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Starz unveils Black Sails a week ahead of its airdate

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Starz has surprised everyone by suddenly deciding to release their new pirate drama this evening on their website, more than a week ahead of the announced air date. Originally slated to premiere on January 25th at 9pm, the Michael Bay produced swashbuckling drama will also be available on Machinima, as well as on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Maxim, Xbox Video and more.

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The eight-episode first season of Black Sails centers on the tales of Captain Flint and his men, and takes place twenty years prior to Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic “Treasure Island.” Toby Stephens (Die Another Day) stars as Flint, the most brilliant and most feared pirate captain of his day, who 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.

With music scored by none other than Battlestar Galactica and Walking Dead composer, Bear McCreary, it sets the tone for a new series that will continue the trend of the best dramas on television being far away from the "big four" networks.

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