
“We had this really cool water tank at the back of the Cape Town Studios in South Africa,” says Balfe. “Sam and I had done some underwater scuba training so we could stay underwater, and they would just come and feed us oxygen every 30, 40 seconds.”
Posted Thursday 12/07/17 at 1:12PM EST
Watch Hayley Atwell in the trailer for Starz's Howards End miniseries
The Agent Carter alum stars in the four-episode adapatation of E.M. Forster’s 1910 novel, premiering in April.
Posted Monday 12/04/17 at 9:35PM EST
Kristin Chenoweth isn’t sure she’ll return to American Gods following showrunner change
Chenoweth says she was “devastated” to learn about Michael Green and Bryan Fuller's exit. “When Bryan was the showrunner, I was coming back for several episodes, but I don’t know now,” says Chenoweth. “It depends on who it is and if they think I add value or not.”
Posted Thursday 11/30/17 at 1:38PM EST
Outlander’s season finale will help launch JK Simmons’ Counterpart
Simmons’ spy show will be previewed on Starz on Dec. 10, following Outlander's Season 3 finale. Counterpart was originally scheduled to premiere on Jan. 21.
Posted Wednesday 11/29/17 at 9:21PM EST
American Gods showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green exit
Fuller and Green, who created the adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novel for Starz, may have departed the Starz series over the show’s budget. According to Deadline, “there had been talk that the budget for first season of the ambitious production had ballooned to Game of Thrones levels. We hear series producer FremantleMedia North America, under new scripted chief Dante di Loreto, tried to impose big budget cuts for the 10-episode second season, which led to the showrunner change.”
Posted Monday 11/27/17 at 4:53PM EST
Outlander may get an early Season 5 renewal
“In order to keep this show year by year and not have a Droughtlander, we had better start hustling on season 5 right now,” Sony TV’s Chris Parnell — who’s not SNL alum Chris Parnell — tells EW Radio. “I can tell you there are early talks on us doing that, to absolutely not have an extended Droughtlander like we’ve had before. That’s the goal.”
Posted Thursday 11/16/17 at 12:56AM EST
Starz is working on a Latino family drama from Suicide Squad's writer-director and Jerry Bruckheimer
David Ayer is writing the potential series, Family Circus, about “a young privileged Latina who must reinvent herself in order to save her family when the feds close in on their business with the Mexican mob.”