Starz Renews ‘Black Sails’ for Season 4 Ahead of Third Season

Black Sails Renewed Season 4
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Starz is setting sail on another season of “Black Sails,” the premium cabler announced Friday at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The Season 4 renewal comes before the third season, which returns in 2016 with ten episodes. The fourth season of the pirate drama goes intro production in South Africa this fall.

“Black Sails” takes place 20 years before the tales of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic “Treasure Island.” Season 3 will welcome the iconic pirate Blackbeard, played by Ray Stevenson (pictured).

Airing on Saturdays, “Black Sails” kicked off its second season in January with 860,000 same-night viewers and concluded in March with 668,000 viewers. That finale total rose to about 1.2 million in Nielsen’s “live plus-3” estimates.

“Black Sails” is created by Jonathan E. Steinberg and Robert Levine, and is exec produced by “Transformers” director Michael Bay, Brad Fuller, Andrew Form, Chris Symes and Dan Shotz.

Rick Kissell contributed to this report.

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  1. John Thomas Cinfici says:

    Please give me the date the new season of 2017 will be showing. The series is well written and the storyline is good.

  2. Alice zecevich says:

    Absolutely love, love, love black sails, I just want to thank u guys for making a wonderful show! (And the male eye candy isn’t bad either!!!!) Keep up with the great work and hopefully they will be a season 5? (I do hope so anyway?!?)

  3. Rena moretti says:

    Your right this is an amazing show I was just being a ignorant panty wearing homosexual. I now see the error of my cock sucking ways. I will now return to my hole under my rock and do big bang for a nickel on the street corners.

  4. Richie says:

    So when the heck does the new season air?

  5. Brady Wikins says:

    The whole second half has been loaded with water-cooler material, and will most likely blow up the water coolers with the combination of these last 2 episodes. Which Cinemax and Starz shows have been renewed?

    • Rena Moretti says:

      Sorry but “water cooler” shows are shows that most people watched and discussed the next day.

      Those don’t exist any longer except maybe for Big Bang, NCIS and Empire.

      Black Sails has tiny ratings.

  6. Those ratings might be low for basic cable, but Starz is pay per view AND ratings don’t matter. That’s because a PPV network doesn’t rely on funding from advertisers since there are no commercials, therefore a subscription service can host a variety of content without being beholden to ratings. Additionally, the season 1 premiere of Black Sails did have one of the highest ratings ever for Starz,. And if Starz subscriptions continue to increase when Black Sails premieres, well then the show gets renewed. Simple.

    • Rena Moretti says:

      You are right, but only to a degree.

      Yes, they are not “beholden to ratings”, but they need top-notch product (ie. product that brings in viewers) to maintain and generate subscriptions.

      A steady diet of shows that audiences do not like is as fatal to a subscription network as it is to an over-the-air network.

      Black Sails started with low-low ratings and not they’re worse, so it’s rather a big leap to think that the show is bringing in new subs.

  7. Rena Moretti says:

    The ridiculousness continues with cable channels thinking that audiences will be impressed when they renew their flops for one more season before the last one even aired.

    The Black Sails renewal is yet another piece of evidence that connections are everything in Hollywood and success doesn’t even matter any longer.

    • You have no idea what you’re talking about. Its a hell of a show.

      • Rena Moretti says:

        Here’s the ratings for the last 5 episodes:

        14 6 “XIV.” February 28, 2015 0.778
        15 7 “XV.” March 7, 2015 0.632
        16 8 “XVI.” March 14, 2015 0.743
        17 9 “XVII.” March 21, 2015 0.653
        18 10 “XVIII.” March 28, 2015 0.668

        I don’t doubt you like it, but it is a mega-flop, so don’t go around saying I don’t know what I’m talking about please… :)

        An industry doesn’t stay alive renewing its flops again and again…

  8. Al Swearengen says:

    Underrated show.

  9. dreamlife says:

    Awesome news :) This show is so underrated. Can’t wait for season 3.

  10. Shells says:

    Excellent news for a superb show!

    • Rena Moretti says:

      Come on… There’s still a few members of the cast and crew that haven’t expressed their joy at the renewal of this pseudo-hit…

      • Rena Moretti says:

        @alright: Big Bang Theory IS a very good show. One of the few watchable shows on TV today and it’s getting the ratings it highly deserves.

        My problem with flops getting renewed is that right now Hollywood is imploding by making shows and movies people don’t want to see and now shows with fewer than a million viewers get renewed because something must be renewed to generate good press (the media will call anything not canceled yet a “hit” these days).

        This is not something that is sustainable and the Hollywood press fails in its duty by not talking about it.

        To give you a recent example, Relativity just went bankrupt after a string of “huge hits” at the box-office. Now the “huge hits” are called “flops” because you can’t justify going BK over hits.

        The fact is, there were flops all along and Relativity kept hiring the same flop-makers again and again… Result: one fewer company to finance movies (not that I’ll miss their bad movies but you get the point I hope).

      • Alright says:

        Why are you so salty this show got renewed? It might not get a lot of audience, but its quality is top-notch. You should go watch The Big Bang Theory, because you evidently equate audience success with quality.

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