or


[08/02/12 - 11:15 AM]
Starz at TCA: Albrecht Talks "Spartacus" Ending, Ballparks Premieres for New Originals
By Brian Ford Sullivan (TFC)

LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- Starz president and CEO Chris Albrecht kicked off the network's portion of the TCA Summer Press Tour with updates on its new and returning originals.

"We've completed production on 'Spartacus: War of the Damned'; obviously we've completed production on 'Boss,'" the executive said in his opening remarks. Adding, "We are in production on 'Da Vinci's Demons'; we are about to start production in a couple of weeks on the second season of 'Magic City'; and we are in pre-production in South Africa on 'Black Sails.'"

Speaking of "Spartacus," Albrecht detailed why the show will end after the upcoming season, due in January: "I think the producers and those of us at Starz were always well aware that this was going to be a very different show once the slaves were in, the rebels were in the hills and the Romans were in the town... So we ended up sort of having to tell two distinct stories which is never the ultimate way to create a great serialized drama. Then of course we had the tragedy with Andy [Whitfield] which made everything very difficult and pushed back [production].

Having said that the show has been remarkably successful and I think ultimately what all of the producers felt - along with us - is that rather than trying to string out a story - we can have one more battle, one more argument between the rebels or one more villain show up - we would kind of follow the trajectory of the history and bring the 'Spartacus' story to fruition. Better probably to leave people wanting more than to risk repeating ourselves and diminish the overall impact of the franchise."

Albrecht also gave rough estimates on when audiences can expect its various projects:

-- "Incursion": "Steven DeKnight has an overall deal with Starz and he just returned last week - or this weekend I guess - from Hawaii where he shot a proof of concept piece is what we're calling it, not a pilot, it's just a scene or two for a show that he's developed that we are very high on called 'Incursion,' which is a sci-fi piece, kind of 'Band of Brothers' meets 'Halo' would be the one line of it. It's again, incredibly ambitious and involves a lot of creature work and things like that."

-- "Da Vinci's Demons": "[It] will be on most likely second quarter, end of first quarter, second quarter 2013, most likely. Nothing announced yet or set in stone."

-- "Black Sails": "2014, hopefully very early [2014], potentially in the 'Spartacus' slot. Again nothing set just letting you in on some of our thinking."

-- "Marco Polo": "The challenge of making this show in China has proved to be as formidable as we feared. And it's not like making a movie in China where once you load up then you leave, you're done, we have to be able to come back and again capture something that's going to feel like a major feature film on a television budget and do it hopefully season after season. So we are taking more time than I think the producers thought and I don't have any news on that, it's still very much in the planning stage although we've spent plenty of money and invested a lot of time in making all those plans."

-- "Noir": "We ran into some creative challenges on the script side but it is absolutely in our zone. We talk about Steven DeKnight, but Rob Tapert, Josh Donen and Sam Raimi, that whole team of executive producers are terrific, they're terrific partners with Starz. We want to do as many things as we can with them. I have a couple of things with them but 'Noir' is certainly I think the thing that we all see as a must figure out. So we're still getting the scripts together but I'm very confident that 'Noir' will be on but I can't tell you when."





  [august 2012]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
   


· BLACK SAILS (STARZ)
· BOSS (STARZ)
· DA VINCI'S DEMONS (STARZ)
· INCURSION (STARZ)
· MAGIC CITY (STARZ)
· MARCO POLO (NETFLIX)
· NOIR (STARZ)
· SPARTACUS (STARZ)











[03/02/15 - 10:05 AM]
The World Television Premiere of "Ari Shaffir: Passive Aggressive" Debuts on Comedy Central on March 13 at Midnight ET/PT
For fans that can't wait for Shaffir's new material, the special will be available on March 13 on CC: Stand-Up Direct.

[03/02/15 - 10:02 AM]
HBO Secures Three-Year Broadcast Deal with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation
Taping live April 18 at Cleveland's Public Hall, the exclusive HBO special "2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony" debuts Saturday, May 30 at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT) and marks the 30th anniversary of the event.

[03/02/15 - 10:01 AM]
Video: BBC America's "Orphan Black" First Full Trailer and Show Release Now Live
Season three plunges the clone sisterhood, Project Leda, into unexpected territory with the realization that they're not alone.

[03/02/15 - 09:45 AM]
One Good Bird Seeks to Break the Rules in Nickelodeon's Brand-New Animated Series "Harvey Beaks" Premiering Sunday, March 29, At 7:00PM (ET/PT)
Viewers can catch a special first-look of the series, Saturday, March 28, at 9:30/8:30c immediately following the 2015 Kids' Choice Awards.

[03/02/15 - 09:29 AM]
Food Network Hits the High Seas in One-Hour Primetime Special "Disney Dream Cruise with Food Network" on Friday, March 27th at 8PM ET/PT
Melissa d'Arabian, Amanda Freitag, Katie Lee and Jeff Mauro have exclusive access and explore the inner workings on-board the Disney Dream cruise ship during the sun, fun and food-filled vacation experience with their family and friends.

[03/02/15 - 09:26 AM]
Showtime(R) Releases the Season Two Poster Art for Psychological Thriller "Penny Dreadful"
As previously announced, the new season rolls out on Sunday, May 3 at 10:00/9:00c.

[03/02/15 - 09:01 AM]
Live Television Broadcast of the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy(R) Awards to Air Exclusively on Pop on Sunday, April 26 from the Historic Warner Bros. Studio Lot
In addition, NATAS announced that the Daytime Creative Arts Emmy(R) Awards gala will take place on Friday, April 24 at the Universal Hilton in Los Angeles.

[03/02/15 - 08:51 AM]
The Basketball Tournament Secures Television Deal With ESPN, Doubles Prize Money To $1 Million for Second Year of Winner Take-All Event
Opening rounds begin July 10-12 at regional sites in Los Angeles and Atlanta and continue July 17-19 in Chicago and Philadelphia.

[03/02/15 - 08:48 AM]
First Look BBC America's "London Spy" - Ben Whishaw Image Released
The project is the story of a chance romance between two people from very different worlds - one from the headquarters of the Secret Intelligence Service, the other from a world of clubbing and youthful excess.

[03/02/15 - 08:43 AM]
Sunday's Broadcast Ratings: "Last Man on Earth" Opens on Top for FOX
The newcomer leads the night among adults 18-49.

[03/02/15 - 08:20 AM]
Ariana Grande, One Direction, Taylor Swift, Meghan Trainor and Fifth Harmony Among Nominees for the 2015 Radio Disney Music Awards
Categories for music's biggest event for families include fan favorites "They're The One - Best Music Group," "The Freshest - Best New Artist," "The Bestest - Song of the Year" and "XOXO - Best Crush Song."

[03/02/15 - 08:02 AM]
Golf Channel Announces New Competition Series, "Altered Course"
The series features teams as they navigate re-imagined and extreme golf holes in excess of 700 yards, traversing the natural obstacles and challenging terrain as fast as possible.

[03/02/15 - 08:00 AM]
Mark Cuban to Become the President of the United States with Ann Coulter Assuming Duties of Vice President in "Sharknado 3"
Also on tap are Bo Derek, Jerry Springer, Chris Kirkpatrick and Chris Jericho.

[03/02/15 - 07:17 AM]
Bravo Media's "The Real Housewives of New York City" Returns on Tuesday, April 7 at 9PM ET/PT
After a three-season hiatus, Bethenny Frankel makes her highly anticipated return joining Carole Radziwill, Heather Thomson, Kristen Taekman, LuAnn de Lesseps, Ramona Singer, Sonja Morgan and new housewife Dorinda Medley.

[03/02/15 - 06:05 AM]
Lori Loughlin and Bailee Madison Start Production on the Highly Anticipated Holiday Adventure "Northpole: Open for Christmas" (wt) A Hallmark Channel Original Movie World Premiere Holiday 2015
Loughlin stars as Mackenzie, a successful businesswoman who inherits her beloved aunt's inn, and chooses to restore the hotel to its original grandeur only to sell it right before Christmas.