Party Down, Rob Thomas’ excellent show about caterers/struggling actors and other show-business types, criminally lasted only two seasons. But as of today, all of its hilarious episodes are streaming on Hulu Plus; the first five episodes are also streaming for a limited time for free on Hulu.com. There’s just one way to celebrate: By watching Martin Starr hit Ryan Hansen a bunch of times in this exclusive blooper reel. READ FULL STORY
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Make room, Claire Beauchamp: Another modern-day lass will find herself transported back to 18th-century Scotland during this week’s episode of Outlander. That lass? She’s none other than Diana Gabaldon, whose eight-part book series serves as the basis for Starz’s new drama. READ FULL STORY
I didn’t want to watch Outlander. Bodice-rippers generally make me roll my eyes.
Then I learned that Diana Gabaldon, who wrote the book series that inspired the Starz drama, wasn’t a huge fan of romance either. Gabaldon recently told Buzzfeed that her agent encouraged her to bill the first Outlander book as a romance novel, even though it also dabbles in historical fiction, science fiction, and other genres. The idea was that a science fiction best-seller usually sold around 50,000 copies, while romances could reach 500,000. So Gabaldon reached a compromise with her publisher: she’d agree to file it under “romance,” but if the book did well, they’d recast it as “general fiction.”
I totally understand the impulse: unfairly or not, “romance” seems to imply that the book belongs on the shelf alongside this guy. Therefore, it probably doesn’t appeal to the most intellectual readers.
So imagine my surprise when a sex scene was what actually made me take Outlander seriously.
Could Outlander become a breakout hit for Starz? The premium cable network’s buzzy new fantasy drama, based on Diana Gabaldon’s bestselling novel series, has been viewed nearly 1 million times in the run up to its official Saturday night premiere.
Starz put the first episode (“Sassenach”) of its adaptation online and On Demand this week. So far, the hour has been viewed 897,372 times by more than 600,000 unique viewers. (So, yes, some fans are apparently watching more than once.) Those numbers include viewing via Starz On Demand, Starz.com, YouTube, and Xfinity. Reviewers have been largely positive, including EW’s own Jeff Jensen. Yet it’s tough to say at this point what the sampling will mean for the show’s official premiere and beyond.
Outlander follows a WWII combat nurse (Caitriona Balfe) who is is mysteriously transported back to 1743 Scotland, where she is kidnapped by a group of Highlanders. If you haven’t already, check out the NSFW pilot below: READ FULL STORY
We could have had a super explicit Fifty Shades of Grey TV show.
Starz’ CEO Chris Albrecht told reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour Friday that he lobbied Universal for the rights to the bestselling S&M book series. His pitch: A three-season TV series where each E L James novel was told over the course of a full season.
Albrecht was originally talking about his upcoming series Outlander, a romantic fantasy (with much softer sexual content than Fifty Shades). Outlander is based on a series of books by Diana Gabaldon and each season will roughly follow the course of one of her novels. READ FULL STORY
In Starz’s competition series The Chair, two filmmakers are given the same script and the same budget—then challenged to make two different movies. YouTube star Shane Dawson is one of those directors. The trailer for his movie delivers just the sort of comedy his fans might expect, with sight gags aplenty. But Dawson also tells EW that he also tried moving away from his typical mode of comedy, using the feature film timeframe and budget to focus more on his characters.
Using a screenplay by Dan Schoffer titled How Soon is Now, Dawson’s take (which has been retitled Not Cool) follows a group of college students who return home for Thanksgiving. Dawson said that the film’s title comes from the experience he and many of his peers felt after leaving high school and realizing the rules of popularity don’t matter anymore. “The movie is about how important ‘being cool’ is when you’re in high school,” he said, “and the realization you have after you graduate that maybe it doesn’t matter that much anymore.”
American Gods is coming to Starz.
The premium cable network has announced a deal for script-to-series development for the acclaimed fantasy novel American Gods by Neil Gaiman.
The pilot script will be written by Bryan Fuller (Hannibal, Pushing Daisies, Heroes) and Michael Green (The River, Kings, Heroes), who will also be the showrunners of the series. They will executive produce along with Gaiman. The 2001 novel—which has been translated into more than 30 languages—centers on a brewing war between old and new gods: the traditional gods of biblical and mythological roots from around the world steadily losing believers to an upstart pantheon of gods reflecting society’s modern love of money, technology, media, celebrity, and drugs. READ FULL STORY
Steven Soderbergh, who’s been as prolific as ever since announcing his plans to quit directing movies, is bringing his 2009 indie, The Girlfriend Experience, to Starz as a 13-episode series. The half-hour show “explores the relationships of the most exclusive courtesans who provide their clients with far more than just sex,” according to a press release. “These purveyors—or GFEs (Girlfriend Experience)—share intimacies more common to romantic partners or husbands and wives, becoming quasi-lovers and confidants who are richly paid for their time.” READ FULL STORY
Starz has already given the green light to a 10-episode second season of the new drama Power.
The New York-set drama just premiered last week, starring Omari Hardwick as a nightclub owner by day and the kingpin of the most lucrative drug network in New York by night. Power comes from creator, showrunner, and executive producer Courtney Kemp Agboh (The Good Wife) and fellow executive producers Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Mark Canton, David Knoller, and Randall Emmett, who will all return for the sophomore season. READ FULL STORY
New 'Power' trailer: Starz series from 50 Cent shows dark world of clubs and drugs -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO
For some, great power comes with great responsibility. For James “Ghost” St. Patrick, power only brings problems.
Ghost is the focus of Power, a new drama executive produced by Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson. An official trailer was released in March — and now EW has an exclusive, extended look at the series. Omari Hardwick (The A-Team) stars as Ghost, a wealthy NYC nightclub owner living a double life as one of the most lucrative drug dealers in the city. As the show begins, he’s trying to leave his life of crime behind to improve his business and the lives of his family. Watch the trailer below: READ FULL STORY
Starz has picked up a two season, 20-episode order of half-hour scripted comedy series Blunt Talk from Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy) and Jonathan Ames (Bored to Death) and starring Patrick Stewart. The series follows British newsman Walter Blunt (Stewart) on a mission to conquer American cable news by sharing his opinion and guidance, even when they are not wanted. Add a dysfunctional news staff, numerous ex-wives and children, and an alcoholic manservant, and you’ve got a recipe for comedy gold.
“I’m beyond thrilled to be working with Jonathan Ames and Sir Patrick Stewart,” said Seth Macfarlane in a statement. “Jonathan’s creative talent is formidable, and his writing style is wholly original, hilarious, and provocative. And of course, Patrick Stewart is one of the greatest actors alive today. His skill and versatility are unmatched, and he will excel as the star of his own show. Thank you Starz for allowing us to bring Walter Blunt to life!” READ FULL STORY
Chris Moore, the executive producer of Oscar-winner Good Will Hunting and HBO’s Project Greenlight, is back with a new filmmaking competition series with a twist. The Chair, which Starz has ordered as its first original unscripted series for 10 episodes to air in fall 2014, follows two directors as they take their first feature film to the big screen. The catch: Each director is provided with the exact same screenplay to transform into his or her own distinct movie. READ FULL STORY
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