TCA: Starz To Let Viewers Binge On Two Series

'Da Vinci's Demons;' Flesh And Bone' Set For Starz Play Before Linear Debut
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Starz will make all episodes of the final season of Da Vinci’s Demons and of freshman series Flesh and Bone available online before each show debuts on the channel, Starz CEO Chris Albrecht said Friday at the Television Critics Association tour.

The final 10-episodes of Da Vinci’s Demons will debut on Starz Play and Starz On Demand prior to returning to Starz on Oct. 24, while eight episodes of Flesh And Bone will be offered for binge viewing before its Nov. 8 network debut.

“It’s fun to try to do different things with [original] programming because we can,” Albrecht said. “Starz has had a fantastic year with original programming in 2015 and we are rewarding our Starz subscribers with two special opportunities to immerse themselves into quality series and enjoy them on their own schedules."

He added said the premium network would consider implementing the binge-viewing strategy with other shows, although he would not say which if any shows are being considered.

Starz also said it ordered up a fourth season of pirate drama Black Sails and  greenlit a new drama series, Havana Quartet, starring Antonio Banderas.

Overall, Albrecht said that Starz will offer 75 to 80 episodes of original series content in 2015.