Starz: ‘Da Vinci’s Demons” Premiere Date Set, ‘Magic City’ Season Two Trailer (VIDEOS)

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Via Press Release:

STARZ BRINGS NEWS FROM WALES, MIAMI AND CAPE TOWN TO THE 2013 WINTER TCA TOUR

DAVID S. GOYER’S “DA VINCI’S DEMONS” TO PREMIERE

ON FRIDAY, APRIL 12

TRAILER FOR SEASON 2 OF “MAGIC CITY” RELEASED

MICHAEL BAY EXEC PRODUCED “BLACK SAILS” BEGINS PRODUCTION

starz-150x100Beverly Hills, CA. – STARZ presented updates on several of its upcoming original series to television critics in Pasadena.

Highly anticipated historical drama “Da Vinci’s Demons,” written and directed by David S. Goyer, will premiere on Friday, April 12, 2013 at 9pm ET/PT. A new extended trailer for the series was also released.

“Da Vinci’s Demons” follows the ‘untold’ story of the world’s greatest genius during his turbulent youth in Renaissance Florence. Brilliant and passionate, the twenty-five year old Leonardo Da Vinci is an artist, inventor, swordsman, lover, dreamer and idealist. As a free thinker, with intellect and talents that are almost superhuman, he struggles to live within the confines of his own reality and time. He begins to not only see the future, but invent it.

The series stars Tom Riley (“Monroe,” I Want Candy), Laura Haddock (The Inbetweeners Movie, “Honest,” Captain America: The First Avenger), Elliot Cowan (“Marchlands,” “The Fixer,” “Lost in Austen”), Lara Pulver (“True Blood,” “Sherlock,” “Robin Hood”) and Blake Ritson (RocknRollaTitus, “World Without End”).

STARZ also released a new trailer for season two of the 1960’s Miami based drama “Magic City,” which will return this summer with new cast members; legendary James Caan and Esai Morales.

This season Ike Evans (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) risks everything in a life and death battle to rid his Miramar Playa Hotel of the mob and Ben “The Butcher” Diamond (Danny Huston). Ike’s dangerous plan to defeat Ben takes Ike from Havana’s glamorous casinos to dealings with a new devil – Ben’s boss in the Chicago Outfit (Caan). Ike’s wife Vera (Olga Kurylenko) gets a second chance at her former dancing glory, while sons Stevie (Steven Strait) and Danny (Christian Cooke) drift farther from Ike — Stevie toward the power and rewards of Ben’s dark world, Danny into the moral righteousness of State’s Attorney Jack Klein. Changes in Castro’s Cuba ripple to the shores of Miami Beach, and a new world order begins to tear the Evans family apart. Even if Ike’s long-shot gamble to take back his hotel succeeds, will the price of victory be too high?

Season one cast Kelly Lynch, Jessica Marais, Elena Satine, Dominik Garcia-Lorido, Taylor Blackwell and Yul Vazquez all return.

Production officially began in Cape Town, South Africa on the new STARZ Original series “Black Sails” (working title) from executive producer Michael Bay and Platinum Dunes with Neil Marshall (The Descent) set to direct the first episode. The straight-to-series eight episode first season of the pirate adventure centers on the tales of Captain Flint and his men, and takes place twenty years prior to Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic “Treasure Island.” The series will air in 2014.

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 – a debauched paradise teeming with pirates, prostitutes, thieves and fortune seekers, a place defined by both its enlightened ideals and its stunning brutality.

Luke Arnold (“McLeod’s Daughters,” “Rush,” Broken Hill) will star alongside Zach McGowan (“Shameless”), Toby Stephens (“Robin Hood,” Die Another Day), Hannah New (“El Tiempo Entre Costuras,” Fuga De Cerebros 2,Maleficent) and Jessica Parker Kennedy “The Secret Circle,” 50/50In Time).

 “Black Sails” will be executive produced by Michael Bay (Transformers, Armageddon, Pearl Harbor) and his Platinum Dunes partners Brad Fuller and Andrew Form who produces The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) and Nightmare on Elm Street (2009). The series is created by showrunner and executive producer Jon Steinberg (“Jericho,” “Human Target”) and co-executive producer Robert Levine (“Touch”).

About Starz Entertainment
Starz Entertainment, LLC, is a premium movie and original programming entertainment service provider operating in the United States. The company offers 17 premium channels including the flagship STARZ® and ENCORE®brands with approximately 20.8 million and 34.3 million subscribers respectively. Starz Entertainment airs in total more than 1,000 movies and original series every month across its pay TV channels. Starz Entertainment is recognized as a pay TV leader in providing HD, On Demand, HD On Demand and online advanced services for its STARZ, ENCORE and MOVIEPLEX brands. Starz Entertainment (www.starz.com) is an operating unit of Starz, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation (NASDAQ: LMCA).

Starz: ‘Boss’ Canceled, But May Not Be Completely Dead

Starz has decided not to renew its low-rated, albeit critically acclaimed political series, Boss, starring Kelsey Grammar as the terminally-ill, corrupt and ruthless mayor of modern-day Chicago, Tom Kane.  That being said, the word is that there are discussions currently taking place to wrap up the series with a two-hour (presumably television and NOT big-screen) movie.

From Starz:

“After much deliberation, we have made the difficult decision to not proceed with (a third season of) Boss. We remain proud of this award-winning show, its exceptional cast and writers, and are grateful to Kelsey Grammer, Farhad Safinia and our partners at Lionsgate TV.”

‘The Walking Dead,’ ‘Battlestar Galactica’ Composer Bear McCreary To Score Starz’ ‘Da Vinci’s Demons’

Sign me up for this soundtrack.

Via Press Release:

STARZ TEAMS UP WITH CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED COMPOSER BEAR MCCREARY FOR ANTICIPATED ADVENTURE SERIES “DA VINCI’S DEMONS”

McCreary to Compose Original Score for Series Exploring the Early Life of the Famed Genius from David S. Goyer

Los Angeles, CA – November 13, 2012 – Starz Entertainment and BBC Worldwide Productions announced today that groundbreaking composer Bear McCreary (“The Walking Dead,” “Battlestar Galactica”) will serve as the musical composer for the upcoming historical fantasy “Da Vinci’s Demons,” which will premiere on STARZ in the U.S. and will be distributed by BBC Worldwide in international territories in Spring 2013.  The eight-episode series, written by David S. Goyer (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, Man of Steel) who also directed the first two episodes, follows the ‘untold’ story of the world’s greatest genius, Leonardo da Vinci, during his turbulent youth in Renaissance Florence.

Goyer commented, “I’ve been a fan of Bear’s since hearing his score for ‘Battlestar Galactica,’ which was inspired and unexpected.  We wanted something similarly grand, but unconventional for ‘Da Vinci’s Demons’.”

Emmy® Award nominated, McCreary is one of the leading musical composers in television and has worked on some of the most successful shows in the medium.  At the age of 24, he received widespread acclaim for his groundbreaking score to SyFy’s hit series “Battlestar Galactica,” for which he composed, “the most innovative music on TV today,” according to Variety.  He was declared as one of the “Ten Best Science Fiction Composers of All Time,” by io9.com, listing him alongside legends John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith and Bernard Herrmann.

McCreary’s recent credits include AMC’s smash hit, “  His score for the FOX series “Human Target” featured the largest orchestra ever assembled in the history of series television and earned him his first Emmy® nomination.  McCreary’s many other credits include: “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles,” “Eureka,” “Caprica,” “Trauma” and “The Cape.” His feature film work includes the upcoming Knights of Badassdom (starring Peter Dinklage and Summer Glau) and his videogame credits include Sony’s successful SOCOM 4: U.S. NAVY SEALs. With degrees in composition and recording arts from the prestigious Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California, McCreary’s professional training came from film music legend Elmer Bernstein (The Magnificent Seven, The Ten Commandments).  He has also conducted orchestral performances of his music in North America and Europe and has been invited to conduct at film music festivals such as Fimucité in Tenerife and the International Film Music Festival in Úbeda, Spain. The Walking Dead,” on which he collaborated with writer / director Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption) and producer Gale Anne Hurd (The Terminator).

“Da Vinci’s Demons” will star Tom Riley, who has received wide critical acclaim in the UK for his performances in theater, film and on television and was nominated by the Drama Desk Awards for his performance in the 2011 Tony® Award nominated Broadway play, “Arcadia.”  Riley’s co-stars include Laura Haddock (The Inbetweeners Movie, “Honest,” Captain America: The First Avenger) who plays the celebrated beauty with obscure motives, Lucrezia Donati; Elliot Cowan (“Marchlands,” “The Fixer,” “Lost in Austen”) who plays the shrewd de factor ruler of Florence, Lorenzo Medici; and Lara Pulver (“True Blood,” “Sherlock,” “Robin Hood”), who plays his wife Clarice Orsini.  David S. Goyer, co-writer of blockbuster and critically-acclaimed films Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, and writer of the upcoming Man of Steel, is showrunner.  Julie Gardner is Executive Producer, along with BBC Worldwide Productions’ Head Jane Tranter.  The series is currently in production in Wales.  

About Starz Entertainment 
Starz Entertainment, LLC, is a premium movie and original programming entertainment service provider operating in the United States. The company offers 17 premium channels including the flagship STARZ®and ENCORE® brands with approximately 20.8 million and 34.3 million subscribers respectively.  Starz Entertainment airs in total more than 1,000 movies and original series every month across its pay TV channels. Starz Entertainment is recognized as a pay TV leader in providing HD, On Demand, HD On Demand and online advanced services for its STARZ, ENCORE and MOVIEPLEX brands.  Starz Entertainment (www.starz.com) is an operating unit of Starz, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation (NASDAQ: LMCA).

 About BBC Worldwide Productions

BBC Worldwide Productions is one of five core businesses under BBC Worldwide America, the U.S. division of the main commercial arm and wholly-owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), BBC Worldwide. Led by Jane Tranter, BBC Worldwide Productions is based in Los Angeles and develops and produces scripted and non-scripted projects for U.S. cable and broadcast networks, as well as digital platforms. The production company is responsible for various titles currently on air and in production including Da Vinci’s Demons (Starz), Criminal Justice (HBO), Getting On(HBO), Top Gear (HISTORY), Torchwood: Miracle Day (Starz) Breaking Pointe (CW), Richard Hammond’s Crash Course (BBC AMERICA), What Not to Wear (TLC), The Week the Women Went(Lifetime) and the cultural phenomenon, Dancing with the Stars (ABC).

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Starz: ‘Sparatcus: War Of The Damned’ Premiere Date Announced

Starz has announced that the final installment of the Spartacus franchise, Spartacus: War of the Damned will premiere on January 25th, 2013 at 9:00 p.m. on the network.  That is all.  Carry on.

Starz To Air All Three Seasons of Spartacus In June and July

Via Press Release:

Marathon to Begin Airing Friday, June 8th at 9 PM ET/PT

Beverly Hills, Calif., May 24, 2012 – For the first time, Starz will air all 29 episodes of Spartacus in chronological order, beginning with “Gods of the Arena,” then “Blood and Sand,” and concluding with “Vengeance,” Friday nights from 9pm – 11pm ET/PT, beginning June 8th.

“Spartacus: Gods of the Arena”

Episodes to air June 8 & 15

 

June 8 9pm Past Transgressions
10pm Missio
11pm Paterfamilias
June 15 9pm Beneath The Mask
10pm Reckoning
11pm The Bitter End (Series Finale)

The House of Batiatus is on the rise, basking in the glow of its infamous champion Gannicus (Dustin Clare), whose skill with a sword is matched only by his thirst for wine and women. These are the times a young Batiatus has been waiting for. Poised to overthrow his father and take control; he’ll freely betray anyone to ensure his gladiators are in the highest demand. And he’ll have his loyal and calculating wife Lucretia by his side for every underhanded scheme, drawing on the brazen talents of her seductive friend Gaia when it counts. Together, they will stop at nothing to deceive the masses, seize power, and bleed Capua dry.

“Spartacus: Blood and Sand”

Episodes to air June 22, 29 and July 6, 13, 20

 

June 22 9pm          The Red Serpent
10pm Sacramentum Gladiatorum
11pm Legends
June 29 9pm The Thing In The Pit
10pm Shadow Games
11pm Delicate Things
July 6 9pm Great And Unfortunate Things
10pm Mark Of The Brotherhood
11pm Whore
July 13 9pm Party Favors
10pm Old Wounds
11pm Revelations
July 20 9pm Kill Them All (Series Finale)

 

Betrayed by the Romans. Forced into slavery. Reborn as a Gladiator. Torn from his Homeland and the woman he loves, Spartacus (Andy Whitfield) is condemned to the brutal world of the arena where blood and death are primetime entertainment. But not all battles are fought upon the sands.  Treachery, corruption, and the allure of sensual pleasures will constantly test Spartacus. To survive, he must become more than a man. More than a gladiator. He must become a legend.

“Spartacus: Vengeance”

Episodes to air July 20, 27 and August 3, 10

 

July 20 10pm Fugitivus
11pm A Place In This World
July 27 9pm The Greater Good
10pm Empty Hands
11pm Libertus
August 3 9pm Chosen Path
10pm Sacramentum
11pm Balance
August 10 9pm Monsters
10pm Wrath Of The Gods (Series Finale)

On the heels of the bloody escape from the House of Batiatus, the gladiator rebellion continues and begins to strike fear into the heart of the Roman Republic. Gaius Claudius Glaber and his Roman troops are sent to Capua to crush the growing band of freed slaves that Spartacus (Liam McIntyre) leads before it can inflict further damage. Spartacus is presented The Choice of satisfying his personal need for vengeance against the man that condemned his wife to slavery and eventual death, or making the larger sacrifices necessary to keep his budding army from breaking apart.

           

The “Spartacus” series is executive produced by Rob Tapert (The Grudge, “Xena: Warrior Princess” and “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys”), Steven S. DeKnight (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), Sam Raimi (Spider-Man and The Evil Dead), and Joshua Donen (The Quick and the Dead).

About Starz Entertainment
Starz Entertainment, LLC, is a premium movie and original programming entertainment service provider operating in the United States. The company offers 17 premium channels including the flagship STARZ® and ENCORE® brands with approximately 20.1 million and 33.6 million subscribers respectively.  Starz Entertainment airs in total more than 1,000 movies and original series every month across its pay TV channels. Starz Entertainment is recognized as a pay TV leader in providing HD, On Demand, HD On Demand and online advanced services for its STARZ, ENCORE and MOVIEPLEX brands.  Starz Entertainment (www.starz.com) is an operating unit of Starz, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation (NASDAQ: LMCA).

STARZ: Summer Premiere Date For Boss Announced, Details About Season Two!

One of our favorite new shows of last year, Boss, is coming back on Friday August 17th!  Full details below about the new season.

Via Press Release:

JONATHAN GROFF, SANAA LATHAN AND SPECIAL GUEST STAR TIP HARRIS (T.I.) JOIN CAST

LED BY GOLDEN GLOBE® WINNER KELSEY GRAMMER

Beverly Hills, CA. – April 11th—The STARZ Original Series “Boss” is set to premiere its second season on Friday, August 17th at 10pm ET/PT. Starring Kelsey Grammer in his Golden Globe®- winning role as fictional Chicago Mayor Tom Kane, the series also stars Connie Nielsen, Hannah Ware, Jeff Hephner, Kathleen Robertson, Troy Garity and Rotimi. Produced by Lionsgate, “Boss” earned a Golden Globe® nomination for Best Drama Series for its debut season and is currently shooting season two in Chicago.

Joining the ensemble cast as series regulars this season are Jonathan Groff (Spring Awakening, “Glee”) as Ian Todd, a smart and ambitious young advisor to Kane, and Sanaa Lathan (“Nip/Tuck,” A Raisin in the Sun), Alderman Ross’ strong-willed and politically savvy Chief of Staff. Special guest star Tip Harris, who is known internationally as rapper T.I. (“American Gangster,” “Takers”), will be featured as Trey, a former gangbanger with designs on a career in City Hall. Additional guest stars include Amy Morton (Up in the Air, “Private Practice”) as State Senator Catherine Walsh, who has been defeated in her bid for Governor three times, but is now determined win.

Dee Johnson (“The Good Wife,” “ER”) will serve as executive producer along with series creator Farhad Safinia, Kelsey Grammer, Gus Van Sant, Brian Sher, and Stella Bulochnikov. The series is produced by Lionsgate Television in association with Grammnet NH Productions, Roya Productions and Small Wishes, Inc.

In season two of “Boss,” Kane ferociously beats back the physical symptoms of his illness with high doses of medication. But this comes at a cost — experiencing heightened psychological manifestations of the disease. Without his longtime advisors Stone and Kitty, Kane is also forced to reconfigure his inner circle. Surrounded by strangers and without much time left, he acts quickly to protect and repair his legacy by cutting out the cancers within the political machine. But as corrupt heads roll and his list of enemies grows, Kane’s virtuous actions begin to erode the very foundation of power he’s worked a lifetime to build. In order to maintain it, Kane must govern as he always has—ruthlessly.

REVIEW: Boss (Starz – Friday, 10:00 p.m.)

Mayor Tom Kane (Kelsey Grammer) sits like a spider at the center of Chicago’s web of power; a web built on a covenant with the people. They want to be led, they want disputes settled, jobs dispensed, and loyalties rewarded. If he achieves through deception and troubling morality, so be it. As long as he gets the job done, they look the other way.

Yet despite being the most effective mayor in recent history, a degenerative brain disorder is ripping everything away from him. He can’t trust his memory, his closest allies, or even himself.

Kane’s wife Meredith (Connie Nielsen) knows nothing. Theirs is a marriage of convenience. Kitty O’Neil (Kathleen Robertson), Kane’s advisor, has her suspicions but stays silent. And Kane’s political advisor Ezra Stone (Martin Donovan), a Yale graduate with a rough edge, remains questionless.

Only Emma (Hannah Ware), Kane’s estranged daughter, has a chance of learning his secret. This is going to be the toughest term yet for the Boss.  – Starz

95 out of 100

OK, so it’s confession time here at the ‘Tastic. You see, we’ve been doing a lot of experimenting lately based on stuff we’ve seen in television and film.  You know how they say on Mythbusters, “don’t try this at home,”  well, we’ve been trying this at home. Our most recent experiment is that we have been trying to create a matter treleportation device like in the two films, The Fly. Wouldn’t you know it, but like Vincent Price and Jeff Goldblum before us, we too let something get into the device that we shouldn’t have.  In our case, somehow we left DVD sets of HBO’s The Sopranos, The Wire and Boardwalk Empire in the thing and what came out was this show with Kelsey Grammar about the Chicago political machine called, Boss.

And that’s what Boss is.  It’s a hybrid of only the best parts of those great HBO series that have preceded it (and Showtime’s Brotherhood… wouldn’t want to leave them out) and we have to imagine that HBO is kicking themselves in their collective asses over not having this on their schedule.

We hate to say this, but this show defies all logic because it goes against all of the principles of good drama.  We’ve often said that in order for a show to succeed it has to have characters who are likable and relatable.   The cast of characters on Boss (including the protagonist, Mayor Tom Kane (Grammer)) is the most unlikable, unrelatable and despicable group you will ever encounter on television.  We absolutely hate these characters and want to see them all suffer yet we are uncontrollably compelled to keep tuning in.  What’s worse is that we keep trying to find some glimmer of humanity in these people and just when they seem a little vulnerable and – well, human – it’s gone as quickly as it came.  They are downright disgusting without ANY redeeming value and when they try moralize it just makes that impression worse.

In fact these characters are so awful that even though we recognized early on how well the show was written and how good the drama was, we were planning on suggesting that people pass on this simply because you feel dirty after watching it.  Then we got to the fourth episode and all bets were off and we recognized that this show is indeed the guiltiest of guilty pleasures and you can’t help but to fall in love with it.

Boss is absolutely epic and Shakespearean to the point that you realize if Shakespeare were alive today, he wouldn’t have written about Julius Caesar in Rome, he would have written about Tom Kane in Chicago.  The whole cast is absolutely brilliant in this with Grammar leading the way to shake off the Frasier Crane role once and for all and be recognized for the brilliant dramatic actor that he is.  And we have to say, this show is way more clever than we are because we were sure that the subplot regarding Kane’s estranged daughter was going to drag down the show but it turned out to be perhaps the most important aspect in understanding the nature of Tom Kane.

The only issues we have with the show are issues that most people would probably just overlook but we’ve been a around the block a few times and realize when we are being obnoxiously and cheaply hit over the head with a plot device.

The first issue is that Shakespearean dialogue that is laced ad nauseum with allegorical metaphors that often involve long, drawn-out historically relevant monologues that are designed to imply a connection to the current situation on the show and make the audience go, “Hmmmm… now I get it.”  What bugs us about this is that it’s a device that’s been used time and time again on dramatic television and Boss seems to overuse it as if they think the audience isn’t smart enough to get what’s going on without a PowerPoint presentation.  It’s a little insulting to us and we hope that they won’t beat that horse to death in season two like they did in season one.  We don’t mind its use but its overuse comes off as cheap and obvious, like the writers are overcompensating for an inability to write well and we know that’s certainly not an issue.

Speaking of being hit over the head, although we don’t mind beautiful naked women on television, Boss seems to be gratuitous about it, adopting the HBO mantra of “we do it because we can.”  In the past we’ve pointed out with HBO that the excessive use of sex, violence and profanity on their original programming has become a gimmick due to the fact that a lot of the writing on their shows isn’t what it used to be.  As noted, Boss doesn’t have this problem.  The characters are excessive and gratuitous all by themselves without the need for random nudity and sex scenes every five minutes.  Again, not that we mind T & A, it’s just that the excessive nature of it is a little unbecoming for the show and serves to cheapen it, slightly.

The only other issue that we have had is that the big, sudden twist at the end of the first season wasn’t really that much of twist.  We saw it coming because in the era of dramatic series that thrive on plot twists, the last guy you would expect should always be the first guy that you suspect.  Don’t get us wrong, there were enough other fantastic plot twists during the first season (especially during the last four episodes) to more than compensate for the “big one” so it really doesn’t bother us that much and it won’t bother you either and in fact, like we said, we just happen to be more attuned to these things, most people will still probably be surprised.

As much as we hate everyone on this show, Boss is by far one of the best shows on television.  You will not regret watching it and we think it’s a reason in and of itself to subscribe to Starz if you don’t already have it.

A note to Netflix subscribers:  Keep in mind that the Netflix/Starz content deal expires in January 2012 and will not be renewed.  The current contract has Starz programming airing sixty days after the final episode of a series airs, i.e., Boss will not be available for streaming on Netflix so the only way that you will be able to see it legally is on OnDemand through your cable provider, when it’s released on home video or through iTunes.

Geek Alert! Torchwood: Miracle Day Official Trailer Released

One day, nobody dies. All across the world, nobody dies. And then the next day, and the next, and the next, people keep aging — they get hurt and sick — but they never die. The result: a population boom, overnight.

With all the extra people, resources are finite. It’s said that in four month’s time, the human race will cease to be viable. But this can’t be a natural event – someone’s got to be behind it. It’s a race against time as C.I.A. agent Rex Matheson investigates a global conspiracy. The answers lie within an old, secret British institute. As Rex keeps asking “What is Torchwood?”, he’s drawn into a world of adventure, and a threat to change what it means to be human, forever. – Starz

Starz has released an official trailer for the upcoming series Torchwood: Miracle Day that actually contains footage from the new series as opposed to every other trailer out there. Now, when we say ‘new series,’ we use the phrase loosely as the series is only new to the U.S. in first-run.  It’s actually the fourth season of the BBC SciFi hit, Torchwood, which is a spinoff of the BBC SciFi hit Dr. Who. As an aside, here’s the thing we don’t get:  they call a season a ‘series’ in th U.K. So, this begs the question,  if they call a season a series what do the call a series?  Did we mention that their food is awful as well.

Anyway, we started watching Torchwood a few months ago on Netflix streaming and we love it and one of the things that’s so great about it is that the U.K., ironically, does not have the same kind of puritanical standards for broadcast television that we have here in the U.S.  Unlike Dr. Who, this show simply is not appropriate family viewing in the U.S. without serious editing (which is exactly what we assume they did when they aired the first three seasons on BBC America).  Honestly, this show can’t even be aired on F/X, and is the domain of premium cable exclusively and that’s why we’re thrilled that Starz picked this up instead of FOX, which was the original intention.  It would have been a watered-down mess if it had been on a Big-5 network.

Just by watching this trailer, it’s obvious that the U.S. treatment of this show is going to provide a much-deserved blockbuster film-feel upgrade, and look… Bill Pullman’s working again!  Now, we need to make clear that fans who have never watched the series shouldn’t be scared off by jumping into the fourth seasons.  First the show has been like The X-Files in both substance and style and even though there is a continuing story-arc, the episodes have stood on their own.  Now, this new season, as to be expected from any premium cable drama will obviously feature a self-contained story-arc over the course of the ten-episode season and even though you may have not watched it before, rest assured that the producers will fill you in on the pertinent details that you’ll need.  But, don’t forget, you can always get yourself acquainted by checking out the series on Netflix.  I mean, seriously… we’re only talking about 31 episodes and you have over a month to do it and there’s not that much else on TV, right now.

Torchwood: Miracle Day premieres on Starz on Friday July 8th at 10:00 p.m.  and we highly recommend it.  You’re going to have a blast.  By the way, if you’re one of the few people who have an Internet connection and don’t have Netflix, you can still watch full episodes of seasons one through three right on YouTube as apparently no one’s caught up to the fact that users have uploaded it.  Check it out here.