Connect with us

TV

Black Sails (Starz 2014-2017, Toby Stephens, Ray Stevenson)

Published

on

Black Sails is a prequel of sorts to Treasure Island set twenty years before the events of Stevenson’s novel. It’s 1715 and the golden age of Pirates is in full swing. Captain Flint is determined to get his hands on the fabled Spanish treasure galleon Urca de Lima.

Many real life pirates are featured in the series including the likes of Blackbeard, Jack Rackham, Anne Bonny and Charles Vane.

Black Sails just happens to be one of the greatest TV shows ever made. Incredible production details and superb acting combine with an impressive budget to make every episode look like a blockbuster movie. Not only that but the storyline is so detailing and involving that you cannot help but be drawn into the lives of the characters.

Season One
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.

Season Two
Season two begins where season one left off – The Walrus crew is stranded, with an army of Spanish soldiers standing between them and the precious Urca gold. And with their crimes against their brethren no longer a secret, Flint (Toby Stephens) and Silver (Luke Arnold) must join forces in a desperate bid for survival. Meanwhile, Eleanor Guthrie (Hannah New) struggles to maintain her grip on Nassau, as a new breed of pirate arrives in the form of Ned Low (Tadgh Murphy), a man for whom violence isn’t just a tool … it’s a pastime. As blood is spilled, and tensions mount, Charles Vane (Zach McGowan) must decide which he values more: Eleanor’s life, or the respect of his men. And unbeknownst to all of them, a prize of immeasurable value has already been smuggled onto the island … one whose discovery will alter the very landscape of their world, and force everyone in Nassau toward the ultimate judgment: are they men, or are they monsters?

Black Sails

Ray Stevenson looking suitably epic as Blackbeard.

Season Three
In season three, all are tested when a new threat arrives in Nassau, one the pirates could never have anticipated. It knows them. It understands them. And in the blink of an eye, it will turn them against each other. Ray Stevenson joined the cast this season as the notorious Blackbeard. Luke Roberts also arrived playing the role of the real life Woodes Rogers.

Season four will be the final season of the show.

Speaking about the fourth season series co-creator and executive producer Jonathan E. Steinberg said “It’s a rare privilege in television to be given the kind of creative freedom we’ve enjoyed on this show over the last four years. While it was a difficult decision for us to make this season our last, we simply couldn’t imagine anything beyond it that would make for a better ending to the story nor a more natural handoff to Treasure Island.” Indicating that there may well be a Treasure Island series proper which if made to the same standards as Black Sails would make for the best version of the oft-filmed story ever.

production details
USA / Starz – Platinum Dunes – Quaker Moving Pictures – Film Afrika / 28×50-65 minute episodes / Broadcast 25 January 2014 – 2 April 2017

Creators: Jonathan E. Steinberg, Robert Levine / Music: Bear McCreary / Executive Producers: Michael Bay, Brad Fuller, Andrew Form, Jonathan E. Steinberg, Chris Symes, Robert Levine, Michael Chernuchin, Dan Shotz

cast
Toby Stephens as James McGraw/Flint
Hannah New as Eleanor Guthrie
Luke Arnold as John Silver
Jessica Parker Kennedy as Max
Tom Hopper as William “Billy Bones” Manderly
Zach McGowan as Charles Vane
Toby Schmitz as Jack Rackham
Clara Paget as Anne Bonny
Mark Ryan as Hal Gates (season 1)
Hakeem Kae-Kazim as Mr. Scott
Sean Cameron Michael as Richard Guthrie
Louise Barnes as Miranda Hamilton/Barlow
Rupert Penry-Jones as Thomas Hamilton (from season 2)
Luke Roberts as Woodes Rogers
Ray Stevenson as Edward Teach

THE EPISODES
SEASON ONE 25 January – 15 March 2014
1. I (25 Jan 14)
2. II (1 Feb 14)
3. III (8 Feb 15)
4. IV (15 Feb 14)
5. V (22 Feb 14)
6. VI (1 Mar 14)
7. VII (8 Mar 14)
8. VIII (15 Mar 14)

SEASON TWO 24 January – 28 March 2015
1. IX (24 Jan 15)
2. X (31 Jan 15)
3. XI (7 Feb 15)
4. XII (14 Feb 15)
5. XIII (21 Feb 15)
6. XIV (28 Feb 15)
7. XV (7 Mar 15)
8. XVI (14 Mar 15)
9. XVII (21 Mar 15)
10. XVIII (28 Mar 15)

SEASON THREE 22 January – 26 March 2016
1. XIX (23 Jan 16)
2. XX (30 Jan 16)
3. XXI (6 Feb 16)
4. XXII (13 Feb 16)
5. XXIII (20 Feb 16)
6. XXIV (27 Feb 16)
7. XXV (5 Mar 16)
8. XXVI (12 Mar 16)
9. XXVII (19 Mar 16)
10. XXVIII (26 Mar 16)

SEASON FOUR 29 January – 2 April 2017
1. XXIX (29 Jan 17)
2. XXX (5 Feb 17)
3. XXXI (12 Feb 17)
4. XXXII (19 Feb 17)
5. XXXIII (26 Feb 17)
6. XXXIV (5 Mar 17)
7. XXXV (11 Mar 17)
8. XXXVI (19 Mar 17)
9. XXXVII (26 Mar 17)
10. XXXVIII (2 Apr 17)

Advertisement












TV

You Can’t Fight Christmas (TV One 2017, Brely Evans, Andra Fuller)

Published

on

By

You Can't Fight Christmas TV One

You Can’t Fight Christmas begins with the annual holiday decorating of the Chesterton Hotel by interior design expert Leslie Major (Evans). She is hard at work managing the transformation when she meets and develops a crush on the hotel owner’s handsome grandson, Edmund James (Fuller). Soon she discovers that Edmund and his uptight business partner, Millicent (White), have secret plans.

They intend to completely revamp the hotel into an upscale business resort once Edmund inherits it from his grandfather. Scheming Millicent also has plans for Edmund that involve a wedding ring.

Is he ready to take their partnership to the next level? Can Leslie save the hotel and its Christmas legacy? Will Edmund find his Christmas spirit?

You Can’t Fight Christmas also features appearances by Travis Winfrey (Single Ladies), Porsha Coleman (Hollywood Today Live), and cross-over appearances by Ash and Davis Jr.

cast
Brely Evans as Leslie Major
Andra Fuller as Edmund James
Persia White as Millicent Williams
Porscha Coleman as Belinda King
Travis Winfrey as Kevin Boudreaux
Nathan Davis Jr. as Thomas Wallace
Dedrick Bonner as Darren Rollins
Matthew Jones as Arnold Willis
Larry Poindexter as Jasper
Richard Gant as J. J. James
Marla Gibbs as Beverly Lawrence
Erica Ash as Regina Young
Ava Elise Farmer as Brie Wallace
Nicholas Anthony Reid as Waiter
Glen Marzillo as Tony

crew details
Director: Kenny Young
Writer: Marnie Martin
Producers: Elizabeth Cullen, Sean Dwyer

production details
Country: USA
Network and Production Companies: TV One – Poke Productions
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: Sunday 10 December 2017

Continue Reading

TV

Royal Christmas Ball, A (ION 2017, Tara Reid, Ingo Rademacher)

Published

on

By

Royal Christmas Ball ION

Dateless for the Christmas ball, 39-year-old bachelor, King Charles of Baltania, tracks down his American college sweetheart, only to discover Allison has never been married, yet raised a 17-year-old daughter, Lily, who mathematically might be Charles’ biological princess.

cast
Tara Reid as Allison
Ingo Rademacher as King Charles
Mira Furlan as Rosa
Haley Pullos as Lily
Faune Chambers Watkins as Eva
Mykel Shannon Jenkins as Sam
Marc Anthony Samuel as Marcus
Christian Olivo as Victor
Miles Burris as Emile
Kennedy Lea Slocum as Taylor
Claire Cohen as Lorena
David Meza as Waiter
Cesar Cipriano as Florist
Stan Bly as Paparazzi
Brian Nolan as Paparazzi

crew details
Director: David DeCoteau
Writer: Suzanne Dunn
Story: Jeffrey Schenck, Peter Sullivan

production details
Country: USA
Network and Production Companies: ION – Hybrid Films
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: Sunday 10 December 2017

Continue Reading

TV

Runaway Christmas Bride (ION 2017, Cindy Busny, Travis Milne)

Published

on

By

Runaway Christmas Bride ION 2017

A runaway bride, Kate, making herself scarce for the holidays, meets a ski patrol rescuer, Jason, at a resort. Her December days begin to brighten, until her parents and jilted fiancé, Alex, show up at the mountain to reset the wedding for Christmas.

cast
Cindy Busby as Kate
Travis Milne as Jason
Christos Shaw as Mike
Karen Kruper as Lily Paulson
Mark Milburn as Alex Atkins
Bruce Dawson as Rick Atkins
Roz Murray as Kim Atkins
Trent Pryor as Wedding Rehersal Guest
Holly James as Wedding Guest

crew details
Director: David DeCoteau
Writer: Brian Skiba

production details
Country: Canada
Network and Production Companies: ION – Odyssey Media
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: Saturday 9 December 2017

Continue Reading

THIS JUST IN

ADVERTISEMENT

MOVIES

ADVERTISEMENT

EPISODES

More to View