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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.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 5, 2014 | By Ellen Gray
* PARTNERS. 9 and 9:30 tonight, FX. TWO DECADES ago, Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence were playing very different broadcast personalities on very different hit shows. Tonight, the stars of "Frasier" and "Martin" join forces in a new FX sitcom, "Partners," as very different Chicago lawyers. "We sat down in a room about two years ago and just fell in love," Grammer said of the otherwise unromantic-sounding process that led them back to TV. "Partners," which shares a name with at least two previous sitcoms, is the latest cable comedy to be sold on the "10/90" model, in which a network orders 10 episodes, whose ratings performance may trigger an order for 90 more, as it did with Charlie Sheen's "Anger Management.
NEWS
April 3, 2011 | By Jonathan Storm, Inquirer Columnist
April in the land of television. No holiday tables, but a couple of chestnuts and way too much programming for any single person to keep up with. For a long, long time, most of the new shows came in September, when the days grew short. "Aha," said the cable channels, "we'll counterprogram in the charm of spring, when there's nothing new. " And then there was something new: a TV logjam of monumental proportions. Hot on the heels of Starz's lusty Camelot , which premiered Friday, come three more new big-deal productions on Sunday, all the kind of "event" television that TV execs are constantly touting.
BUSINESS
December 16, 2009 | By Bob Fernandez INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Comcast Corp. yesterday launched its "TV Everywhere" service that puts HBO, Starz, and other cable networks online for 8 million to 10 million customers who subscribe to both cable-TV and broadband Internet service. Those subscribers can go to Fancast.com to view Comcast entertainment and news not previously available online. For access, a subscriber submits their Comcast e-mail and password on Fancast.com or Comcast.net. The service makes available most of the same content that a Comcast subscriber gets on their cable-TV service.
SPORTS
June 4, 2001 | By Chris Goldberg FOR THE INQUIRER
Lisa Ring says she doesn't know anything about the gripping story of 76ers guard Eric Snow, who heroically played in the NBA Eastern Conference finals with a broken ankle. But Snow, or any of his fans, would likely be proud of Lisa Ring's resilience. The 16-year-old member of the Spirit Gymnastics Team broke both her ankles during the floor exercise at a practice session in February 2000. That made her gold medal in the floor exercise yesterday in Level 8 even more special as athletes finished the third and final day of the Keystone State Games competition at the Spirit Training Center in Upper Gwynedd Township.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 31, 2011
THE KILLING. 9 p.m. Sunday, AMC. CHAOS. 8 p.m. Friday, CBS3. CAMELOT. 10 p.m. Friday, Starz. SEATTLE HOMICIDE detective Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) is halfway out the door and on her way to a new life in sunnier climes when a blood-soaked, pink sweater turns up in the city's sprawling Discovery Park. Sarah won't be going anywhere fast and neither will "The Killing," which makes its two-hour premiere Sunday on AMC, home of "Mad Men," "Breaking Bad" and "The Walking Dead.
BUSINESS
April 25, 2003 | By Akweli Parker INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Now that it is the biggest player in the cable industry, Comcast Corp. has more clout than ever to demand better prices for the programming it buys. So, how long before those savings get passed along to customers who have been subjected to annual rate hikes of 5 percent or more? "Everything we are doing is to mitigate the cost side so that we can have more stable pricing for our customers and offer more innovative features," Brian L. Roberts, Comcast's president and chief executive officer, said in an interview.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 8, 2011 | By Howard Gensler
DR. CONRAD MURRAY , the cardiologist who became Michael Jackson 's personal anesthesiologist and medical yes-man, was convicted yesterday of involuntary manslaughter after less than nine hours of jury deliberation, ending a trial that painted him as a careless caregiver who administered a lethal dose of propofol to the pop star. Members of Michael's family wept quietly after the verdict. Mother Katherine Jackson later told the Associated Press, "I feel better now. " Asked if she was confident in the outcome, she said, "Yes I was. " La Toya Jackson told the AP she was overjoyed.
NEWS
October 18, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
What a strange time the 1930s must have been. The world was hurtling toward a cataclysm of unimaginable proportions, yet there was a stunning flowering of the arts, of hope and of new ideas in the West as painters and philosophers, poets, and musicians congregated in New York and London, in Paris and Berlin. That's the world so vividly captured by the brilliant British playwright and screenwriter Stephen Poliakoff ( The Lost Prince ) in Dancing on the Edge , a grand ensemble drama with a stunning cast that includes Chiwetel Ejiofor, Janet Montgomery, Jacqueline Bisset, Anthony Head, John Goodman, Matthew Goode, and Angel Coulby.
NEWS
June 6, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Despite all its pomp and circumstance, Baz Luhrmann's 2013 movie The Great Gatsby was hardly the most innovative iteration of F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 masterpiece. Unlikely as it seems, that honor may well belong to Power (9 p.m. Saturday on Starz), a contemporary crime drama that counts Curtis Jackson, a.k.a. rapper 50 Cent, as one of its executive producers. Created by Courtney Kemp Agboh, the Emmy-nominated writer/producer of The Good Wife , and fueled by a powerful yet understated performance by Omari Hardwick, the series captures the spirit of Fitzgerald's novel while telling a story that's very much of our time.
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