Starz Streaming New Original Series Sample Episodes on Website, Facebook17 Aug, 2015 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Starz has begun offering free streaming access to the first two episodes of new original comedy series “Blunt Talk,” starring Patrick Stewart (“Star Trek: The Next Generation”), in addition to the entire six-episode first season of “Survivor’s Remorse,” from executive producer and NBA superstar LeBron James.
Stewart plays Walter Blunt, a British import intent on conquering the world of American cable news and the fallout from his well-intentioned, but mostly misguided decision-making, both on and off the air.
“Survivor's Remorse” follows the life of Cam Calloway (played by Jessie T. Usher), a young basketball star who is thrust into the limelight after signing a huge contract with a pro basketball team in Atlanta.
James began hosting free access to the premiere episode from season two of “Survivor’s Remorse” on his Facebook page on Aug. 14. Stewart posted the premiere episode of “Blunt Talk” on the show's Facebook page, beginning Aug. 15. Both series premiere on Starz pay-TV affiliates Aug. 22.
The two “Blunt Talk” episodes and first season of “Survivor’s Remorse” will continue through Aug. 25 via select U.S. cable, satellite and telecom affiliates, Starz.com, Starz On Demand and the free Starz Play app for all users in the United States. “Survivor’s Remorse” season one is also available on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Vudu, Sony Entertainment Network and Xbox Video.
“Starz has sampled many new original series on multiple platforms — including Facebook — over the past few years and we continue to witness first-hand the importance of engaging fans in the social media community who have migrated the ‘water cooler talk’ to a much bigger and virtual break room," Starz CEO Chris Albrecht said in a statement. “The network and our shows, including ‘Power’ and “Outlander,’ are definitely benefitting from the tremendous online community engagement.”