TV Key Art: Starz’s pirate drama ‘Black Sails’
Key Art: Spartacus on Starz (via aoltv)
Watch the first full episode here. The series premieres Oct. 21st.
While the trailer is more smoke and mirrors than plot it does show off Grammer’s talents and certainly tees him up for a career defining moment. If the show is well written that is. Let’s hope it does for him what Breaking Bad did for Bryan Cranston.
Starz Media is close to ordering up a pilot about the first woman to ever own her own NASCAR team and her uphill race to secure corporate sponsors. Tentatively titled Tits in the Pits — an allusion to the NASCAR good ol’ boy maxim of “No tits in the pits!” — the one-hour original drama set in the present day follows the jilted wife of a legendary driver who seeks revenge by courting sponsors from Madison Avenue and building her own NASCAR team from scratch. The show comes from Keith Merryman and David A. Newman, the screenwriters of the recently released Justin Timberlake–Mila Kunis comedy Friends With Benefits.
Starz has major brand identity issues.
Sony movies are made available to stream via Netflix thanks to deals that both companies have with Starz. Evidently there is a wrinkle in the Sony/Starz contract that needs to be sorted out, in that it stipulates a maximum number of users to whom Starz can deliver content. Netflix has grown to the point where it is out-delivering what Starz is allowed to provide.
The teaser tells us absolutely nothing, except for that it takes place in Chicago and that it stars Kelsey Grammer, who is probably corrupt. Information revealed about the show confirms that it’s a political drama. Grammer makes a convincing politician if you ask me.
After a bidding war, Boss, a political drama project starring Kelsey Grammerand written by Apocalypto co-writer Farhad Safinia, has landed at Starz with an 8-episode straight-to-series order. In his first foray into television, Milk director Gus Van Sant is set to direct the pilot and executive produce the series, which will be produced by Lionsgate Television. This also marks the cable debut of one of broadcast TV’s most recognizable stars, Grammer, as well as his first foray into drama series. Boss will star Grammer as the Mayor of Chicago who is diagnosed with a degenerative mental condition that only he and his doctor know about. It is described as a King Lear-inspired tale of power set in Chicago’s political machine.
Starz has officially started looking for an actor to replace Andy Whitfield on Spartacus. According to the just-released casting notice, producers are searching for a Caucasian male in his mid to late 30s to play the “smart, intense, passionate” title role. Interested parties must have an authentic British accent and be prepared to sign a three-year contract. Whitfield was forced to bow out of the show’s second season after doctors advised him to resume “aggressive treatment” for Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Last week, exec producer Steven S. DeKnight told me that the the production would either “close up shop or recast.” It looks like they’re moving forward with the latter.