black sails toby stephens Starz renews 'Black Sails' for Season 2; Season 1 still six months away“Black Sails,” a series about pirates on Starz, has been renewed for a second season.

If you’re wondering if you missed a first season, you haven’t: Season 1 isn’t due to premiere until January 2014.

Cable channels have made very early pickups before — Starz did it with “Boss,” picking up a second season about a month before its series premiere in 2011. But a six-months-early pickup may be a record for pre-renewals.

“[Executive producers] Michael Bay, Jon Steinberg and their teams delivered a spectacular first season of ‘Black Sails,’ and we are incredibly proud of everyone’s work,” Starz CEO Chris Albrecht says. “Based on the strong fan response to the preview screening at last week’s Comic-Con, we felt an early order for a second season would allow the writers, cast and crew enough time and space to continue crafting such unique and epic storytelling.”

“Black Sails” is a prequel to Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Treasure Island” and stars Toby Stephens (“Die Another Day,” BBC’s “Robin Hood”) as Capt. Flint and Luke Arnold as a young John Silver.

Posted by:Rick Porter