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Starz has been a pioneer in early renewals, and fans of the subscription network’s drama Black Sails got an extremely early renewal this week. On Friday, Starz announced that Black Sails will definitely return for a fourth season months and months ahead of the show’s Season 3 release.
Starz has slowly and quietly been building an enviable programming lineup. While early efforts at original shows like Spartacus have already ended their runs, the subscription cable service has found new period dramas and entertaining modern shows upon which to thrive.
Black Sails is a story that mixes fact and fiction. Characters from Robert Louis Stevenson’s popular adventure novel Treasure Island intermix with real historical pirates like Anne Bonny and Jack Rackham. Next season, Black Sails will be adding a notorious pirate from English history into the mix.
The violence on Black Sails often ebbs and flows; thus is the nature of a series that is halfway about piracy and halfway about politics in a world that is still untamed. Despite seeing some pretty brutal moments throughout the second season of Starz’s period drama, nothing quite prepared us for this weekend’s penultimate episode.
There are the shows that keep us thinking late into the night and make us wish we had someone to chat with about them around the watercooler the next morning. Here’s to the 8 great shows not nearly enough people are watching. You can check out our picks after the jump.
I was worried Season 2 might get off to a slow start, but director Steve Boyum’s premiere is quick out of the gate, thrusting straight into gory action and pirate plotting, as well as introducing a brand new villain. This isn’t the series we left behind last spring.
We’ve compiled a handy guide of 2015 premiere and return dates. The schedule is a work in progress, and dates are subject to change as we head into midseason season. In the meantime, if there's a new or returning show you don't see on here, feel free to leave a comment and we'll see if we can dig up the date for you.
Black Sails has been a high profile project for Starz ever since it was initially announced. The period drama is preparing to set sail for Season 2, and this weekend the subscription cable network dropped some bombshell news, as well as the first trailer for Season 2.
Starz is finally preparing to launch the second season of its hit Treasure Island prequel, Black Sails. On Monday, the subscription cable network released a brand new poster for the new season, as well as a plot description for the upcoming second season.
You know you're out of your time when someone says "I smell the vapors of hell on you," and someone else accuses you of being a witch. Claire Randall seems to be knee-deep in trouble and eager to get back to her own time period in the preview for Episode 3 of Outlander, titled "The Way Out".
A little more than a week ahead of the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards are handed out, the Creative Arts Emmy Awards have taken place, offering justified praise to outstanding work (mainly) behind the scenes.
We still have a while to wait for Black Sails to return, but Starz promoted the adventurous pirate series this weekend when they debuted Outlander. The teaser for Black Sails Season 2 reminds us that Black is Back in 2015. And we're teased with a bit of action, adventure, ships, swords and some sexy!
Starz is quickly becoming a great premium cable destination for adventure, with Da Vinci's Demons and Black Sails among their current series, and time travel period drama Outlander on deck to premiere this Summer. They also have 50 Cent's new drama Power lined up to premiere, giving subscribers much to anticipate as the warmer months approach. Starz teased all of the above in their latest preview, offering a glimpse of what 2014 is offering subscribers.
It would be easy to see this as a dicey proposition, but the nice thing about subscription cable is that after a show’s initial airing, that program is readily available to the public, and in the case of Black Sails, a Saturday premiere date has absolutely paid off, bringing in millions of viewers across multiple platforms over the weekend.
Being a pirate is difficult, and not only because it’s a tough living against the grain of society. It’s a tough world to live in because it has been built on unstable footing, where each man and woman is out for his or herself, where allegiances are hard won, and where the tides of fortune can change rather quickly.