Premiere Episode of Starz' 'The White Queen' Draws 2.6 Million Viewers Over Multiple Weekend Telecasts

The premiere of Starz’ ‘The White Queen’ netted 2.6 million viewers on Starz & Encore over the weekend.  Read More...

This Week In TV For August 5-11 2013

.twitv-show-image { float: left; } .twitv-show-image img { margin:0 !important; } .twitv-writeup { float: left; margin-left: 15px; width: 408px; font:14px/18px Arial, Helvetica, Geneva, sans-serif; } .twitv { padding: 10px; height: 160px; } .chooseLeft { float: left; width: 120px; display: inline; color: #505050; } .weekList { float: right; display: inline; } .showlist { width:708px !important; } .showlist .showHeader { width: 669px !important; } Choose a day: Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Monday's Picks The Bachelorette Whoa. WHOA! After last week’s exit by Brooks, and Desiree’s subsequent meltdown, we have no idea how tonight’s finale will play out. Will Desiree actually choose someone? Or just wander off into the distance, sobbing? We do know this: whatever does happen, it will take two-hours (and an after special !) to play out. Go to episode » 8:00PM on ABC Chelsea Lately Apparently Lindsay Lohan went straight from rehab to a guest hosting spot on a show in which the host and panelists are rarely sober. That’s just solid post-rehab planning on Ms. Lohan’s part. L’chaim! Go to episode » 11:00PM on E! Tuesday's Picks Sex, Lies, and Zumba Did you hear the story about the Zumba instructor in Maine who turned out to be a prostitute who "worked" out of her studio, and recorded some of her "sessions"? No? Well then this TLC documentary special is for you! Go to episode » 10:00PM on TLC Drunk History Are you watching this yet? Because it’s probably the funniest show of the summer. In tonight’s lesson, San Francisco is the setting, and Kristen Wiig reenacts the Patty Hearst kidnapping, which, for you younger kids, was kind of a big deal in the dark ages of the 1970s. Go to episode » 10:00PM on Comedy Central Wednesday's Picks Law & Order: UK Let’s all get British tonight! The seventh season of the U.K. version of the American TV staple gets its stateside premiere on BBC America. Go to episode » 9:00PM on BBCA Broadchurch This new series featuring former Doctor Who star David Tennant is centered on a crime in the seaside town of Broadchurch. The show has already been targeted by the Fox network for a U.S. remake in 2014. See? Re-doing TV shows works both ways! Go to episode » 10:00PM on BBCA Thursday's Picks Sharkpocalypse While we’re pretty sure Sharkpocalypse has nothing to do with Sharknado , it still has us wondering what would happen If you combined sharks with other natural disasters. Sharkquake, anyone? Go to episode » 9:00PM on Discovery Friday's Picks What Not to Wear It’s the beginning of the end for this long-running fashion dos and don’ts series, which we guess means everyone now knows what not to wear, and their services are no longer needed. Go to episode » 9:00PM on TLC Magic City We were watching this purely because we were missing Mad Men and that show’s mid-century fashions and cars, and now this series has been canceled and is coming to an end. What now? WHAT NOW? Go to episode » 9:00PM on STARZ Saturday's Picks The White Queen This historical drama is set during the War of the Roses in 15th-century England, as the Houses of York and Lancaster battle for the royal throne, with a focus on the women who, inevitably, control the men. Go to episode » 10:00PM on STARZ Clear History Oh, OK. THIS can help our Mad Men withdrawal! Jon Hamm costars in this made-for-HBO movie, written by and starring Larry David as a business man who loses out on miliions, and sets out for revenge. Go to episode » 9:00PM on HBO Sunday's Picks Breaking Bad Oh man. We’ve been waiting for this for so long, and now we’re almost sad that it’s finally here since it means in eight weeks it will be gone forever! But we won’t dwell on that. Instead, we’ll relish every minute as we pray for both Walt’s comeuppance AND redemption. Go to episode » 9:00PM on AMC Low Winter Sun Perhaps this new series will help fill the void when BB leaves us. Based on a British series of the same name , and starring the same lead actor (Mark Strong), playing an American version of the same role, it’s centered on corrupt cops and the criminal underworld of Detroit. Go to episode » 10:00pm on AMC Talking Bad Yes, it’s a little silly to air a talk show about a series an hour after said show finished airing, but for whatever reason, AMC has decided to air Breaking Bad at 9pm instead of 10pm. Hopefully you’ll actually remember what happened on tonight’s episode by the time this comes around. Short attention spans! We haz them. Go to episode » 11:00PM on AMC

Is 'The White Queen' The New 'Game Of Thrones'?

The medieval world depicted in HBO's Game of Thrones is decidedly not of this Earth -- um, dragons! -- but it does find real world-inspiration for many of its battles, mad monarchs, and palace intrigue in the War of the Roses, the dynastic fight for the throne of England that occurred in the mid- to late-1400s. Accordingly, any TV show about the War of the Roses is bound to bear some similarities to Game of Thrones, right? Starz's latest drama, The White Queen, is based on Philippa Gregory's historical novels and is so similar to Game of Thrones that it might even help fill the void for anyone who just can't wait until the fourth season of HBO's epic drama arrives next spring. Consider these connections:

'The White Queen': Philippa Gregory's novel makes for historical, sexy television

It's never been easy to be a widow, but in the late Middle Ages, a mother left without a husband faced a future fraught with peril for herself and her children. And when that woman was in the middle of a national struggle, it took an extraordinary kind of courage and intelligence to not only survive but to rise.Premiering Saturday, Aug. 10 (with an advance screening on Friday, Aug. 9) on Starz, the 10-episode limited series "The White Queen" is set in pre-Tudor Britain in 1464, as the nation is embroiled in the Wars of the Roses, a series of dynastic conflicts between the related Houses of Lancaster (symbolized by the red rose) and York (symbolized by the white rose).The story focuses on British commoner Elizabeth Woodville (Rebecca Ferguson), the widow of a supporter of the House of York with two young sons. Through a twist of fate, she is introduced to King Edward IV...

Starz's The White Queen Puts a Sexy, Feminist Spin on England's Wars of the Roses

  Prepare for the real game of thrones. Many films and TV series have taken on Henry VIII and the Tudors, but shockingly little has been done on the English dynasty that preceded them: the magnificently brutal Plantagenets. That's odd, considering that the Plantagenets, who battled one another for 30 years in the calamitous Wars of the Roses, did just as much roaring and whoring as the Tudors did — and were way more dangerous and dysfunctional. Starz plans to rectify this royal oversight with The White Queen , a sweeping, sexually ...

Starz to Air Advance Screening of "The White Queen" Following "Magic City" Season Two Finale on Friday, August 9 at 10PM ET/PT

Plus: check out a new trailer for the 10-episode limited series.

'The White Queen': History, as told by Philippa Gregory and Starz

Based on the novels of Philippa Gregory ("The Other Boleyn Girl"), "The White Queen" tells the historical story of the War of the Roses. Starz presented the series at the TCA press tour, bringing English history to super-dramatic life.Honestly, it looks like it will be a wild ride.The central character of "The White Queen" is Elizabeth Woodville (Rebecca Ferguson), the wife of King Edward IV (Max Irons) of England in the 15th century. Following this commoner's marriage to the King, the story continues to follow Elizabeth through many court-set dramas. Romance, violence and even witchcraft figure into what happens next.In addition to Gregory, Ferguson and Irons, the TCA presentation featured James Frain (Lord Warwick), Janet McTeer (Jacquetta Woodville) and screenwriter Emma Frost.Quotes, many of them from Philippa Gregory:"I'm utterly indifferent to Kate Middleton's baby." - Philippa Gregory"It's going to have a terrible life, but if it was a girl, it would be a nightmare."...

Starz Releases The White Queen Inside Look

Starz’s inside look at The White Queen makes it clear that the women will be taking center stage in the battle for the throne of England. Based on Philippa Gregory’s The Cousins’War, the 10-part series is set in 1464 when the newly crowned King Edward IV (Max Irons) chooses Elizabeth Woodville (Rebecca Ferguson) as his Queen setting off a deadly power struggle between The House of York and The House of Lancaster (which were, in fact, two sides of the same family). READ MORE...

The White Queen Key Art: Unveiled!

Starz has come out with the first official poster for The White Queen . Premiering August 10, the upcoming drama is based on Philippa Gregory’s best-selling novels and will star Rebecca Ferguson, Max Irons, Janet McTeer, James Frain and Amanda Hall. It will be set in 14646 and focus on a feud between The House of York and The House of Lancaster, as war ravages Great Britain regarding who ought to be the rightful king. Read More...

'The White Queen' Draws More Than 5 Million Viewers in BBC Debut

With an average audience of 5.3 million, the medieval drama, a co-production with Starz, won the U.K. ratings in the Sunday 9pm time slot.