Starz's TCA panel: 'Black Sails' renewed, focus is on original programming

By Kyle Johnson,

At Starz's Television Critics Association panel on Friday, CEO Chris Albrecht explained that the subscription network is looking to increase its original programming. He noted that Black Sails has already been renewed, despite the series not having premiered yet.

According to Deadline, though original programming is but a small percentage of what the network currently airs, it is already becoming most of the network's top telecasts.

Albrecht outlined the upcoming new programs due for Starz, including Black Sails, Outlander, Power and the second season of Da Vinci's Demons. He also explained that Starz was busy developing a ballet drama called Flesh And Bone, Survivor's Remorse, as well as WonderWorld and The White Queen sequel series The White Princess.

White Princess suffered a minor setback as BBC decided to not continue with the show, but Starz is continuing to move ahead as it did better for them.

Albrecht also explained the early renewal for pirate drama Black Sails noting, "In order to get shows back on the air 12 months after they originally air, they need time." The Hollywood Reporter notes, he did also add that the big series also need to "at some point ... make a case for itself, business-wise."

During the panel, a question was asked about how the network loves "boobs and blood," and Starz managing director Carmi Zlotnik defended that saying, "If it goes to inform the character or drive the plot, then it's not gratuitous."

image: Starz



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