Starz’s TCA conference detailed three original series, including a third installment to Steven Soderbergh’s limited series “The Girlfriend Experience,” and the new shows “Dangerous Liaisons” and “Leavenworth.” Jeffrey Hirsch, STARZ Chief Operating Officer, who made the announcements during his executive session, also confirmed that “Leavenworth” will premiere on STARZ on October 20th.
According to the announcement, “The Girlfriend Experience” third season is set amidst the London tech scene where a young female neuroscientist begins to explore the transactional world of The Girlfriend Experience, only to find herself deep inside the Uncanny Valley with the relationships she creates. Soderbergh (Ocean’s Eleven, Magic Mike, “The Knick”) and Fleishman return as executive producers with Jeff Cuban serving as executive producer. Written and directed by Anja Marquardt (She’s Lost Control) who also serves as co-executive producer, the 10-episode scripted anthology series is a Transactional Pictures of NY LP Production in Association with Populist Pictures and Magnolia Pictures.
The STARZ Limited series “The Girlfriend Experience” was a reimagining of Steven Soderbergh’s 2009 critically acclaimed movie of the same name. Season one of “The Girlfriend Experience” followed Christine Reade (Riley Keough), a second-year law student. Working hard to establish herself as an intern at a prestigious law firm, her focus quickly shifts when a classmate introduces her to the world of transactional relationships. The second season of the anthology series followed two parallel stories each focusing on entirely new characters, relationships, plotlines and locations while exploring the price of intimacy and its emotional consequences. Starring Anna Friel, Louisa Krause and Carmen Ejogo, the storylines for season two were juxtaposed between Washington, D.C. and New Mexico.
“Dangerous Liaisons” is inspired by the novel of the same name. The series tells the origin story of the early years of the iconic characters Merteuil and Valmont when they meet as passionate young lovers in the slums of 18th century Paris. Written and reimagined by Harriet Warner (“Tell Me Your Secrets”, “Call the Midwife”), who also serves as executive producer and showrunner, this is “Dangerous Liaisons” for a 21st century audience told from the perspective of Merteuil, informed by her line from the novel: “Born to avenge my sex and conquer yours, I have succeeded in inventing strategies for doing so that before me had never been conceived.”
The series is executive produced by Colin Callender, Tony Krantz, Bethan Jones, and Christopher Hampton. Coline Abert, James Dormer, and Rita Kalnejais will also write for the series.
The docu-series “Leavenworth” comes from executive producers Paul Pawlowski, David Check, and Academy Award-winning filmmaker Steven Soderbergh. The series centers on a controversial true-crime story playing out in the military justice system. Clint Lorance is serving a 19-year sentence for murder at The United States Penitentiary, Leavenworth. While deployed in Afghanistan in July 2012, the former lieutenant ordered fire on three local men riding a motorcycle, killing two of them and outraging his platoon. In a first-hand account of a soldier navigating the US Army’s legal system, Lorance seeks to overturn his conviction, provoking emotional debate between supporters and detractors that rises to the national stage. As determinations on Lorance’s fate unfold, questions probe not only the merits of his conviction, but analyze the system at large and ultimately test the balance of guilt and innocence in the inscrutable circumstances of today’s wars.
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