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Starz TV Show Ratings (updated 9/17/19)

While Starz execs aren't tied to the ratings like regular commercial channels, they have to air programs that will keep viewers subscribed. Which of their shows will be cancelled or renewed? We'll have to wait and see.

Scripted Starz shows listed: American Gods, Ash Vs Evil Dead, Black Sails, Blunt Talk, Counterpart, Da Vinci's Demons, The Girlfriend Experience, The Missing, Now Apocalypse, Outlander, Power, The Rook, The Spanish Princess, Survivor's Remorse, Sweetbitter, Vida, and The White Princess.

Last update: Most recent ratings added for Power.

There's lots of data that execs look at when deciding whether to renew or cancel a TV series. The ratings for initial airings don't play as large a role as they do on commercial stations but they are still an indication of how popular a show is. Here's an updated listing of the recent/current primetime scripted
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Stranger Things: Here's Why You Recognize Murray the Conspiracy Theorist

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There's a saying: just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't after you. Enter Murray Bauman, a former journalist who has been following the events of Stranger Things very closely, coming to Chief Hopper with all sorts of ideas about Eleven and Barb and a vast government conspiracy over the years. And he's not wrong, though Hopper can't tell him that (at least at first).

Now that we've reached season three and Murray is practically an integral part of the group, it's time to ask: who plays this bearded believer? It's Brett Gelman, one of those quintessential "Hey, it's that guy!" actors.

Gelman got his start doing improv and stand-up comedy in New York City. He quickly developed improv group Monkey D*ck, which went on to be developed into a limited-release TV show for the Upright Citizens Brigade. He also developed a character called Rapzilla for a couple of
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‘Fargo’: Ben Whishaw, Jessie Buckley, Jason Schwartzman Among New Season 4 Cast Members

‘Fargo’: Ben Whishaw, Jessie Buckley, Jason Schwartzman Among New Season 4 Cast Members
When it comes to assembling an impressive cast, “Fargo” has upped the ante once again.

After announcing that Season 4 would be lead by Chris Rock, FX on Thursday unveiled a bold list of performers who’ll be joining him. Perennial TV/film favorites Ben Whishaw and Jessie Buckley lead the additions to the cast, alongside Jack Huston, Jason Schwartzman, and Andrew Bird.

The official synopsis accompanying these new details describes more of how all these actors fit into place for the new season: “In Kansas City, Missouri, two criminal syndicates have struck an uneasy peace. One Italian, one African-American. Together they control an alternate economy — that of exploitation, graft and drugs. This too is the history of America. To cement their peace, the heads of both families have traded their youngest sons.”

Rock plays the head of one of those families, struggling to keep the uneasy peace even as he
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Fyc: "Counterpart"

Team Experience will be sharing FYCs as the Television Academy votes on Emmy nominations over the next two weeks. Here's Abe Fried-Tanzer...

Last year, Counterpart won exactly the number of Emmy Awards it was nominated for – one. Its Main Title Design victory, while deserved, is hardly indicative of its tremendous quality. Starz has struggled generally to find a footing in the non-technical categories, earning only Best Limited Series mentions in the past decade, for The Pillars of the Earth and The White Queen. Golden Globes enthusiasm for Outlander, Boss, and Blunt Talk didn’t translate to Emmy love, and so there’s little hope that Counterpart, which was cancelled back in February by Starz, will break through in the way it should this year.

Season two represented the opposite of a sophomore slump for this sci-fi political thriller. The ideas presented in season one were expanded upon and the show transformed into something completely different.
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‘Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj’: Jim Margolis Departs As Showrunner Of Netflix Series; Steve Bodow To Replace Him

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Exclusive: Jim Margolis is stepping down as executive producer and showrunner of Netflix’s weekly talk series Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj. Margolis will depart his post this summer after production wraps on the show’s current third cycle of episodes. He will be succeeded by former The Daily Show executive producer Steve Bodow, reuniting with Daily Show alum Minhaj.

Margolis, who also served as a writer, oversaw the launch of the New York-based Patriot Act in 2018 and its three cycles to date spanning 19 episodes, including the current one slated to end its six-episode run on June 16. He will be returning to Los Angeles to be with his family but will remain involved with the show as a consulting producer.

Margolis and Bodow are both Daily Show veterans; Margolis worked on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart from 2001 to 2012, rising to co-executive producer; Bodow was on The Daily Show from
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‘Penny Dreadful: City Of Angels’: Amy Madigan, Brent Spiner & Lin Shaye To Recur In Showtime Sequel Series

‘Penny Dreadful: City Of Angels’: Amy Madigan, Brent Spiner & Lin Shaye To Recur In Showtime Sequel Series
Exclusive: Amy Madigan (Gone Baby Gone), Brent Spiner (Star Trek: The Next Generation) and Lin Shaye (There’s Something About Mary) are set to recur in Showtime’s upcoming series Penny Dreadful: City of Angels, a follow-up to Penny Dreadful from the original series’ creator, writer and executive producer John Logan.

A spiritual descendant of the story set in Victorian-era London, the next chapter will employ a new vision, new characters and storylines. It opens in 1938 Los Angeles; a time and place deeply infused with social and political tension. When a grisly murder shocks the city, Detective Tiago Vega (Daniel Zovatto) is embroiled in an epic story that reflects the rich history of Los Angeles: from the building of the city’s first freeways and its deep traditions of Mexican-American folklore, to the dangerous espionage actions of the Third Reich and the rise of radio evangelism. Before long, Tiago and
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Eli Jorne Inks Overall Deal With AMC

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Writer-producer Eli Jorne has signed a two-year overall deal with AMC. Under the pact, Jorne is writing on the upcoming tenth season of the network’s flagship series, zombie drama The Walking Dead, and is developing new series projects.

The overall pact formalizes Jorne’s relationship with AMC. He recently developed two projects for the cable network, a character-driven sci-fi project with Rainn Wilson and a character-driven horror anthology.

Jorne started in comedy. He served as executive producer/co-showrunner on FX’s Wilfred and as co-executive producer on Starz’s comedy series Blunt Talk and also co-created/executive produced Fox’s live-action/animated comedy series Son of Zorn.

Over the last couple of years, Jorne has transitioned from comedy to drama. He worked on a wrestling drama series, which was in the works at Starz before segueing to development at AMC. He is repped by UTA and Hansen Jacobson.
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Mary Steenburgen To Co-Star In ‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’ NBC Musical Pilot

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Mary Steenburgen To Co-Star In ‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’ NBC Musical Pilot
Mary Steenburgen is set to co-star opposite Jane Levy in Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, NBC’s musical dramedy pilot from Jake in Progress creator Austin Winsberg, Eric and Kim Tannenbaum, Feigco, Universal Music Group and Lionsgate TV.

Written by Winsberg and directed by Richard Shepard, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist is described tonally as What Women Want meets La La Land. It follows Zoey (Levy), a whip-smart but socially awkward girl in her late 20s who suddenly is able to hear the innermost thoughts of people around her as songs and even big musical numbers that they perform just for her. With this new ability at her disposal, she is able to use her “gift” to not only help herself understand people in her life, but also to help others around her.

Steenburgen will play Maggie. As Zoey’s mother, she is trying to put her best foot forward and keep her family intact.
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Leslye Headland, Will Ferrell And Red Wagon Team At HBO Films For FIFA Hustler Story ‘American Huckster’

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Leslye Headland, Will Ferrell And Red Wagon Team At HBO Films For FIFA Hustler Story ‘American Huckster’
Exclusive: Leslye Headland is rewriting to direct for HBO Films a picture based on American Huckster: How Chuck Blazer Got Rich from-and Sold Out-the Most Powerful Cabal in World Sports. Will Ferrell is attached to star as Blazer, a hustler from Queens who managed to wheel and deal his way to the top of FIFA, the governing body of soccer—and the most powerful and corrupt sports organization in the world.

The book was written by Mary Papenfuss & Teri Thompson, and a previous script draft was written by Robert Siegel. Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher’s Red Wagon and Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Gary Sanchez are executive producing with Headland, and Lucas Wiesendanger overseeing for Red Wagon and Betsy Koch and Jessica Elbaum overseeing for Gary Sanchez.

Gary Sanchez goes into the weekend nominated for Best Picture for Vice, with McKay up for Best Director and Best Screenplay among
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‘Miracle Workers’: Daniel Radcliffe on Why a Show About Heaven Has Anthology Potential

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The first time IndieWire spoke to Daniel Radcliffe and Simon Rich about the new TBS comedy “Miracle Workers,” it was January 2018, and they were early into production — and the early days of doing publicity for the show.

“This is all unspoiled territory,” the globally famous star of the “Harry Potter” series said.

“It’s like our first hour of press,” Rich added.

“You can’t describe your character differently every time,” Radcliffe continued. “I have to come up with something fairly quickly soon.”

The origins of the TBS comedy, which imagines a version of Heaven run like a too-recognizable corporate entity, came after Radcliffe read “What in God’s Name,” the novel which inspired the series. His girlfriend, a huge fan of Rich’s writing, had given him a copy — it was actually the second of Rich’s books that she had given Radcliffe.

“I reached out to Simon after
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J.K. Simmons should be a Golden Globes front-runner for ‘Counterpart’

J.K. Simmons should be a Golden Globes front-runner for ‘Counterpart’
It should not be a surprise when J.K. Simmons receives a Golden Globe nomination this Thursday morning for starring in Starz’s “Counterpart.” Although he ranks seventh in Gold Derby’s odds, Simmons has several factors in his favor that assure him more for a Best TV Drama Actor nomination than anyone. He is a big name giving a showy performance in a new series with good reviews on a network that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association loves.

Simmons won his Best Film Supporting Actor Globe four years ago for “Whiplash” on his path to collecting the equivalent Oscar. Simmons has boosted his profile in the years since with roles in franchise blockbusters “Justice League” and “Terminator Genisys,” as well as “La La Land,” whose clean sweep of seven Globe wins broke the record for most by a film. Simmons is currently eligible in the Best Film Supporting Actor race for “The Front Runner.
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IFC Unveils Development Slate With Comedies From Margaret Cho, Funny Or Die & Others

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IFC is developing five comedy projects for series consideration, including one from exec producer Margaret Cho and another from Funny or Die.

The shows in the running at IFC are Almost Asian, which chronicles the life of a mixed-race millennial in Los Angeles; Annika Erotica, following a young Colorado pastor who harbors a secret passion for writing erotic novels under a pen name; Art Thieves, an adventure comedy following three misfit criminals who fancy themselves to be the Robin Hoods of the art world; Beth, about a happily agoraphobic man and his uneasy journey back to the outside world; and The Middle Passage, a satirical and politically provocative sketch comedy. Read details about the projects below.

The projects join two other previously announced series in development: How to Rig an Election and Ngo. All seven are vying to join the recently greenlighted Sherman’s Showcase and Year of the Rabbit on the schedule,
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Eden Brolin Joins Vince Vaughn In ‘Arkansas’; Fox’s ‘Ready or Not’ Adds Elyse Levesque

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Eden Brolin Joins Vince Vaughn In ‘Arkansas’; Fox’s ‘Ready or Not’ Adds Elyse Levesque
Eden Brolin will join Vince Vaughn, Liam Hemsworth, and Clark Duke in Duke’s directorial debut film, Arkansas, which follows a pair of low level drug runners in the Dixie Mafia, Kyle (Hemsworth) and Swin (Duke), who live by the orders of an Arkansas-based drug kingpin Frog (Vaughn). The film, also written by Duke, is set to be presented at the American Film Market, which starts on October 31. Patrick Hibler, Jeff Rice, Martin Sprock, and Storyboard Media are producing. Jd Beaufils and Julie Paquit of Vmi Worldwide will handle sales in conjunction with Elisabeth Costa de Beauregard of Storyboard Media. Brolin (daughter of Josh Brolin) starred in Freeform’s supernatural series, Beyond, and co-stars in upcoming indie films Back Fork and King Fish with Molly Ringwald. She’s repped by Paradigm, Grandview, and Jackoway Austen Tyerman.

Actress Elyse Levesque (CW’s The Originals) is set for the role of Charity
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‘Our Lady, Ltd’: Jacki Weaver To Star In Epix’s Noir Drama Series

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‘Our Lady, Ltd’: Jacki Weaver To Star In Epix’s Noir Drama Series
Jacki Weaver is set to co-star opposite Ben Kingsley and Jimmi Simpson in Our Lady, Ltd, a 10-episode modern noir drama series, from Patriot creator Steve Conrad and Epix’s sister studio MGM Television.

Written by Conrad and Patriot co-producer Bruce Terris, Our Lady, Ltd (fka Our Lady of Perpetual Grace), follows James (Simpson), a young grifter, as he attempts to prey upon Pastor Byron Brown (Kingsley), who turns out to be far more dangerous than he suspects.

Two-time Oscar nominee Weaver will play Lillian who, along and Pastor Byron Brown (Kingsley), are known to their parishioners as Ma and Pa and have used religion to bilk hundreds of innocent men and women out of their life savings. Ma, who resembles at first glance a modest, dutiful church lady, is Pa’s willing accomplice, and his counterpart in regard to potency and cruelty.

Conrad and Terris serve as executive producers and showrunners,
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Mary Holland Cast As A Lead In Comedy Central Pilot ‘Robbie’, Joins Indie Feature ‘Greener Grass’

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Mary Holland Cast As A Lead In Comedy Central Pilot ‘Robbie’, Joins Indie Feature ‘Greener Grass’
Mary Holland (Blunt Talk) is set as a series regular opposite Beau Bridges and Rory Scovel in Robbie, Comedy Central’s half-hour scripted comedy pilot.

Written by Scovel and Anthony King, Robbie centers around a delusional small town Christian youth league basketball coach (Scovel) living in the shadow of his father until he realizes he has his son of his own that can lead him to greatness.

Holland will play Janie, a spitfire waitress at the bowling alley who wears too much makeup and occasionally sleeps with Robbie. She’s obsessed with him, and oblivious to the dismissive tone he uses towards her. Janie makes herself right at home in Robbie’s apartment.

Scovel, King, Scott Moran and Gary Sanchez Productions serve as executive producers.

In addition, Holland has been cast in indie feature Greener Grass, a dark comedy from the producers of Thunder Road. Written, directed by and starring Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe,
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Patrick Stewart To Star In New ‘Star Trek’ Series As Jean-Luc Picard On CBS All Access

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Patrick Stewart To Star In New ‘Star Trek’ Series As Jean-Luc Picard On CBS All Access
It’s official — Patrick Stewart is returning to the Star Trek franchise. The acclaimed Shakespearean actor is set to headline a new Star Trek series for CBS All Access, reprising his iconic New Generation character, Captain Jean-Luc Picard. The project, which has been rumored since the June announcement of a Star Trek universe expansion with new series, was just unveiled by Stewart himself in a surprise appearance at the Las Vegas Star Trek Convention.

The new series, which is not a Star Trek: New Generation reboot, will tell the story of the next chapter of Picard’s life. It will be shepherded by Star Trek: Discovery co-creator/executive producer Alex Kurtzman who was tapped to oversee development of new Star Trek content under a big new overall deal with CBS TV Studios.

“With overwhelming joy, it’s a privilege to welcome Sir Patrick Stewart back to the Star Trek fold,
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‘Supergirl’: Brent Spiner Set To Recur On the CW Series

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‘Supergirl’: Brent Spiner Set To Recur On the CW Series
Star Trek veteran Brent Spiner has been tapped for a recurring role on the upcoming fourth season of the CW’s Supergirl.

Spiner will play Vice President Baker. Adept and politically minded, VP Baker makes for an unlikely leader, but steps up in a big way when his country needs him most.

In Season 3, Kara (Melissa Benoist) grappled with the sacrifices she’d made and whether she should give up her human identity altogether while still battling the threats to National City, including new villains Morgan Edge (Adrian Pasdar), and the “Worldkiller,” known as Reign (Odette Annable).

Based on the DC Comics characters, Supergirl is executive produced by Greg Berlanti, Jessica Queller, Robert Rovner, and Sarah Schechter.

Spiner is best known for his portrayal of the android Data on the TV series Star Trek: The Next Generation.
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'Supergirl' Elects Brent Spiner to Recurring Season 4 Role

'Supergirl' Elects Brent Spiner to Recurring Season 4 Role
Supergirl continues to bring in new characters for season four, the latest being played by a very familiar face.

Brent Spiner will play a recurring role in the coming season as the U.S. vp. Best known for his role as Data on Star Trek: The Next Generation and four Star Trek movies, Spiner's Vice President Baker is an unlikely leader who will nonetheless step up in a big way when his country needs him.

Spiner's other recent credits include a recurring part on Outcast for Cinemax, Independence Day: Resurgence and Blunt Talk, where he recurred opposite his former Tng co-star Patrick Stewart.

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Midnight, Texas: Trace Lysette to Play 'Dark' Witch With a Surprise for Fiji

Midnight, Texas: Trace Lysette to Play 'Dark' Witch With a Surprise for Fiji
Fiji, you might want to start stocking up on sage and matches.

Trace Lysette (Transparent) will guest-star in Midnight, Texas Season 2 as a dark witch bearing a shocker for the town’s resident good witch, TVLine has learned exclusively.

Celeste is described as stunningly attractive in a too-much-is-never-enough way. She loves designer labels and would fit in nicely with any of Bravo’s Real Housewives, and when she arrives on Fiji’s doorstep in Episode 5, she delivers a huge announcement.

Lysette is best known for playing Shea on Amazon’s Transparent. In November, the actress accused co-star Jeffrey Tambor of
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Jim Margolis Joins Netflix’s Hasan Minhaj Project As Showrunner

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Jim Margolis has joined Netflix’s Hasan Minhaj Project as showrunner. The weekly talk show, in which The Daily Show correspondent explores cultural and politics, is scheduled to launch later this year. Netflix has ordered 32 episodes. Minhaj will executive produce in addition to hosting. Series co-creator, Prashanth Venkataramanujam, will also executive produce, as will Art & Industry’s Michelle Caputo and Shannon Hartman, and Haven Entertainment’s Jennie Church-Cooper.

Margolis previously was showrunner/executive producer of Comedy Central’s Hood Adjacent after serving as co-executive producer on HBO’s Veep. Repped by Verve and Schreck Rose, Margolis’ credits also include Starz’s Blunt Talk, Adult Swim’s Newsreaders, and Comedy Central’s The Daily Show.

Minhaj, Jon Stewart’s last hire to The Daily Show, will exit Comedy Central’s topical late-night show in late July.

Netflix aired Minhaj’s one-hour comedy special Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King last year. He joins
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