Starz orders show from 'Breaking Bad' writer Moira Walley-Beckett
Well, this might already be our favorite show of 2015.
STARZ announced today that it's greenlighting a new drama called Flesh and Bone, about a young ballet dancer with a troubled past who joins a prestigious ballet company in New York. The best part? It's from Breaking Bad writer and producer Moira Walley-Beckett, who will also write and executive produce the series.
We're thrilled to see someone from the Breaking Bad family back at work, and we especially love the idea of Walley-Beckett (who's actually a former ballet dancer) running her own show. She joined Bad, which wrapped its five-season run in September 2013, in its second season and as an executive producer helped shaped its later seasons. She's also responsible for writing some of the show's very best episodes, including season 3's Fly, season 4's penultimate episode End Times, season 5's first-half finale Gliding Over All and season 5's Ozymandias, one of the show's most riveting and devastating hours.
But the other big reason we're stoked about Flesh and Bone is its setting: the world of ballet. Specifically, the "dark and gritty" nature of the biz, according to Starz's press release. For one thing, it's a premise that's not already done to death on TV right now, which is refreshing. And the high stakes world of professional dance always makes for great drama. (We're thinking Center Stage, but for the small screen.)
Dancer Sarah Hay (who was in Black Swan) will play the main character Claire, joining a cast including principal dancers from the American Ballet Theatre, so the ballet will be legit. Production is scheduled to begin in New York City in early 2014, so expect Flesh and Bone to debut on STARZ some time in 2015.