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‘Ash vs. Evil Dead’ Canceled After 3 Seasons on Starz

Starz has canceled the horror-comedy series “Ash vs. Evil Dead” after three seasons, the network announced on Friday.

The upcoming season 3 finale, set to air Sunday, April 29, will now serve as the series finale.

The decision comes as Starz prepares to launch two new series next month, the Mexican-American family drama “Vida” and “Sweetbitter,” an adaptation of the 2016 Stephanie Danler novel about the New York City restaurant industry.

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“Ash vs. Evil Dead” starred Bruce Campbell — reprising his role as Ash Williams from the “Evil Dead” film franchise — alongside Lucy Lawless, Ray Santiago and Dana DeLorenzo. “Evil Dead” filmmakers Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert served as executive producers on the series alongside Campbell, Ivan Raimi and Rick Jacobson. Mark Verheiden was showrunner with producer Moira Grant.

Campbell and Raimi first teamed up for the original 1981 film “The Evil Dead.” Shot on a shoestring budget of approximately $350,000 in the woods of Tennessee, the film went on to gross over $2.4 million worldwide and achieved cult status.

The duo later reteamed for a series of sequels and a 2013 reboot before the TV series follow-up “Ash vs. Evil Dead” debuted on Starz in 2015 to critical acclaim.

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‘Ash vs. Evil Dead’ Canceled at Starz After Three Seasons

“Ash vs. Evil Dead” has been canceled at Starz, Variety has confirmed.

The series will air its third season finale on April 29, which will now serve as the series finale. The series saw Bruce Campbell reprise the role of Ash Williams, the chainsaw-wielding anti-hero tasked with saving the world from evil in the “Evil Dead” film franchise. The series also starred Dana DeLorenzo, Ray Santiago, and Lucy Lawless.

The third season saw Ash, having gone from murderous urban legend to humanity-saving hometown hero, discovering that he has a long-lost daughter who has been entrusted in his care. Meanwhile, Kelly (DeLorenzo
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‘Vida’ Takes A Different Look At East L.A. “Steeped In Queerness” – The Contenders Emmys

The forthcoming Starz drama Vida continues the evolving landscape of television when it comes to inclusive stories. Showrunner Tanya Saracho was joined on stage at Contenders by the show’s stars Melissa Barrera, Mishel Prada, Ser Anzoategui, and Chelsea Rendon to talk about a queer narrative that puts East L.A. in a different spotlight that many aren’t used to seeing. Saracho tells moderator Dawn Chmielewski that the show is about the “gente-fication” of East L.A. — the…
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The State of Lionsgate TV

Lionsgate Television has been riding the peak TV wave for the past few years with a growing slate of shows produced for myriad outlets.

Now that the Starz pay-tv group has been acquired by Lionsgate, the TV division’s roster is expanding still more with the goal of using Starz as the launch pad for programs that can be sold to buyers around the world.

Lionsgate Television chairman Kevin Beggs recently spoke with Variety about the new opportunities through Starz and the expansion of the studio’s activity in international markets.

At Miptv your distribution team will be shopping two new Starz series,
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Spring 2018 TV Preview: Shows Created By and About Women to Check Out

Killing Eve”: Sophie Mutevelian

Warmer weather, budding trees, blooming flowers — spring (fingers crossed) finally seems to be here. To make good news even better, it has arrived with a bevy of TV series and projects from and about women. The next few months will see a ton of television narratives and docs centered on, created, written, and directed by women, and we’ve assembled some of the most promising titles here for your convenience.

The season kicks off April 8 with “Killing Eve,” the new series from “Fleabag” creator/star Phoebe Waller-Bridge. The BBC America thriller, based on Luke Jennings’ “Villanelle” novellas, is about two women in a very twisted relationship: Eve (Sandra Oh), an MI5 security officer longing for excitement, and Villanelle (Jodie Comer), the serial killer she becomes fixated upon.

Several other book adaptations are making their way to the small screen this spring. Hettie Macdonald’s “Howards End
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Gregg Araki’s New Starz Show is a Great Move for a Network That’s Giving Indie Creators New Life

Gregg Araki’s New Starz Show is a Great Move for a Network That’s Giving Indie Creators New Life
The loudest part of the growing drumbeat in TV is for networks to find the next “Game of Thrones,” throwing mammoth budgets at pre-existing intellectual properties. But after the high-profile swing of “American Gods” (considered a mixed success for the channel), Starz has taken a different approach to this idea. The nature of several of Starz’s upcoming shows suggest that execs are now focusing their development strategy in a much different way: auteur-driven shows centered on new ideas.

The latest move for the network is “Now Apocalypse,” a ten-episode commitment to director Gregg Araki, produced by Steven Soderbergh. Per Monday’s announcement, the new series “explores identity, sexuality and artistry, while navigating the strange and oftentimes bewildering city of Los Angeles. Between sexual and romantic dating app adventures, Ulysses grows increasingly troubled as foreboding premonitory dreams make him wonder – is some kind of dark and monstrous conspiracy going on,
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'Isle Of Dogs', 'All Square', 'Upgrade' among SXSW audience winners

'Isle Of Dogs', 'All Square', 'Upgrade' among SXSW audience winners
Festival concluded in Austin, Texas, at weekend.

March 19 Update: Wes Anderson’s Isle Of Dogs was named Headliners audience award winner on Monday, after Olivia Newman’s First Match earned the Narrative Feature Competition award on Saturday night (March 17).

Gabriel Silverman and Fiona Dawson prevailed in the Documentary Feature Competition on Saturday with TransMilitary, while John HyamsAll Square took audience award honours in the Narrative Spotlight Section, and The Dawn Wall by Josh Lowell and Peter Mortimer triumphed in Documentary Spotlight.

Timur Bekmambetov’s Profile won in Visions, Leigh Whannell’s Upgrade was declared winner in Midnighters, and Alonso Ruizpalacios
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'First Match', 'All Square', 'Upgrade' among SXSW audience winners

'First Match', 'All Square', 'Upgrade' among SXSW audience winners
Audience Awards to be handed out on March 17.

March 17 Update: Olivia Newman’s First Match was named audience award winner of the 2018 SXSW Narrative Feature Competition on Saturday night (March 17).

Gabriel Silverman and Fiona Dawson prevailed in the Documentary Feature Competition with TransMilitary, while John Hyams’ All Square took audience award honours in the Narrative Spotlight Section, and The Dawn Wall by Josh Lowell and Peter Mortimer triumphed in Documentary Spotlight.

Timur Bekmambetov’s Profile won in Visions, Leigh Whannell’s Upgrade was declared winner in Midnighters, and Alonso Ruizpalacios and So Yong Kim won in Episodic for Vida.

Earlier
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‘Vida’ Review: A Strong Hispanic Cast Quickly Brings This Bold Starz Series to Life

Dating back to the cult hit “Party Down,” Starz has seen the most recognition for half-hour series that don’t fit the mold. “Survivor’s Remorse” was a drama-comedy hybrid produced by basketball megastar LeBron James and loosely based on his experiences. “Ash vs. Evil Dead” is a horror-comedy hybrid based on the classic cult film series of a similar name and remains the most preposterously bloody half-hour show on television. “The Girlfriend Experience” is… well, no one really knows what the “The Girlfriend Experience” is because it changes every season, sometimes during the season. (It’s an anthology drama, technically speaking.)

Of course, none of these are massive hits. “Ash” is easily the most successful, given that it’s still on the air, but all three (not to mention “Party Down”) earned strong reviews and certainly had anyone who did tune in talking. They’re provocative shows built to
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Starz Introduces ‘Vida’ and ‘Sweetbitter’ to SXSW With Sensory House Experience

Starz Introduces ‘Vida’ and ‘Sweetbitter’ to SXSW With Sensory House Experience
It was an experience of sight, sound, smell, taste and touch at the Starz Sensory House at SXSW this Saturday, which lured attendees in with an open bar, food, and music. The event was held to help promote two new original series the network is premiering on May 6 — “Vida” and “Sweetbitter.”

Vida,” which was created by Tanya Saracho, focuses on two Mexican-American sisters played by Mishel Prada and Melissa Barrera, on the Eastside of Los Angeles, Calif. “Sweetbitter,” based on the novel by Stephanie Danler, is a service-industry drama set in New York City. (Danler also serves as writer and executive producer on the series.
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"Vida" on Starz

Sneak Peek more new footage, including a 'redband' trailer supporting "Vida", the upcoming dramatic TV series created by Tanya Saracho, premiering on Starz, May 6, 2018:

"...'Vida' follows two Mexican-American sisters, 'Emma' (Mishel Prada) and 'Lyn' (Melissa Barrera) from the Eastside of Los Angeles who couldn’t be more different or distanced from each other. Circumstances force them to return to their old neighborhood, where they are confronted by the past and shocking truth about their mother's identity..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Vida"...
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‘Vida’ Showrunner Tanya Saracho Sets Overall Deal With Starz

‘Vida’ Showrunner Tanya Saracho Sets Overall Deal With Starz
Tanya Saracho, creator and showrunner of the upcoming Starz drama “Vida,” has set a three-year overall deal with the Lionsgate-owned pay cabler.

“Tanya Saracho’s unique voice brings a fresh and real perspective to Latinx programming,” said Carmi Zlotnik, Starz’s president of programming. “We’re thrilled to have an overall deal with this tenacious playwright-turned-tv writer/executive producer who doesn’t pull any punches when bringing these characters – who are not usually seen in mainstream media – to life.”

“Vida,” a half-hour series set to bow May 6, revolves around two very different Mexican-American sisters growing up in East Los Angeles. A native of Mexico, Saracho grew up along the Texas border and then moved to Chicago as a young adult. She gained notice as a playwright in Chicago, and has since produced plays in New York, Denver and via the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, among other venues. She founded the Teatro Luna theater company and is a co-founder
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‘Vida’ Showrunner Tanya Saracho Inks Overall Deal With Starz

Vida showrunner and executive producer Tanya Saracho has signed a three-year overall deal with Starz. Under the pact, Saracho will develop new projects for the network and continue as showrunner and executive producer on the upcoming Latinx drama series Vida, set for premiere May 6 on the premium cabler. "Tanya Saracho's unique voice brings a fresh and real perspective to Latinx programming," said Starz President of Programming Carmi Zlotnik. "We're thrilled to have an…
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SXSW 2018 Highlights: Visit the ‘Westworld’ Theme Park, ‘Shameless’ Bar

This year’s South by Southwest (SXSW®) conference and festival will feature screenings, panels, happy hours, a special pop-up theme park and more. The event runs from March 9 to 18 in Austin, Texas. Variety has created a list of the immersive TV experiences and talks to keep you up to date. We will continue to update the schedule as more information is released about the festival.

Friday March 9

HBO’s Barry Screening (6 p.m., Alamo Ritz 1)

SXSW attendees will be among the first to get a look at the premium cabler’s new dark comedy starring Bill Hader as a “depressed, low-rent hitman from the Midwest” who follows a “mark” into an acting class in Los Angeles, where he ends up finding an accepting community. Barry wants to start a new life as an actor, but his criminal past won’t let him walk away. The series, which was created, executive produced and written by Alec Berg and Hader
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TV News Roundup: Netflix Release First Look at ‘Joel McHale Show With Joel McHale’ (Watch)

In today’s roundup, Netflix releases first look at “The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale” and “Top Gear” sets its new BBC America premiere date.

Casting

Ralph Macchio will guest star on two episodes of the CBS comedy “Kevin Can Wait” starring Kevin James and Leah Remini. He will play “Alviti,” the president of a company buying a property in Long Island with the intention of turning it into a parking lot, and is currently filming the role.

Epix announced that Felicity Huffman has joined the cast of original series “Get Shorty” as a recurring guest star. Huffman will play Clara Dillard, a mothering, high-level special agent for the FBI who takes over the investigation focusing on Amara and the crime organization in season two of the show.

Jake Allyn will play Navy Petty Officer Second Class James Sweeney in the March 6 episode of “NCIS.” Sweeney, currently deployed overseas, is poisoned
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Starz Expands Into Canada With Bell Media Pact

Starz Expands Into Canada With Bell Media Pact
Starz is taking a big step in its plan to expand internationally, striking a deal with Bell Media to launch the first Starz-branded service in Canada.

Bell Media’s The Movie Network Encore is to be rebranded next year, likely with Starz in the moniker although Bell Media did not get specific. The channel will also be made available as a standalone app for streaming.

As part of the deal, Starz parent Lionsgate has also set a theatrical pay TV output deal with Bell Media covering future releases. Lionsgate’s existing movie output pact in Canada is with Entertainment One.

“We’re delighted to bring Starz to Canada as part of our international channel rollout,” said Starz president-ceo Chris Albrecht. “Bell Media is one of North America’s elite content companies, and they bring great brand recognition, a massive consumer base, and unparalleled distribution skills to our alliance. This agreement creates the perfect foundation for the growth
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Starz Files FCC Complaint Against Altice USA as Carriage Fight Heads into Week Four

Starz has asked the FCC to intervene in its carriage standoff with Altice USA, urging the commission to order the channels restored on Altice systems because the cable operator violated a rule that requires distributors give customers 30 days notice of big programming changes.

Starz has filed a petition for emergency injunctive relief with the FCC. The complaint details the back-and-forth in negotiations between Starz and Altice that began in September but didn’t heat up until late December. The 17 Starz-Encore channels went dark on Altice systems as of Jan. 1.

“To our great disappointment, and to the disappointment of Altice customers, Starz and its affiliated channels continue to remain off the air in New York,” said Chris Albrecht, president-ceo of Starz, which was acquired in 2016 by Lionsgate. “This disruption has caused high-quality programming that promotes diversity in its production, talent and content, to be taken from viewers with no notice. More than that, Altice has continued
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A Show About Afro-Latina Witches called Brujas Is Coming to TV

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A Show About Afro-Latina Witches called Brujas Is Coming to TV
For too long, the term bruja, which translates to ‘witch’, has remained a taboo in the Latino community. But, thanks to playwright Tanya Saracho, the Bruja movement, a subculture of Afro-Latina millennials reclaiming the elements of brujeria, the Spanish word for “witchcraft”, will soon get its due on television.

Deadline reports that the Mexico-born writer is developing a show titled Brujas that centers around the Bruja movement in Chicago, following four Afro-Latinas. The series is being produced by Big Beach, an independent production company responsible for films such as Little Miss Sunshine and Our Idiot Brother.

The Bruja movement has
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Starz’s ‘Vida’ Explores Gentrification of Latino Neighborhoods… by Other Latinos

  • The Wrap
Starz’s upcoming drama “Vida” shares stories of Latinos in Los Angeles, told by the Latinos — whose stories might not be familiar to a broader audience. One issue the half-hour drama will tackle in its first season, showrunner Tanya Saracho said, is “gentefication,” the gentrification of Latinp neighborhoods by other Latinos. A play on the Spanish word gente (which translates to “people,”) gentefication is a term used to describe the changes brought to a community when young, upwardly mobile Latinos move back to their old neighborhoods and displace less wealthy residents. Some of those Latinos are known as “Chipsters” — Chicano...
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Starz Announces Premieres for ‘Howards End,’ ‘Vida,’ ‘Sweetbitter,’ Greenlights ‘John Wick’ Television Adaptation

Starz Announces Premieres for ‘Howards End,’ ‘Vida,’ ‘Sweetbitter,’ Greenlights ‘John Wick’ Television Adaptation
Starz has announced series premiere dates for three upcoming originals, “Howards End,” “Vida” and “Sweetbitter” and a greenlight for a television series adaptation of the “John Wick” franchise.

The four-episode limited series “Howards End” will premiere Sunday, April 8, while both new half-hour dramas “Vida” and the adaptation of “Sweetbitter” will premiere on Sunday, May 6.

Howards End” stars Hayley Atwell and Philippa Coulthard as two “independent and unconventional sisters seeking love and meaning” in an ever-changing world. The story based on E.M Forster’s masterpiece comes from Academy-Award winner Kenneth Lonergan, and is directed by BAFTA winner Hettie Macdonald. Matthew Macfadyen, Julia Ormond and Tracey Ullman also star in the Playground production in association with City Entertainment and KippSter Entertainment. See the key art for “Howards End” below:

“Vida” focuses on two Mexican-American sisters, Emma (Mishel Prada) and Lyn (Melissa Barrera), from the Eastside of Los Angeles who “couldn’t be more different or distanced from each
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