Starz has decided to make upcoming ballet drama Flesh And Bone into a fabled “limited series”.
Per Deadline, the format change will require no reshoots, additional footage or changes to the script, with the eight episodes airing as originally intended, and the season finale serving as a “satisfying” series conclusion.
By seriable definition, a “limited series” doesn’t preclude a second season – rather it refers to the ‘limited’ number of episodes and can, depending on the flexible use of the term, point to a certain amount of closure at the end of the season (often as a pre-cancellation/PR safety net).
Starz are placing extra emphasis on Flesh And Bone Season 1 being able to stand on its own, with CEO Chris Albrecht saying:
“Moira is one of the most talented auteurs in television today, and the work she and her team have done on Flesh and Bone is nothing short of spectacular. It is a tremendous undertaking to mix drama and dance, all the while keeping the world and story as authentic as possible, and Moira has accomplished this brilliantly. After seeing all the film, we realized this is not serialized television, but rather an eight-hour movie with a satisfying end for the audience. Therefore, we believe the best way to present Flesh and Bone is as a limited series. This format has been incredibly successful for Starz in terms of viewership, critical acclaim and awards recognition, and is the new growing format for true auteur-driven storytelling in premium TV today.”
Will Starz hold firm on its interpretation of a “limited series,” or will – if Flesh And Bone does well – a second season be in the offing? Have the cancellation excuses already begun?
Watch this space as Flesh And Bone enters the cancel/renew dance…