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August 7, 2014 | By Ellen Gray
* OUTLANDER. 9 p.m. Saturday, Starz.   CAN a premium-cable audience find romance with a time-traveling World War II nurse in 18th-century Scotland? Starz is betting on it, to the tune of at least 16 episodes. And I'm betting on Starz, whose new drama, "Outlander," is as welcoming to newcomers as it should be to the millions of fans of Diana Gabaldon's best-sellers, who have had more than 20 years to form mental pictures of Claire "Sassenach" Randall and Jamie Fraser, and are unlikely to have imagined better than the superbly cast Caitriona Balfe ("Super 8")
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August 6, 2013 | By Ellen Gray
* THE WHITE QUEEN. 8 p.m. Saturday, Starz. (Special preview at 10 p.m. Friday.) BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Royals are having a pop-culture moment. I'm not just talking about that infant whose birth launched all those TV news specials a few weeks back - but about the long-dead kings and queens who played the real-life game of thrones centuries ago. Helped along by novelist George R.R. Martin, who mixed dragons and direwolves with Britain's War of the Roses to create the fantasy history that spawned HBO's "Game of Thrones," the extravagantly costumed historical drama is back.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 25, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
THE LOS ANGELES TIMES reports that filmmaker Steven Soderbergh and Starz are bringing an anthology series of "The Girlfriend Experience," based on Soderbergh's 2009 film of the same name, to cable. The movie starred porn's Sasha Gray as a pricey Manhattan escort. The series will offer 13 episodes about 13 different women in 13 different cities, possibly getting paid for 13 different positions. Writing and directing will be indie filmmakers Lodge Kerrigan and Amy Seimetz . Co-executive producer Philip Fleishman said in a statement, "Many of these women are extremely accomplished.
NEWS
March 23, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Leonardo da Vinci is one of those impossibly gifted giants whose life was so remarkable, yet so full of mystery, it has inspired some seriously wacked-out theories. Dan Brown had da Vinci enmeshed in a millennia-old conspiracy hatched by the Catholic Church. There's plenty of the same off-the-wall madness in Da Vinci's Demons , writer-producer David S. Goyer's delirious TV drama that returns for a second season 9 p.m. Saturday on Starz. Off-the-wall? Saturday's episode opens atop Machu Picchu (in present-day Peru)
ENTERTAINMENT
April 5, 2012 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mitch Glazer has been breathing, thinking, and talking Magic City for decades. The show's creator, writer, and co-executive producer was born to it. Glazer, who grew up in Miami Beach, drew on his childhood memories to create Starz's lush new period drama, which premieres Friday at 10 p.m. for an eight-episode first season. Set in the late 1950s, Magic City stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Gray's Anatomy) as Ike Evans, a cabana boy turned tycoon who builds one of the first of the luxury hotel-resorts that came to define Miami Beach in the Rat Pack era. A widower, Ike lives in his shiny new palace with his two grown sons, Stevie (Steven Strait)
ENTERTAINMENT
October 21, 2011
* BOSS. 10 tonight, Starz. KELSEY Grammer and Tom Kane, the fictional Chicago mayor he plays in Starz's new drama "Boss," share the ability to speak, seemingly off the cuff, in flowing, beautifully enunciated paragraphs. It's to be hoped the resemblance ends there, since Kane is secretly ill with Lewy Body dementia, a progressive neurological disorder that at some point will rob him of much more than his perfect diction. Plus, he's not a very nice guy - to put it mildly - wielding power like a man who knows the business end of a hammer and interspersing his public musings with vicious private outbursts.
NEWS
August 25, 1997 | by Rose DeWolf, Daily News Staff Writer
Stand by for changes in your cable. Hey, not just new programs . . . new channels. PRISM, the premium channel that has offered a mix of local sports and movies here since 1976, is going out of business Sept. 30, along with SportsChannel, a sister service that many cable companies provided as part of their basic cable package. The majority of cable systems in the Philadelphia region have been carrying both, said PRISM/SportsChannel spokesman Mike Rosen. What will take their place?
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September 7, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Imagine if Michael Bay, of Transformers and Bad Boys fame, had directed the rom-com Bridget Jones's Diary , or if Oliver Stone remade Sleepless in Seattle . We'd get totally different - in those cases, ridiculously different - movies. The question of how various directors might handle the same story has always fascinated Hollywood producer Chris Moore, who made his name with the acclaimed 1997 sleeper hit Good Will Hunting and his fortune with the wildly successful American Pie franchise.
NEWS
April 7, 2015
An item in "On the Boards" Monday on appointments to the Temple University board of trustees incorrectly reported that trustee Patrick V. Larkin, area president for Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., was retired. Larkin is not retired and actively serves as the company's area president. A story Saturday on the Starz TV show Outlander wrongly described the number of episodes. There will be eight new episodes shown this spring for a season total of 16.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 21, 2010
THE PILLARS OF THE EARTH. 10 p.m. Friday, Starz. WRITING ABOUT television might not have been as interesting back in the days when there were only a handful of channels, but it had to have been simpler. For one thing, if a TV critic praised or panned a program, chances are it was one most readers would actually have the opportunity to see, assuming the rabbit ears worked. Now? We get what we pay for (or can otherwise track down), whether it's a first look at "Friday Night Lights" - whose seasons now run on DirecTV's 101 Network before coming to NBC - or another two years of "Damages," which won't be available to FX fans unless they're signed up for DirecTV and its 101 Network.
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June 2, 2015 | BY ELLEN GRAY, Daily News Television Critic graye@phillynews.com, 215-854-5950
SPOILER ALERT: This story includes plot points of recent episodes of Starz's "Outlander" and HBO's "Game of Thrones. " RAPE. Underreported, notoriously hard to prosecute and in some cases subject to disagreement about what the word even means, it's always been a tricky thing to talk about. And it turns out that having millions of witnesses doesn't make it any simpler. Television has long and successfully fed on stories of generic, victimized women, but as rape moves beyond the crime-of-the-week, the treatment's getting some pushback from viewers.
NEWS
April 7, 2015
An item in "On the Boards" Monday on appointments to the Temple University board of trustees incorrectly reported that trustee Patrick V. Larkin, area president for Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., was retired. Larkin is not retired and actively serves as the company's area president. A story Saturday on the Starz TV show Outlander wrongly described the number of episodes. There will be eight new episodes shown this spring for a season total of 16.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 31, 2015 | By Ellen Gray
* OUTLANDER. 9 p.m. Saturday, Starz. MORE THAN six months after Starz's "Outlander" left its time-traveling heroine the half-naked (and very much afraid) prisoner of a sadist, the series returns Saturday to find Claire (Caitriona Balfe) right where it left her. And some of you thought "Droughtlander" was long? "We shot that over two days. That was very intense," Balfe said, in an interview, of the scene with Tobias Menzies that bridges the two halves of the show's first season.
NEWS
October 5, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Fans of HBO's rags-to-riches comedy Entourage , about a young Boston actor who makes it big in Hollywood, will recognize the premise of Starz's new offering, Survivor's Remorse . The sitcom, premiering at 9 p.m. Saturday, is about a basketball prodigy from a Boston housing project who lands a multimillion-dollar contract to play pro ball for an unnamed team in Atlanta. Created, written, and directed by actor-producer Mike O'Malley ( Glee , Justified ), Survivor's Remorse attacks its familiar material with a brazen, bold, take-no-prisoners attitude.
NEWS
September 7, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Imagine if Michael Bay, of Transformers and Bad Boys fame, had directed the rom-com Bridget Jones's Diary , or if Oliver Stone remade Sleepless in Seattle . We'd get totally different - in those cases, ridiculously different - movies. The question of how various directors might handle the same story has always fascinated Hollywood producer Chris Moore, who made his name with the acclaimed 1997 sleeper hit Good Will Hunting and his fortune with the wildly successful American Pie franchise.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 7, 2014 | By Ellen Gray
* OUTLANDER. 9 p.m. Saturday, Starz.   CAN a premium-cable audience find romance with a time-traveling World War II nurse in 18th-century Scotland? Starz is betting on it, to the tune of at least 16 episodes. And I'm betting on Starz, whose new drama, "Outlander," is as welcoming to newcomers as it should be to the millions of fans of Diana Gabaldon's best-sellers, who have had more than 20 years to form mental pictures of Claire "Sassenach" Randall and Jamie Fraser, and are unlikely to have imagined better than the superbly cast Caitriona Balfe ("Super 8")
ENTERTAINMENT
June 25, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
THE LOS ANGELES TIMES reports that filmmaker Steven Soderbergh and Starz are bringing an anthology series of "The Girlfriend Experience," based on Soderbergh's 2009 film of the same name, to cable. The movie starred porn's Sasha Gray as a pricey Manhattan escort. The series will offer 13 episodes about 13 different women in 13 different cities, possibly getting paid for 13 different positions. Writing and directing will be indie filmmakers Lodge Kerrigan and Amy Seimetz . Co-executive producer Philip Fleishman said in a statement, "Many of these women are extremely accomplished.
NEWS
June 6, 2014 | By Ellen Gray
* POWER. 9 p.m. tomorrow, Starz. LELA LOREN is spending her summer hanging out with crime bosses looking to go legit. Loren, who has a recurring role in Fox's "Gang Related" (9 p.m. Thursdays), also stars opposite Omari Hardwick ("Being Mary Jane") in the new Starz drama "Power," where she's playing Angela Valdes, a government lawyer and the long-lost love of James "Ghost" St. Patrick (Hardwick). Ghost, who she once knew as Jamie, is a now-married drug lord who dreams of making his nightclub sideline his only business.
NEWS
March 23, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Leonardo da Vinci is one of those impossibly gifted giants whose life was so remarkable, yet so full of mystery, it has inspired some seriously wacked-out theories. Dan Brown had da Vinci enmeshed in a millennia-old conspiracy hatched by the Catholic Church. There's plenty of the same off-the-wall madness in Da Vinci's Demons , writer-producer David S. Goyer's delirious TV drama that returns for a second season 9 p.m. Saturday on Starz. Off-the-wall? Saturday's episode opens atop Machu Picchu (in present-day Peru)
NEWS
January 26, 2014 | By David Hiltbrand, Inquirer TV Critic
Captain Flint (Toby Stephens) is readying his men to make the biggest score of the century. The 18th century. Return with us now to the barnacled high-water mark for piracy, when merchant ships plied the Spanish Main at their peril. Black Sails (9 p.m. Saturday on Starz) is a bawdy, bodacious, and brutal eight-episode series set on the island of New Providence (the Bahamas) in 1715. It may take you a while to figure out who's who in this big, sunburned ensemble, so allow me to give you a head start.
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