Starz announced today multiplatform, nationwide sampling of the premiere episode of limited series Flesh and Bone. Sampling of the pilot begins tonight, November 2, six days before the season premiere on Sunday, November 8 at 9:00pm ET/PT. Starz says, “Flesh and Bone follows a young dancer with a distinctly troubled past as she joins a prestigious ballet company in New York.”
Flesh and Bone stars Black Swan‘s Sarah Hay as Claire. Per Starz, there are 22 ballet dancers in the cast, including Irina Dvorovenko (Kiira), Sascha Radetsky (Ross), Raychel Diane Weiner (Daphne) and Emily Tyra (Mia) from Boardwalk Empire. Rounding out the cast are Josh Helman, Damon Herriman, Tina Benko, and Tovah Feldshuh. Read on for details of this Starz series premiere sampling.
Here’s the press release:
STARZ OFFERS PREMIERE EPISODE PREVIEW OF LIMITED SERIES “FLESH AND BONE” BEGINNING NOVEMBER 2
Sampling of New Dramatic Series Available Prior to Premiere on Select U.S. Cable, Satellite and Telco Affiliates; Starz.com, STARZ PLAY and More
Beverly Hills, Calif., November 2, 2015 -Starz announced today multiplatform, nationwide sampling of the premiere episode of its highly-anticipated limited series “Flesh and Bone” from Emmy(R) award-winning writer and executive producer Moira Walley-Beckett (“Breaking Bad”). The sampling of the first episode will begin on November 2, nearly one week prior to the season premiere on Sunday, November 8 at 9:00 PM ET/PT on STARZ.
On-demand and online sampling opportunities of “Flesh and Bone” will be available via select U.S. cable, satellite and Telco affiliates, Starz.com, STARZ ON DEMAND and the free STARZ PLAY app for all users in the United States. EW.com will also host the premiere episode of “Flesh and Bone” beginning November 2 through November 8.
Future episodes of the widely-anticipated limited series will premiere weekly at 9:00 ET/PT on STARZ airing every Sunday night through December 27. The premiere episode of “Flesh and Bone” will also air on ENCORE on November 8 at 10:05 PM ET/PT.
All eight episodes of “Flesh and Bone” will be available exclusively for STARZ subscribers on STARZ PLAY and STARZ ON DEMAND beginning November 8.
About “Flesh and Bone”
“Flesh and Bone” follows a young dancer with a distinctly troubled past as she joins a prestigious ballet company in New York. The dark, gritty, complex series unflinchingly explores New York City through the eyes of Claire, played by Sarah Hay (“Black Swan”), an emotionally wounded but transcendent ballerina navigating the dysfunction and glamour of the ballet world. Claire’s self-destructive tendencies amid her vaulting ambitions drive her in compelling, unforeseeable ways, especially when she is confronted with the machinations of the company’s mercurial Artistic Director, played by Ben Daniels (“House of Cards,” “Law & Order UK”) and an unwelcome visitor from her past.
“Flesh and Bone” was created by Emmy award-winning “Breaking Bad” writer and Executive Producer Moira Walley-Beckett. John Melfi (“House of Cards,” “Sex and the City”), Lawrence Bender (“Inglourious Basterds,” “Pulp Fiction” and “Good Will Hunting”) and Kevin Brown (“Roswell”) are Executive Producers. Australian filmmaker David Michôd (“Animal Kingdom,” “Rover”) directed the first episode.
To ensure authenticity, the Executive Producers cast a company of 22 accomplished ballet dancers including former American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Irina Dvorovenko (Kiira), former American Ballet Theatre soloist Sascha Radetsky (Ross), Ballet Arizona company dancer Raychel Diane Weiner (Daphne) and Emily Tyra (Mia) from “Boardwalk Empire.” Ethan Stiefel, former artistic director of the Royal New Zealand Ballet and a former American Ballet Theatre principal dancer, served as choreographer. Other cast members include Josh Helman (“X-Men: Days of Future Past”), Damon Herriman (“Justified”), Tina Benko (“The Good Wife”) and Tovah Feldshuh (“The Walking Dead”).
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