The model of releasing entire seasons simultaneously is continuing to gain popularity. Starz has become the latest network to employ it for the third and final season of Da Vinci’s Demons and ballet-themed limited series Flesh And Bone. They will be available for Starz subscribers on Starz Play and Starz On Demand in the U.S. in conjunction with the premieres of their first episodes, October 24 and November 8, respectively. The announcement was made at TCA .
Introduced by Netflix, the binge-watching strategy was recently used by NBC for summer drama series Aquarius, whose entire first season also was released on-demand immediately following the series premiere. That prompted a snarky remark by Netflix’s Ted Sarandos at TCA earlier this week.
Asked whether Starz would attempt the same release pattern with other series, Starz CEO Chris Albrecht said that would be difficult as waiting for all episodes of a season to be completed would delay their premieres. “It’s a function of the complexity of the premium TV business,” he said. He ruled out Outlander as a binge candidate.
The 10-episode Season 3 of Da Vinci’s Demons, created and executive produced by David S. Goyer, will kick off more than 17 months after the Season 2 finale. The eight-episodes of Flesh and Bone, from Breaking Bad writer/executive producer Moira Walley-Beckett, was originally envisioned as an ongoing series, with a decision made to run it as a limited series after wrapping production on Season 1.
“The great and passionate followers of Da Vinci’s Demons have been waiting since the spring of last year for new episodes, while the gritty world of ballet as depicted in the Flesh And Bone limited series is must-see television for fans of the genre and great television alike,” said David Baldwin, Starz EVP of Program Planning. “Both series are engaging and well-suited for a binge viewing experiment.”