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What happens when 'Doctor Who' meets Robin Hood? Tom Riley and Mark Gatiss explain

“No damsels in distress! No pretty castles! No such thing as Robin Hood!”


'Arrested Development,' 'Elementary,' 'Da Vinci's Demons,' and more: The making of this year's Emmy-nominated music

The Primetime Creative Arts Emmys celebrated behind-the-scenes artists on Sunday — including composers recognized for their work on shows like Elementary, House of Cards, and The Borgias. The characters in the series they work on play more than a small role in shaping the shows’ sounds, as EW learned in talking to the nominees in the music score categories on the carpet ahead of the ceremony, which will air on FXX this Saturday.

Starz’s Da Vinci’s Demons won the award for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music, while Downton Abbey won for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series, and ReelzChannel’s World Without End snagged the award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie, or Special.

Read on to learn more about the making of the music for five shows.


Starz renews 'Da Vinci's Demons' for second season

More than 2.1 million viewers tuned-in to the series premiere of Da Vinci’s Demons last weekend, making it the highest-rated premiere ever for a Starz original series, and prompting the network to greenlight a second season of the drama before its second episode even makes it to the air.

Starz announced today that season two of Da Vinci’s Demons will begin production in Wales in next month, with an anticipated on-air return expected in 2014.

Tom Riley stars as the world-famous artist during his turbulent youth in Renaissance-era Florence. The show, which premiered with a strong lead-in from the series finale of Spartacus: War of the Damned and earned largely mixed-to-positive reviews from critics, was created by David Goyer, co-writer of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy and screenwriter of this summer’s Man of Steel.

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‘Da Vinci’s Demons’ star Tom Riley talks proper Renaissance heavage
‘Spartacus’ series finale gains victorious ratings
First look: ‘Da Vinci’s Demons’ official poster — EXCLUSIVE

'Spartacus' series finale gains victorious ratings


The unavoidably heartbreaking series finale of Starz’ Spartacus delivered one of the show’s best ratings ever.

Spartacus: War of the Damned finished its run with 1.4 million viewers for its Friday premiere telecast at 9 p.m. and totaled 2.7 million viewers for the full weekend (that’s just shy of the show’s Gods of the Arena premiere peak). Gratitude to Starz for a fearlessly entertaining drama. And ICYMI, here’s Dalton Ross’ interview with Sparty showrunner Steven S. DeKnight covering the finale.

This was good news for Starz’ new drama Da Vinci’s Demons, which got a strong lead-in and established a new all-time high for a Starz series premiere. A total of 1 million watched Demons on Friday at 10 p.m., and the fantasy drama series eventually racked up 2.1 million viewers for the weekend. Demons drew mixed-to-positive reviews from the critics.

'Da Vinci's Demons' star Tom Riley talks proper Renaissance heavage (and trying to get 'Man of Steel' spoilers out of show creator David S. Goyer)

Tonight, Starz premieres the original eight-part series Da Vinci’s Demons from the mind of David S. Goyer, the co-writer of The Dark Knight trilogy who also penned this summer’s Superman movie Man of Steel. He mixes fact and fiction in his imagination of an undocumented time in da Vinci’s life, his late-20s to early-30s, in which the famed artist and innovator (played handily by British actor Tom Riley) finds himself at the center of a web combining religion, politics, and both sorts of anatomy lessons. We spoke to Riley about the series, working with Goyer, and all the heavage you’ll see on the show.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: On a lighter note, your shirts are so low-cut on the show. I’m imagining multiple fittings to find the optimum depth. What can you tell us about that process?
TOM RILEY: As you say, we had various different shirts of differing lengths. The lower it went it became quite important that it should be just above the belly button. [Laughs] Because when you see the belly button, apparently that can be quite upsetting and quite distracting for some people. So we needed to keep that out, but keep enough abs and pectorals in. And of course, it had to be period, so it was long and flappy. And also, it was supposed to be in Florence, so it was supposed to be warm, even though we weren’t [filming in Wales]. Those are very cold nipples. [Laughs]

Since you brought up nipples: I was also wondering if you used double-sided tape at all to prevent nip slips.
What, like, tit tape, to sort of keep everything there? “Tit tape,” that’s what people call it, isn’t it?

I don’t call it that, but I love that.
It’s called tit tape in England. We’re far more straight about this. No, there wasn’t double-sided tape. If something was revealed, then that was just like an Easter Egg, a little bonus. [Laughs] You can tell I’ve been doing interviews for a few days. I’m going slightly mad. [Laughs] READ FULL STORY

First look: 'Da Vinci's Demons' official poster -- EXCLUSIVE

Starz’ upcoming original series Da Vinci’s Demons has a marketing poster that draws upon the genius of its hero Leonardo da Vinci.

The drama series stars Tom Riley as the famed artist and inventor, re-imagined as near-super-human character. The steely image highlights Riley and imaginative wings resembling da Vinci’s famed sketches.

“Leonardo was a transformational figure,” says series creator and writer David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight). “The original Renaissance man. The kind of genius that only emerges every thousand years or so. What I like about this image is that it embodies a lot of the show’s themes. It’s aspirational. The triumph of the human spirit over ignorance and repression, the audacity of imagination.”

Da Vinci’s Demons premieres Friday, April 12 following the series finale of Spartacus: War of the Damned. Here’s your first look: READ FULL STORY


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