Starz jumps on binge bandwagon with ‘Da Vinci’s Demons,’ ‘Flesh and Bone’

Tom Riley stars as the famed Italian inventor in "Da Vinci's Demons" on Starz. | Starz

Starz is taking a page out of the Netflix playbook, giving viewers the entire seasons of two of its shows all at once.

The premium cable network announced Friday at the TV critics’ summer press tour that it will drop all 10 episodes of the third and final season of “Da Vinci’s Demons” on Starz Play and Starz On Demand when the historical fantasy series returns from a lengthy hiatus Oct. 24.

All eight episodes of Starz’s new limited series “Flesh and Bone” will go live when that drama debuts Nov. 8.

Created by “Breaking Bad” writer and executive producer Moira Walley-Beckett, “Flesh and Bone” follows a young dancer (Sarah Hay, “Black Swan”) plagued by her own demons as she joins a prestigious New York City ballet company.

“I’m excited about the binge, because that’s how I would watch it,” Walley-Beckett said during Friday’s “Flesh and Bone” panel. She added that the first two episodes of the gritty ballerina drama are the lightest of the bunch.

“This is a character drama and ballet in the backdrop,” the showrunner said.

“Both series are engaging and well-suited for a binge viewing experiment,” said David Baldwin, Starz vice president of program planning, in a written statement. “In the busy fall television season, we thought this was a terrific benefit for Starz subscribers who want to get a jump and enjoy the complete series on their own time and schedule.”

Earlier this year, NBC took the unusual step of serving up all episodes of its David Duchovny-starring “Aquarius” simultaneously on various video-on-demand platforms.

For those who want to watch the old-fashioned way, “Da Vinci’s Demons” will make its linear premiere at 8 p.m. (Central) on Saturday, Oct. 24, and episodes will air at that time every Saturday night through Dec. 26.

“Flesh and Bone” bows at 8 p.m. (Central) on Sunday, Nov. 8, and will run at that time each Sunday through Dec. 27.

When asked if Starz might take the binge approach with some of its other series, President Chris Albrecht said he’d be open to it — but not when it comes to a show like “Outlander.”

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