Starz Orders a Trio of Series

Sep 21, 2006  •  Post A Comment

Starz has ordered three new series, including a stand-up comedy program being executive produced by actor-comedian Martin Lawrence.

The projects represent the channel’s ongoing foray into original programming, which the movie network typically uses as short interstitial between theatrical films.

The project with Mr. Lawrence, however, is a half-hour stand-alone series. Called “Martin Lawrence’s 1st Amendment Stand-Up,” the 12-episode series will showcase young comedians and debut in the first quarter of 2007.

“Our goal with originals is to complement our movie strategy and to expand our programming offerings on all our platforms,” said Stephan Shelanski, senior VP of programming for Starz. “We plan to create unique and unconventional shows to achieve this goal.”

Another program, “The Bronx Bunny,” is a celebrity interview show hosted by rude puppets based on a U.K. series of the same title. Ten 15-minute episodes have been ordered.

The third project is “Head Case,” a scripted original series about a celebrity therapist. Twenty 5-minute episodes have been ordered.