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'Fifty Shades of Grey' could have been an explicit TV show on Starz

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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

Two filmmakers, one script: YouTube star Shane Dawson takes Starz challenge

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.”

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Starz is developing Neil Gaiman's 'American Gods' into a series

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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 brings 'The Girlfriend Experience' to TV

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

'Power': Starz renews 50 Cent-produced drama for season 2

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 orders two seasons of Seth MacFarlane comedy 'Blunt Talk' starring Patrick Stewart

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

Starz orders 'Project Greenlight' follow-up 'The Chair' -- EXCLUSIVE

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

Starz greenlights half-hour comedy from LeBron James

And it’s a slam dunk for executive producer LeBron James.

Starz has officially picked up Survivor’s Remorse, a half-hour comedy from James, Tom Werner, Mike O’Malley, Maverick Carter, and Paul Wachter. Written by O’Malley, Survivor’s Remorse will explore what happens when an athlete leaves the world of professional basketball behind.

“Ever since I got cut from the freshman hoop team at Bishop Guertin High School in 1980, I’ve wanted to write about my love and hatred of basketball,” O’Malley said in a press release. “Starz has given us great freedom to explore an authentic world inspired by Maverick and LeBron. Tom’s legendary TV career and his experiences as a professional sports owner combined with Paul’s wealth of business and entertainment industry relationships have given this team a truly strong foundation to build a successful series.”

The series will focus in on Cam Calloway, a young 20-something who’s thrown into the basketball world with a multimillion-dollar contract. From “opportunistic family members” to the ups and downs of stardom, Cam and his cousin Reggie will have to face everything that comes along with being a well-known professional athlete.

Survivor’s Remorse is set to debut its six-episode first season in the fall.

LeBron James joins forces with Starz for new sitcom

LeBron James is joining forces with Starz and the man behind classic shows like The Cosby Show to create a sitcom that will touch on something he knows a lot about – Survivor’s Remorse.

The Miami Heat star will be the executive producer of the half-hour show. It will focus on two people who make it big after getting out of Philadelphia’s inner city and will chronicle the characters as they try to adjust to that fame along with feelings of guilt for having made it while peers are still struggling.

James is working on the project with his business partner and longtime friend Maverick Carter, along with Tom Werner, the force behind shows such as The Cosby Show and Roseanne. Actor Mike O’Malley will also be an executive producer.

Starz exec on 'Boss' movie, ordering more 'Black Sails,' and 'Magic City' renewal

Sorry Boss fans, that movie isn’t happening.

Starz president and CEO Chris Albrecht addressed the demise of the idea today during a quick Q&A at the Television Critics Association press tour, taking place through Aug. 7 in Los Angeles.  “We tried to make that happen but Farhad [Sarfina, the show's creator] didn’t see it in his head. So he wasn’t going to be able to come up with a way to do that and there was no way we were going to proceed without him.”

Meanwhile, there’s much happier news for Black Sails, which got a second season pick up before the first season even premieres. Albrecht explained the early vote of confidence, saying, “We love this show, so it was definitely the strength of what we saw, our realization that time is a real resource when it comes to making these shows, and I think the Comic-Con reaction certainly reenforced what we knew ourselves.”  The first season of the Michael Bay-produced series premieres in January.
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50 Cent teams up with Starz for 'Power'-ful new drama

Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson is going back to the streets: Starz announced that it has greenlit Power, an hour-long drama executive produced by the rapper and actor. The series follows James “Ghost” St. Patrick, an ambitious New York club owner who leads a double life as a drug kingpin. Courtney Kemp Agboh, previously a writer-producer on The Good Wife, joins as showrunner.
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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.

Read more:
‘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

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