March 23, 2010 |
There's no confusing Starz's "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" with Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar." In the pay TV channel's adaptation of the tale of the rebel Roman slave, the battle cries from the Classical Age have, well, a distinctly 21st century ring ("My boot will meet your ass in the afterlife!"). The sexual intrigue seems lifted right out of a VH1 dating show (when a socialite decides to buy one of the gladiators-in-training, the men are ordered to drop their loincloths so she can make an informed choice)
August 13, 2008 |
Liberty Media Corp.'s pay TV subsidiary Starz is pulling the plug on its Vongo movie-download service in favor of letting Verizon Communications Inc. and other affiliates market a similar service. Starz said it had notified visitors to Vongo's website that it was no longer accepting new subscribers as of Aug. 1 and that the Vongo service would cease after Sept. 30. It directed users to sign up for Starz Play, an identical service offered through Verizon for $5.99 a month, regardless of whether they were already a Verizon customer.
February 26, 2013 |
Dancing with the Starz? The network announced Tuesday that it has partnered with dancer/singer/actress Julianne Hough and her dancer/actor brother Derek Hough--both of whom have graced the "Dancing With the Stars" stage--to develop the new original series "Blackpool," set in the world of international competitive ballroom dancing. "Derek and I are thrilled to be working with Starz," Julianne Hough said in a statement. We feel that their passion and the style, and quality of their programming provide the perfect environment to capture the true essence of this world that Derek and I know so well and means so much to us. " The siblings will executive produce and serve as head choreographers for the series.
September 3, 2013 |
Not content with two straight NBA championships. LeBron James is spreading his very expansive wings into the world of television. The Miami Heat forward is teaming up with writer/actor Mike O'Malley, business partner Maverick Carter and Tom Werner, the veteran producer of classic comedies "Roseanne" and "The Cosby Show," to develop a sitcom for the premium cable channel Starz. "Survivor's Remorse" is to follow two successful young men from...
December 6, 2012 |
After the coffee. Before figuring out why I have no desire to see "The Hobbit. " The Skinny: Was it a "Modern Family" rerun Wednesday night or did my DVR fail me? Someone let me know, please. Thursday's headlines include a look at the Grammy nominations, questions about the future of pay cable channel Starz and an appreciation of Dave Brubeck. Daily Dose: Today we dip into some Page Six-style news. Company Town Editor Claudia Eller was at Barney's on Wednesday on the elevator when she noticed that the couple riding with her looked familiar.
December 28, 2012 |
After the coffee. Before figuring out where this year went. The Skinny: We made it through this week in one piece. Now we just have to get through next week until things start to return to normal. Friday's headlines include a preview of the weekend box office, a profile of the pay channel Starz and another change in the works on Fox's "The X Factor. " Daily Dose: Democratic Rep. Ed Markey of Massachusetts has thrown his hat in the ring for John Kerry's Senate seat, which will open up should the Kerry be confirmed as secretary of State.
January 24, 2013 |
Click here to download TV listings for the week of Jan. 20 - 16, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies SERIES Nikita: Nikita (Maggie Q) joins forces with Owen (Devon Sawa) to bring down a rogue "cleaner" (Pedro Pascal), while Michael (Shane West) assumes a new position at Division and where he watches Nikita and Owen work together in this new episode (8 p.m. KTLA). Shakespeare Uncovered: In this new six-part series the story behind Shakespeare's greatest plays is presented by celebrity hosts.
January 10, 2014 |
Being a pirate is filthy business. That's what Starz wants viewers to take away from its new pirate series, "Black Sails. " Set during the Golden Age of piracy in a remote Bahamas outpost, the show is told as a vicious prequel to the classic Robert Louis Stevenson novel "Treasure Island. " It shows the famous and mysterious Captain Flint at the beginning of his messianic quest to amass the largest trove of treasure the world has ever seen. PHOTOS: The scene at TCA 2014 During the Television Critics Assn.
July 6, 2012 |
Click here to download TV listings for the week of July 8 - 14 in PDF format TV listings for the week of July 8 - 14 in PDF format are also available here This week's TV Movies SERIES NYC 22: Training officer Daniel "Yoda" Dean (Terry Kinney) recalls his own days as a rookie on a new episode of the police drama (8 p.m. CBS); another new episode follows at 9 p.m. The Firm: Mitch (Josh Lucas) and his team prepare for jury selection in the Walker case on a new episode of the legal drama (10 p.m. NBC)
December 28, 2012 |
Pay-TV channel Starz is trying to chart a new orbit. Early next year, its parent company, Liberty Media, plans to spin off the premium network and its sister channel Encore into a new, stand-alone, publicly traded company. Such a move would normally be cause for celebration. But for Starz, the separation comes amid uncertainty. Its track record producing original shows has been mixed. The market is getting increasingly crowded not only from Starz's traditional competitors, HBO and Showtime, but also from new rivals including Netflix, Amazon and Redbox.