TCA: Starz Renews Michael Bay’s ‘Black Sails’ Six Months Before Series Premiere

Black Sails Michael Bay Starz TCA

Early renewals also leveraged by GSN, Netflix this year

Starz has for the second time renewed a program before the series even debuts, this time with Michael Bay’s pirate drama “Black Sails.”

As it did with Kelsey Grammer-starrer “Boss” in 2011, Starz has picked up a second run of “Black Sails” in advance of its January premiere, ordering 10 episodes set to begin lensing in South Africa this November.

“Based on the strong fan response to the preview screening [of ‘Black Sails’] at last week’s Comic Con, we felt an early order for a second season would allow the writers, cast and crew enough time and space to continue crafting such unique and epic storytelling,” said Chris Albrecht, CEO of the pay TV net.

Creator and exec producer Jon Steinberg dubbed the renewal “an exciting vote of confidence.”

“Black Sails” centers on the tales of Captain Flint and takes place twenty years prior to Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Treasure Island.” Toby Stephens toplines the show, with Bay exec producing with Steinberg through Platinum Dunes.

Move by Starz follows similar renewals made by Netflix and GSN. Netflix offered two seasons to its first original effort “House of Cards” up front, and renewed “Orange is the New Black” for a new season before it bowed the season one episodes on the streaming platform this summer. GSN has renewed gameshow “The Chase” for a second season, as well, ahead of its series launch.

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  1. Frank W says:

    I had thought of developing a pirate series with lots of sex and graphic violence based on a historical novel I can get the rights to after Starz came out with Magic City. It would be a perfect fit for Starz and keeping Magic City’s Miami crew working year round. Alas, I heard about Black Sails–though based on Treasure Island and not real pirates and thought, “Oh well….”

  2. Fred says:

    If i am correct this should be the 5th time. 1st time was Spartacus renewal to season 2, 2nd was Boss renewal, 3rd was again Spartacus renewal, but to season 3, 4th was renewal of Magic City at last but not least 5th was and is Black Sails.

    • Frank W says:

      Renewal before the premiere? The second Spartacus would not count under this heading and I hadn’t heard anything about Magic City renewal until it was over.

      • Fred says:

        Starz previewed the premiere episode on March 30, 2012 It premiered on April 6, 2012. Starz renewed the series for a ten-episode second season on March 20, 2012. And yes i agree on the 2nd renewal for Spartacus, was just for good mesure. But this means there are still 4 remaining :)

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