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Starz Pulls Plug on Plans to Air Crime Series THR

Starz has pulled the plug on its plans for an upcoming crime drama. The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that the pay-cable network dropped out of the project “Fortitude,” with the network no longer planning to air the series after pulling out of the co-production with Sky Atlantic.

The cable channel had planned to air the 13-episode series in 2014, but Starz said in a statement: "Due to changes in the Sky Atlantic production of ‘Fortitude,’ Starz will not be licensing the series in the U.S.” The project was the first co-production deal between Starz and Sky Atlantic.

Instead, Starz said it will “fast-track” several projects on its 2014 programming slate.

According to Deadline.com’s Nellie Andreeva, the reason for the move was the possibility that “Fortitude” “could not meet the delivery dates needed by Starz.”

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