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Starz has proved itself to be a champion of period dramas during its push into original programming. From Camelot to Magic City, Spartacus to Da Vinci’s Demons, Starz has never shied away from delving deep into the histories of our world to find gripping stories to tell. The latest series to travel back in time and explore a different era is Black Sails, from executive producer Michael Bay. We’re still more than half a year away from the series’ premiere, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start getting excited now. To start things off, Starz has put up a few teases for us in the form of some key art and a couple of videos.
The key art for Black Sails, which THR reports is premiering in January 2014, evokes the classic imagery of the skull and crossbones, the universal symbol for pirates, only this image uses »
- Brody Gibson
Starz and executive producer Michael Bay are prepared to hit the high seas with the upcoming pirate drama “Black Sails," and some new promotional material let you know that they mean mean business, without actually showing anything from the show. "Sails" takes place twenty years before the oft-filmed events in Robert Louis Stevenson’s "Treasure Island," and follows feared pirate Captain Flint (Toby Stephens) and his men as they go through their daily pirate duties. Flint takes on a young crewman named John Silver (Luke Arnold), and they fight to protect the criminal haven known as New Providence Island from other pirates and government-type people. Judging by the »
- Dave Lewis
TNT is hoping you'll come aboard "The Last Ship."
The network announced Tuesday (May 7) that it has greenlit a 10-episodes season of the Michael Bay-produced drama, based on William Brinkley's popular novel. McSteamy himself, "Grey's Anatomy"s Eric Dane, stars as Captain Tom Chandler.
The series, set to launch in 2014, tells the story of the U.S.S. Nathan James, a Navy destroyer that, because of its positioning, avoided falling victim to a devastating tragedy that has decimated the world's population. The crew and its captain must confront the reality of their new existence in a world where they may be among the few remaining survivors.
Dane's character is a career Navy man, described as "authoritative and decisive, but also fair and courageous," who is respected and loved by those under his command. The series also stars Rhona Mitra ("Strike Back") as Rachel Scott, a paleomicrobiologist assigned to »
The actor is teaming with Showtime to develop a project based on the Matthew Specktor novel American Dream Machine, per The Hollywood Reporter.
Set in both the 1970s and present-day Hollywood, the story centers on a talent agent and his troubled sons.
Hall will act as executive producer and may join the cast in a supporting role should Showtime greenlight the pilot. Dexter showrunner Scott Buck, meanwhile, will supervise the script, which Specktor will pen.
- Megan Masters
FX has announced that its sitcom "Wilfred" will return at 10pm on June 20th.
The network has also scheduled back-to-back episodes of the half-hour comedy in its first two weeks on the air. [Source: Zap2It]
American Dream Machine
Showtime is developing a series based on »
- Garth Franklin
Starz has announced a premiere date and unveiled the first poster for the Michael Bay-produced pirate drama series Black Sails. The show takes place 20 years before the events of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel Treasure Island and centers on Captain Flint (the deceased pirate who literally put the treasure in Treasure Island) and a young Long John Silver as they fight for the defense of notorious criminal haven New Providence Island. The series has been slated for a January 2014 premiere, and it should make for a nice pairing with the network’s period-centric Da Vinci’s Demons, which premiered to successful ratings earlier this year and has already been renewed for a second season. Hit the jump to check out the first poster and two teaser videos for Black Sails, and click here to watch the debut trailer. The series stars Toby Stephens, Luke Arnold, Zach McGowan, Toby Schmitz, »
- Adam Chitwood
Check out a brand spanking new poster (above) and two new teaser promo spots for the Starz Channel’s upcoming, Michael Bay-produced pirate drama “Black Sails”. The poster is really the thing to take away here. The teaser spots are just that — teasers with no footage, just logos and whatnot. Not really interesting, to be perfectly honest with you. Since this is Starz, you can expect more than just “Pirates of the Caribbean” hanky panky. There is probably quite a bit of blood and violence and sex in this here tail of booties. In case you haven’t been keeping up with it, here’s what “Black Sails” is all about: The pirate adventure centers on the tales of Captain Flint (Toby Stephens) and his men and takes place twenty years prior to Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic “Treasure Island.” Flint, the most brilliant and most feared pirate captain of his day, »
TV tweak of the day: Starz's 'Black Sails' Sneak PeekCheck out the preview of the Starz original series "Black Sails" from executive producer Michael Bay, starring Toby Stephens, Luke Arnold, Tom Hopper and Jessica Parker Kennedy. .Black Sails. will debut with an eight-episode season in January 2014, exclusively on Starz. From Starz Starz today revealed the official key art and two teaser videos for the highly anticipated Michael Bay executive produced high-seas drama .Black Sails,. which will premiere in January 2014. The pirate adventure centers on the tales of Captain Flint (Toby Stephens) and his men and takes place twenty years prior to Robert Louis Stevenson.s classic .Treasure Island.. Flint, the most brilliant and most feared »
- April Neale
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 Crossbones starring John Malkovich. Starz also has released key art and two more teasers (watch one below) for the eight-episode drama, which takes place 20 years before the events in Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island and chronicles the tales of Captain Flint (Toby Stephens) and his men, including young John Silver (Luke Arnold). The first Black Sails trailer was released last month. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Starz will set sail with Michael Bay in January. The premium cable network on Tuesday released the chilling key art for pirate drama Black Sails, a prequel of sorts to Treasure Island, with the freshman series will bowing in January. Black Sails revolves around Captain Flint (Toby Stephens) and his men and is set 20 years before Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island. The series will feature Flint, the most feared pirate of his day, as he expands his ranks and adds John Silver (Luke Arnold) to his crew. Story: 'Die Another Day's' Toby Stephens to Headline Starz Drama 'Black Sails'
- Lesley Goldberg
Starz unveiled today that the series executive produced by Bay, will be seen in January next year, although we don't know an exact date as yet. We've included 3 teaser videos as well as the well-designed new poster for the show which is also executive-produced by Bay's Platinum Dunes partners Andrew Form and Brad Fuller. Showrunner Jon Steinberg created the seriers alongside Robert Levine, who acts as co-executive producer. The pirate adventure centers on the tales of Captain Flint (Toby Stephens) and his men and takes place twenty years prior to Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic “Treasure Island.” Flint, the most brilliant and most feared pirate captain of his day, takes on a fast-talking young addition to his crew who goes by the name John Silver (Luke Arnold). Threatened with extinction on all sides, they fight for the survival of New Providence Island, the most notorious criminal haven of its day »
Starz today revealed the official poster and two teaser videos for the Michael Bay executive produced high-seas drama "Black Sails," which will premiere in January 2014. The pirate adventure centers on the tales of Captain Flint (Toby Stephens) and his men and takes place twenty years prior to Robert Louis Stevenson's classic "Treasure Island." Flint, the most brilliant and most feared pirate captain of his day, takes on a fast-talking young addition to his crew who goes by the name John Silver (Luke Arnold). Threatened with extinction on all sides, they fight for the survival of New Providence Island, the most notorious criminal haven of its day - a debauched paradise teeming with pirates, prostitutes, thieves and fortune seekers, a place defined by both its »
How do you get your anklebiters interested in poetry? Little and often is the approach of this charming new series of five-minute shows, where each episode focuses on a single piece of verse, beginning with Robert Louis Stevenson's The Land Of Counterpane. Each reading is translated into British sign language, and there's music and animation to help bring the pieces alive. Also this week, readings of Gareth Lancaster's Chocolate Cake and I'm Building A Rocket, Kenn Nesbitt's My Dog Ate My Homework and James Carter's Home Maker. Jonathan Wright
Britain's Millionaire Criminals: Channel 4 Dispatches
8pm, Channel 4
Few voters would object to criminals being made to forfeit the profits of their crimes, which is why successive »
- Jonathan Wright, Andrew Mueller, Ben Arnold, David Stubbs, Mark Jones, Gwilym Mumford
Eddie Izzard will star in a new 'Jekyll and Hyde' drama. The comedian has been cast in a brand new series inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson's 1886 classic tale, 'Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde'. The infamous novella tells the story of physician Dr Jekyll, who believes that within each man is a good and evil being. During his experiments, he develops a drug which makes him morph into violent beast Mr. Hyde. 'Hollyoaks' creative director Tony Wood and Cineflix Studios have teamed up to launch new independent production company Buccaneer Media, which will make the show. Tony said in a »
"Launching Buccaneer is a hugely exciting move for me," said Wood. "Our ambition is to build a globally focused company producing everything from family entertainment to high quality drama and structured reality rooted in the social media landscape.
"But at its heart, Buccaneer will have a simple philosophy: compelling characters, strong narratives and emotional underpinning all combining to create the most engaging television for as many audiences as possible.
"Forming this partnership with Cineflix Studios will mean I can draw on their expertise and experience in producing for Us and »
Starz has unveiled a first look at Black Sails, its newest series set to debut in Spring of 2014. Executive produced by Michael Bay, the show takes place 20 years prior to the events of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel Treasure Island and centers on Captain Flint and a young Long John Silver as they fight for the survival of New Providence Island, the most notorious criminal haven of its day. Expect pirates, prostitutes, thieves and fortune seekers, not to mention top of the line production values. The pilot was directed by Neil Marshall (The Descent, Dog Soldiers) who also directed the pivotal episode of Game of Thrones titled “Blackwater.” The eight-episode series was created by showrunner and executive producer Jon Steinberg (Jericho), and stars Toby Stevens as Flint and Luke Arnold as the young Silver. Watch the trailer below.
Starz has released the first trailer for the Michael Bay produced pirate TV series called Black Sails. The story centers on the tales of Captain Flint and his men and takes place twenty years prior to Robert Louis Stevenson's classic Treasure Island. It looks like it will be a great series! I'm looking forward to it!
Flint, the most brilliant and most feared pirate captain of his day, takes on a fast-talking young addition to his crew who goes by the name John Silver. Threatened with extinction on all sides, they fight for the survival of New Providence Island, the most notorious criminal haven of its day – a debauched paradise teeming with pirates, prostitutes, thieves and fortune seekers, a place defined by both its enlightened ideals and its stunning brutality.
- Joey Paur
Set to premiere in 2014, the eight-episode series is the latest in Starz's brand of racy historical adventures including the recently concluded "Spartacus" and the recently launched "Da Vinci's Demons."
Set twenty years prior to Robert Louis Stevenson's classic "Treasure Island," the series centers on brilliant and feared pirate Captain Flint (Toby Stephens, who played the villain in "Die Another Day"), who accepts fast talking young man John Silver (Australian TV veteran Luke Arnold) onto his crew.
Could this Friends reunion rumor be any more untrue?
“I’m going to clear this up,” Friends co-creator Marta Kauffman told E! News Monday night, “it’s not happening!”
Essentially putting the kibosh on any reunion ever, televised or otherwise, Kauffman explained, “Friends was about that time in your life when your friends are your family and once you have a family, there’s no need anymore.”
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For those unaware of the latest Central Perk buzz, a report from a never-before-heard-of website set the Web ablaze earlier this week when »
- Megan Masters
Avast, ye scurvy dogs, Starz has unleashed the first trailer for its anticipated new original series "Black Sails" from executive producer Michael Bay. It be full of treasure and treachery, mateys. Taking place twenty years prior to Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic book "Treasure Island," the drama follows feared pirate captain Flint ("Die Another Day's" Toby Stephens) and a new addition to his damned crew named John Silver (Luke Arnold, "The Pacific"). Together, they fight for the survival of the criminal refuge known as New Providence Island against the government. The trailer (above) features everything you'd expect from a Michael Bay-produced cable drama about pirates: Guns, swords, sex, »
- Dave Lewis
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