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Watch a cryptic teaser for Patrick Stewart's new series, co-produced by Seth MacFarlane

Starz is introducing Walter Blunt in a brief teaser for its upcoming series Blunt Talk starring Patrick Stewart. The series is created by Jonathan Ames, best known in the television world for HBO’s Bored to Death. Ames executive produces alongside Seth MacFarlane.

The series follows the British Blunt, who has a nightly interview show in American cable news and is “on a mission to impart his wisdom and guidance on how Americans should live, think and behave,” according to Starz. (Sound familiar?) The teaser reveals that “Walter Blunt will do a line *if politely offered.”

Starz has already given the show two seasons, and it’s set to debut in the summer.

Anthony Hopkins, Ian McKellen team for Starz movie 'The Dresser'

Anthony Hopkins and Ian McKellen will team together for the first time in Starz’s adaptation of Ronald Harwood’s classic play The Dresser, the network announced at the Television Critics Association’s winter TV previews.

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'Outlander' return trailer: They're doing it again!

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The first full trailer for the return of Starz’ Outlander has arrived. Below Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie (Sam Heughan) are reunited in the time-travel series, which re-launches for the second half of its debut season on April 4. When we last left our heroes, Claire had been captured by Black Jack Randall (Tobias Menzies), but it seems she’s back in bed with her Scottish warrior hubby before too long. Plus there’s fighting, more Jamie whipping, a duel, an explosion and a certain infamous scene from the book that Balfe discusses shooting below. “The second half of the season really ramps up; the action is a lot stronger, it’s going to be heartbreaking and exciting,” Balfe recently told us. See for yourself: READ FULL STORY

TV's edible arrangements: Food stylist Lisa Heathcote talks 'Downton' and 'Outlander'

Food stylist Lisa Heathcote concocts the culinary delights for the Crawleys of Downton Abbey and the MacKenzies of Starz’s Outlander. With the Masterpiece series starting its fifth season on Jan. 4, she dishes on the process behind her dishes.

Heathcote devises full menus for the dinner scenes on Downton.
“When they are actually sitting at the table, they’ve all got a menu in front of them. Then we basically decide at what point they are in the dinner, what course we’re actually going to see. The rest of the meal is imaginary. But it might be that in the course of the story line we see Mrs. Patmore preparing for this dinner. We might not see what she’s preparing go upstairs, but to make sense of it she’s preparing what they would have eaten in that dinner so that it corresponds.” READ FULL STORY

'Evil Dead' scoop: Bruce Campbell reveals series details

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It took 23 years, but Bruce Campbell is finally returning to his iconic role of Ash—the arrogant, loudmouthed, one-handed badass who squared off against prankish possessive spirits in three Sam Raimi films (including 1987’s cult classic Evil Dead II). Starz is resurrecting the franchise with the half-hour horror-comedy series Ash vs. Evil Dead; 10 episodes are planned for late 2015.

The set-up: Ash is living in a trailer park and working his latest thankless big-box store job when a return of the Deadites prompts him to take a road trip with two young co-workers (and, of course, his trusty boomstick). To find out what we can expect from the show, EW had an exclusive interview with the king himself.

EW: What finally made this happen?
Bruce Campbell: We realized if we made another movie, frankly, it would probably be too expensive. But in the format of a TV show, we could give people exactly what they wanted and expand the character and the story even more. Ash would probably have more dialogue in one season than in three movies. He’ll have to become a more fleshed-out character as well. And we never burned Evil Dead as a franchise out—it’s not like we did 13 of these movies. So we felt like, what the heck, let’s give it a try. Walking Dead is Walking Dead, but we were kind of first. And I would say it’s about as big of a counterpart to Walking Dead as you could program, because Walking Dead is unrelentingly grim and hugely popular. We’re going to give people a little of the old fashioned splatstick—horror and comedy. The fans have been really good to us over the years. This is an opportunity to do something with full street cred. [Fan reaction to last year’s Evil Dead remake] was all, “Yeah yeah, that was nice, fellas, but we still want the real deal.” This is it. Sam’s back. I’m back. [Executive producer Rob Tapert’s] back. Love it or hate it, this will be the real deal. READ FULL STORY

Sam Heughan talks Jamie and Claire's relationship in 'Outlander' featurette

The second half of the first season of Outlander is still a ways away, but Starz has offered up another tantalizing glimpse at what’s to come.

In a new featurette, the actors promise an escalation of both the action and—rejoice, shippers—the romance. “Jamie and Claire’s relationship really blossoms,” Sam Heughan says. READ FULL STORY

Starz renews 'The Missing' for season 2

The Missing has been renewed for an eight-episode second season, Starz announced Tuesday.

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'Evil Dead' TV show starring Bruce Campbell greenlit by Starz

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Huge news for Evil Dead fans:

Starz has ordered an Evil Dead TV show.

Original franchise director Sam Raimi will executive produce the series and write and direct the first episode, with Rob Tapert also executive producing.

And … and … and …

Bruce Campbell will star, reprising his iconic career-making role as Ash. READ FULL STORY

Spend Christmas Eve with a Chuck Norris movie marathon

Die Hard may always take all the action-movie attention around Christmas, but this year, Chuck Norris is stepping in to challenge John McClane’s holiday throne.

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Starz gives fast renewal to LeBron James comedy 'Survivor's Remorse'

Less than a week after the show’s debut, Starz has renewed LeBron James comedy Survivor’s Remorse for season 2.

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'The Chair' premieres as Starz' first original unscripted series

Whether it’s a small indie flick or a summer blockbuster, making a movie isn’t easy. First you need an idea, then a script, money, and lots and lots of people to fill all the roles—both on camera and off. In its first original unscripted series, Starz gives viewers a front-row seat to this complicated world in The Chair.

The premise is simple enough: Two aspiring filmmakers are given the chance to make their first feature film with the help of executive producer Chris Moore, who you might remember also produced the late Project Greenlight. What makes The Chair different is that both films have to be made from the same original screenplay (written by Dan Schoffer) and filmed entirely in and around Pittsburgh. Throughout the 10-part docuseries, the audience will watch the creation, marketing, and theatrical release of both films before voting on which director deserves the $250,000 prize at the end.

And it is a competition—although that competitive aspect is rarely talked about by the pair of directors—recent NYU film grad Anna Martemucci and YouTube sensation Shane Dawson. The two directors fall on different ends of the cinematic spectrum, which makes their personal interpretations of Schoffer’s coming-of-age dramedy much more distinct and interesting to watch. Dawson could probably find another way to make a movie if he really wanted to; his current videos are already seen by 10 million subscribers and have more than 1 billion views. Martemucci, on the other hand, is a writer trying her hand behind the camera, which of course means she has some trouble accepting that she can only adapt, not write, the screenplay that will eventually become her first film.

Of course, there are a lot more problems that occur in just the premiere than a little bruise of the ego. Most notably, Martemucci struggles with the decision to bring her husband along to Pennsylvania (or not) while Shane can’t determine how extreme (i.e. dumb) he wants his comedy to go just yet. The best part for the audience (though probably the worst part for the directors) is the gripping meta world created as the filmmakers are suddenly the ones being filmed. Both directors constantly break the fourth wall when they’re not supposed to and are open to talking about the challenges of not only creating your first movie, but having to do it with the added pressure of having each decision and step watched and critiqued before the actual work is even done.

In addition to Moore, Pittsburgh native Zachary Quinto serves as a mentor to both directors. First he must give full disclosure that he knew Martemucci prior through her husband and other work she had done—which basically resulted in this opportunity. Considering her competitor has a billion people watching him on YouTube, that small advantage still seems fair. And Quinto’s involvement isn’t just for added marquee value; through late night phone calls and emotional freak outs, Quinto is there for personal (and financial) support every step of the way. The premiere gives a preview at some of the other players likely to get involved in the unique chaos, including Dawson’s much more down-to-earth producer and the female director of photography Martemucci is desperate to have on her team.

Win or lose, both films will still air on Starz and be released in theaters in the fall. The Chair is the perfect show for any cinephile with a guilty pleasure for reality TV. Lights, camera… drama!

Watch a 'Party Down' blooper reel in honor of its Hulu debut

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

First Look: 'Outlander' author Diana Gabaldon cameos on Starz series

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

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