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« on: August 08, 2012, 05:30:15 AM »

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Making a move into TV, Michael Bay is teaming with Starz for Black Sails, an upcoming pirate adventure series that serves as a prequel to Treasure Island. The eight-episode first season will focus on Captain Flint and his men, twenty years before the events of the Robert Louis Stevenson classic.

Starz's official description reads: "Flint, the most brilliant and most feared pirate captain of his day, takes on a fast-talking young addition to his crew who goes by the name John Silver. Threatened with extinction on all sides, they fight for the survival of New Providence Island, the most notorious criminal haven of its day Ė a debauched paradise teeming with pirates, prostitutes, thieves and fortune seekers, a place defined by both its enlightened ideals and its stunning brutality."

Said Bay, "I'm excited to branch out into television, especially doing a long-form series for Starz, a network known for supporting cutting edge programming."

http://tv.ign.com/articles/122/1224266p1.html

Seems Starz is really working on getting some good shows out after axing Spartacus!  mad
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« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2014, 06:16:53 AM »

Finally a year and a half later.

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Starz, for its latest original series, will set sail on its most comprehensive sampling and marketing campaign to date.

Executive-produced by Transformers overseer Michael Bay, Black Sails will make its U.S. linear premiere on Starz on Jan. 25 at 9 p.m. (ET/PT). The show, which has already been renewed for a sophomore season, will air in more than 120 countries/territories worldwide.

Prior to the linear launch of the prequel to Robert Louis Stevensonís classic Treasure Island, Starz will engage in a multiplatform sampling initiative and linear preview effort beginning Jan. 18 that encompasses online and on-demand platforms, including traditional multichannel/MVPD afiliates and non-traditional digital partners such as Amazon Instant Video, iTunes Podcasts, Machinima, Maxim and Xbox Video.

Starz's pirate series, Black SailsBuilding on gambits it has deployed to introduce other originals, including DaVinciís Demons, Magic City and the Spartacus franchise, Starzís unprecedented flag-waving for Black Sails is aimed at boosting awareness for the show and the brand, viewing and ultimately consumer acquisition of the service.

http://www.multichannel.com/distribution/starz-waves-marketing-flag-black-sails/147655
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« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2014, 06:00:53 PM »

Full Premier episode is up.

http://www.starz.com/originals/blacksails/videos/video/371

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v68pX9k4PJY
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« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2014, 09:45:46 PM »

Why is it on Youtube? That can't be legal, can it?
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« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2014, 03:03:04 AM »

Episode 1 was meant to be free to help boost awareness for the show.

http://www.tv.com/shows/black-sails/community/post/black-sails-pilot-episode-free-preview-139016195190/

Takes you to the same Youtube link.

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« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2014, 07:32:46 PM »

Legitimate companies put things on YouTube all the time.

Never heard of this before today, when I saw a freestanding display thing for it at WalMart... then saw this thread. Bay. Meh.
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« Reply #6 on: January 22, 2014, 10:57:38 AM »

it's okay, but the Hygiene of the characters throw me off, especially the pearly white teeth..   It's a meh so far
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« Reply #7 on: January 22, 2014, 07:45:04 PM »

Quote from: Soulchilde on January 22, 2014, 10:57:38 AM

it's okay, but the Hygiene of the characters throw me off, especially the pearly white teeth..   It's a meh so far

That's funny. I'm noticing the perfect teeth in a lot of shows now where it just stands out.

Even in modern day shows they can bother me. Like in Bates Motel one of the sons has these super white and perfect teeth that stands out in contrast to who his character is supposed to be (poor and a bit of a drifter). So any time he flashes those things it just is a bit jarring to see.
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« Reply #8 on: January 22, 2014, 09:49:19 PM »

Quote from: Crawley on January 22, 2014, 07:45:04 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on January 22, 2014, 10:57:38 AM

it's okay, but the Hygiene of the characters throw me off, especially the pearly white teeth..   It's a meh so far

That's funny. I'm noticing the perfect teeth in a lot of shows now where it just stands out.

Even in modern day shows they can bother me. Like in Bates Motel one of the sons has these super white and perfect teeth that stands out in contrast to who his character is supposed to be (poor and a bit of a drifter). So any time he flashes those things it just is a bit jarring to see.

I always think of the bar scene in one of the Back to the Future movies where he's in the old west. A guy walks up to Fox and yells something like "Where'd you get those pearly white teeth!"
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« Reply #9 on: January 28, 2014, 08:33:07 AM »

Was I the only one who felt slightly insulted by this show? I watched the first episode last night, and while it was very pretty, even on my aging tv, I found the lesbian sex annoying. It's become a thing that new shows thinks that have to show tits and ass to reel in the viewers and this show is no different. The lesbians were clearly there only for the reason that they want the dudebros I guess its called to go "Hell yeah" and tune in the next time. I'd much rather they made a show that was good (Like True Detective) and in that way reeled in their audience.

I'm no prude - hell, I'm from Denmark where we liberated sex 50 years ago and used to nudity amongst all genders both beaches and other places, but this just makes me sad and somewhat annoyed.

Its not a new thing, but it has become increasingly difficult to gloss over. The very first episode of X-Files had Gillian Andersen in bra and undies. That was the only time it happened in that particular show and thats..well, bearable I guess. I would just like to enjoy the show for what it is, and for however much gratuitous sex and violence they show.

Other than that, the show was...well, competent but ultimately not very interesting to me.
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« Reply #10 on: January 28, 2014, 06:24:55 PM »

I think Starz has the feeling that Spartacus was primarily a hit because of the rather explicit nudity, so they probably believe (mistakenly, imho....the intrigue and characters were enough to keep me hooked on that series) that the same thing will make Black Sails a hit right out of the gate.

I felt it was just okay.  It felt too politically correct though in that they created multiple women of power when the reality of the time was far more misogynistic. 

However, the aforementioned Spartacus turned out to be one damn fine show after the real story kicked in, so I'll stick around to see if this happens with Black Sails as well.
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« Reply #11 on: January 28, 2014, 08:19:49 PM »

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I felt it was just okay.  It felt too politically correct though in that they created multiple women of power when the reality of the time was far more misogynistic. 

Except they turn right around and have two of the main chicks have a lesbo scene right away. There's promise here and I realize there's going to be a certain amount the sex cause its Starz, but they need to take a look at other premium cable channels like HBO and Showtime that can have adult content without always going to titillation for viewers.
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« Reply #12 on: March 28, 2014, 09:49:06 PM »

Excellent end to season 1. Looks like we are setup for a good opening battle when Season 2 launches next year. A whole year to wait is tough for a show as good as this.
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« Reply #13 on: March 28, 2014, 10:23:54 PM »

Is there even going to be a season 2? I have not seen any news that there will be one.

It certainly was not what I expected from a pirate show. Surprisingly, a lot of it was land locked in the town dealing with political and interpersonal drama. Kind of disappointed that there was not much in the way of stuff out at sea. The end with the battle against the Spanish galleon was pretty cool though.
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« Reply #14 on: March 28, 2014, 11:55:08 PM »

Yes Starz renewed Black Sails for a second season.

I was over all impressed by Season 1, it obviously had a decent budget, along with politics and battles to keep you interested. While it will never replace Spartacus, it's probably the next best show from Starz.
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