17 items from 2014
The first season of Power recently finished airing on Starz, leaving fans of the TV show ready for a second season. The series was already renewed for season two which will start airing in 2015. But now, there are rumors that those plans have been cancelled. What's going on?
Created by Courtney Kemp Agboh and produced by rapper Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, Power revolves around James "Ghost" St. Patrick (Omari Hardwick) -- the owner of Truth, a popular New York nightclub. He seems to have it all; a successful business, a beautiful wife and an amazing Manhattan penthouse. However, his club is actually a front for a lucrative drug network. Ghost decides he want to finally leave the drug world and go legitimate but that's easier said than done.
Original Starz drama “Power,” which had been picking up ratings steam in July and has been especially popular among African-Americans, surged Saturday night in its finale to hit series highs that more than doubled the audience of its premiere.
According to Nielsen, the initial 9 p.m. telecast of “Power” averaged 1.082 million viewers — up from 754,000 one week earlier — and two quickie replays brought the show’s total for the night to 1.769 million. Counting all airings over the weekend, its nearly 2.5 million viewers is the largest total audience for a Starz finale since the conclusion of “Spartacus: War of the Damned” in April 2013.
The June 7 series premiere of “Power,” whose executive producers include Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, had drawn a modest 462,000 viewers for its initial airing. But it steadily grew throughout its eight-week run.
Despite being in considerably fewer homes than most basic cable networks, the season finale of “Power” at 9 p.m. »
- Rick Kissell
Known for his roles in Kick-Ass, The A-Team, and Bet original series Being Mary Jane, Omari Hardwick’s latest character might be his best yet. As James “Ghost” St. Patrick in the Starz series, Power, Hardwick plays a nightclub owner who doubles as a big-time drug distributor in New York City (think Pablo Escobar or Frank Lucas). Living what seems like the perfect life, Ghost sees his nightclub as an escape from his dark past and a chance at a legitimate business. While many have explored the world of dark drug lords trying to make good, Hardwick believes there’s an innate charisma to his character that draws people in. “I think you’re always going to gravitate toward the bad guy even if you think that means restoring or repairing him,” Hardwick explained. VH1 spoke with the actor as he waxed poetic on his respect for executive producer 50 Cent, »
- Georgette Pierre
Power, Season 1: Episode 4 – “Who Are You?”
Written by Sascha Penn
Directed by John David Coles
Airs Saturday nights at 9 on Starz
Already halfway through its first season, Power has shown no interest in leaving its story in fifth gear. There are moments when the pace quickens to what you might expect from a thriller, but they are few and far between–and for good reason, it seems. With that style of storytelling, Power allows itself to pay more attention to its characters than its plot. The enigmatic Ghost demands attention all on his own through sheer force and confidence. Tommy, however, is a bit more tricky to structure episodes around. Yet, “Who Are You?” is a great example of how that character works within Power and how Joseph Sikora brings him to life so well and believably.
Tommy’s date with Holly is actually kind of cute in a »
- Sean Colletti
Starz has already given the green light to a 10-episode second season of the new drama Power.
The New York-set drama just premiered last week, starring Omari Hardwick as a nightclub owner by day and the kingpin of the most lucrative drug network in New York by night. Power comes from creator, showrunner, and executive producer Courtney Kemp Agboh (The Good Wife) and fellow executive producers Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Mark Canton, David Knoller, and Randall Emmett, who will all return for the sophomore season.
- Jake Perlman
Power, Season 1: Episode 1 – “Not Exactly How We Planned”
Written by Courtney Kemp Agboh
Directed by Anthony Hemingway
Airs Saturday nights at 9 on Starz
Not too long ago, Starz had an interesting and unsuccessful crime drama in Magic City. The series was smart and paced methodically slow, the latter of which probably sealed its fate for the cancellation list. Power is somewhat of a similar beast in terms of the kind of story it’s telling, but its pace and tone are much more attuned to the Starz identity. So, even though this isn’t Da Vinci’s Demons or Black Sails with massive action set pieces, there’s a thrilling sense of excitement underpinning a lot of the pilot. Power follows James “Ghost” St. Patrick (Omari Hardwick), a New York drug dealer who has risen from nothing to become a respected and feared businessman with intention aimed at becoming a modern day cartel leader. »
- Sean Colletti
The U.K. won’t be deprived of “Power” — Starz Digital Media, Starz’s global digital and on-demand licensing and content syndication division, has announced that viewers across the pond will be able to purchase the drama online each Monday after new episodes debut in the U.S. on Saturday.
From June 9, the first full episode of the drama is available via electronic sell-through (Est) from Amazon Instant Video, blinkbox, Google Play, iTunes, Sony Entertainment Network, and Xbox Video. Discounted full season purchases are also available. The drama has yet to make a deal for a traditional TV network or subscription video on demand platform in the U.K.
“Enthusiasm from our digital partners in the United Kingdom for the latest Starz Original series, ‘Power,’ led us to give U.K. fans a unique opportunity to purchase episodes the next business day after their respective worldwide premieres,” said Mara Winokur, »
- Variety Staff
Within seconds of the Power’s opening credits, the viewer knows exactly what the series is about. Like 50 Cent’s hit album, it’s largely about how to Get Rich or Die Tryin,’ with gratuitous shots of expensive watches, expansive penthouse apartments, and pricey red-bottomed Louboutin shoes. Well, specifically, Power is about James “Ghost” St. Patrick (Mary Jane alum Omari Hardwick), a big-time New York City drug dealer who opens a hot, high-end nightclub as a front to hide his dirty drug money. Quickly, we learn the night club is a bigger metaphor for what’s really going on in »
- Nina Terrero
Power, Starz’s latest foray into original programming, seems to swipe its title from the Kanye West song off My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy – the slick style and decadence of that hypnotic track almost audibly echoes throughout the series premiere. But another famed rapper is actually responsible for the show – Curtis Jackson, aka 50 Cent, serves as an executive-producer, his song “Big Rich Town” plays over the opening credits, and aspects of the show were inspired by his rise to prominence.
Given 50 Cent’s involvement, perhaps it shouldn’t be too surprising that Power feels reminiscient of another Cent project, Get Rich or Die Tryin’. Both feature the same sort of quietly intelligent, morally compromised protagonist and a brooding, heated tone. The difference between the two is that, while Get Rich offered a redemption arc for its troubled lead, Power seems primed to send its protagonist into much darker territory. Maybe »
- Isaac Feldberg
A pay-cable crime soap with a hip-hop beat, “Power” counts Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson among its executive producers, and draws liberally from a rich history of mob yarns. By that measure, this Starz series musters occasional moments — mostly courtesy of its charismatic star, Omari Hardwick — but has a second-tier feel to it, with the familiar theme of the drug dealer who yearns to go legit, despite all the forces standing between him and dreams of dying from old age. Violent, sexy and slick, the show mostly feels like it’s sampling riffs from movies and TV of yore.
Of course, Starz chief Chris Albrecht had to know the territory that the show seeks to navigate represents something of a minefield, having been at HBO during those halcyon “Sopranos” years. And while “Power” (a rather nondescript title) sets itself apart through casting and venue, the cops-and-robbers machinations, double-crosses and family concerns all »
- Brian Lowry
Manhattan’s Highline Ballroom was re-adorned Monday night as Truth, the pivotal club of Starz’s new primetime drama “Power.” Deep into his entourage, executive producer and co-star Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson grinned from the balcony as he fielded salutes from hip-hop legends Grandmaster Flash and Doug E. Fresh, performing onstage at the Time Warner Cable-hosted afterparty.
Beneath a swath of pink-and-yellow mood lighting, showrunner Courtney Kemp Agboh ordered a light chardonnay at the bar. “In the beginning, ‘Power’ was actually two different projects — one being proposed by 50 and Mark Canton, that was more music-driven, and then mine — inspired around the time my father died. He was born with nothing, and became a big businessman.”
Starring Omari Hardwick — who, 50 insisted to a packed house at the premiere screening, “was always the guy” for the role — as James “Ghost” St. Patrick, a drug dealer turned nightclub entrepreneur, the show interrogates the »
- Steve Macfarlane
From Executive Producers Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson and Courtney Kemp Agboh ("The Good Wife"), the new drama centers around Omari's Ghost, a drug kingpin who is hoping to become a legitimate businessman with his brand new club Truth. The problem is, his life is filled with lies.
Although packed with attractive clientele, Truth was set up to function as a vehicle for Ghost and his childhood friend and business partner, Tommy Egan (Joseph Sikora), to launder their ...
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“30 Rock” star Scott Adsit is joining the third season of Adult Swim's “The Heart, She Holler,” according to one of the funnier press releases we've received in a while. The live-action comedy stars Patton Oswalt (“Young Adult”), Heather Lawless (“Goodbye to All That”) and Amy Sedaris (“Strangers With Candy”). Adsit is replacing Joe Sikora as “Sheriff.” Also read: Adult Swim's New Slate Features Mike Tyson, Jack McBrayer, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog (Video) Here's the full release, because it made us laugh, starting with the second paragraph: Production is underway once again in New York City for season three of The Heart, »
- Tim Molloy
For some, great power comes with great responsibility. For James “Ghost” St. Patrick, power only brings problems.
Ghost is the focus of Power, a new drama executive produced by Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson. An official trailer was released in March — and now EW has an exclusive, extended look at the series. Omari Hardwick (The A-Team) stars as Ghost, a wealthy NYC nightclub owner living a double life as one of the most lucrative drug dealers in the city. As the show begins, he’s trying to leave his life of crime behind to improve his business and the lives of his family. »
- Jake Perlman
The fifth episode, "The Secret Fate Of All Life", of HBO's eight-part cop drama "True Detective" aired this past Sunday and I've just now caught up with the first five hours of what is an excellent mini-series. Set in 2012, the series begins as one-time partners in Louisiana's Criminal Investigation Division, Martin Hart (Woody Harrelson) and Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughy), recount a high-profile and macabre murder investigation from 17 years ago. As they tell their story, the scene shifts back in time to 1995. The reason for the questioning comes about as a new case resembles the 17-year-old murder, a case thought to be solved, opening new possibilities and an endless amount of questions, none more pressing than to wonder "Who can you really believec" Written by novelist Nic Pizzolatto and directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga (Sin Nombre, Jane Eyre), the series is utterly compelling, largely as a result of the wealth of »
- Brad Brevet
New Banshee season 2,episode 7 intense spoilers & promo clip hit the net. Last night,Cinemax released the new spoilers and sneak peek/spoiler clip (below) for their upcoming "Banshee" episode 7 of season 2. The episode is entitled, "Ways To Bury A Man," and it appears to be extremely intense and interesting as just about everyone wants to get at Proctor, more violent, explosive scenes take place, and more. In the new "Ways To Bury A Man" episode, In an effort to bring down Proctor, an enraged Lucas is going to end up, searching for trees to shake. After rattling the regulars and strippers at the Savoy, Lucas and his deputies will rough up Sharp (Joseph Sikora), who is a junkyard skinhead, for info on Proctor’s ecstasy operation. A family crisis will bring Carrie, Deva ,and Gordon together. Alex is going to end up, facing a vote of no-confidence at the tribal council. »
New Banshee season 2,episode 7 official spoilers,plotline revealed by Cinemax. Recently, Cinemax released the new,official,synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Banshee" episode 7 of season 2. The episode is entitled, "Ways To Bury A Man," and it sounds like things will get quite interesting and intense as Lucas and his peeps will engage in some roughing up action, and more. In the new,7th episode press release: In an effort to bring down Proctor, an enraged Lucas is going to look for trees to shake. After rattling the regulars and strippers at the Savoy, Lucas and his deputies will rough up Sharp (Joseph Sikora), who is a junkyard skinhead, for info on Proctor’s ecstasy operation. A family crisis will bring Carrie, Deva ,and Gordon together. Alex (Anthony Ruivivar) is going to face a vote of no-confidence at the tribal council. Job (Hoon Lee) will show off his explosive side. The »
17 items from 2014
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