TV has had a long love affair with the 1960s, including such standouts as The Wonder Years and Mad Men. There have also been belly flops such as Pan Am. William Monahan, who won an Oscar for penning “The Departed,” is heading to the 60s with Crime, a drama for Starz Network. He will write and produce.
The network describes the show as “a study of criminal enterprise and scandal across 1960s Britain.” It will also look at how the culture of the 60s, including art and fashion, affects that underground world. Will viewers share Monahan’s interest in 60s Britain and its criminal element? Having an award-winning scribe on hand can’t hurt its chances. Monahan also did the screenplay for Robert Rodriguez’s upcoming sequel “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.”
Starz is following the successful model of pay cable networks such as HBO, which transitioned from showing movies to creating its own hit shows. Among the shows its bringing in 2013 are the final season of Spartacus, Magic City, Da Vinci’s Demons and The White Queen.
Spartacus became a popular show for the network. But its star, Andy Whitfield, had to leave the show after being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. After a leave of absence from the show, Whitfield died in 2011.
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