TV Quick Hits: ‘Black Sails’ (officially) renewed; ‘Cristela’ ratings; ‘Banshee’ season 3 tease

It could happen -Cristela” starts okay for ABC – It’s funny how relative ratings are. A 1.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic is considered atrocious most nights, but on Fridays, it is suddenly the new “okay.” That is what “Cristela” has going for it right now.

The much-promoted new sitcom, which had a pretty heft promotional campaign behind it despite an initial low budget, started off with that 1.3 rating. The good news? It built on the 1.2 of “Last Man Standing,” and most reviews are positive. With ABC having nothing better to put on the air Fridays, it’s probably going to be around for at least its initial run of 13 episodes.

Black Sails” renewal official – This news was rumored to be happening a few months ago, but it’s now official: There will be a third season stuffed full of pirates in various stages of undress fighting each other! It’s somewhat unusual for us to see this sort of thing happen at some point before a season 2 premiere; Starz typically gives a show two seasons to try itself out, but then waits on the next renewal.

In their celebratory speech, network managing director Carmi Zlotnik said the following:

“The incredible world that Jon Steinberg and Robert Levine have created continues to unfold in season two … Flint’s journey is riveting, and around him, Jon and Robert have woven an intricate web of conflict, betrayal, and redemption for the other characters that we believe will keep fans of the show coming back for more. We think that season three will bring even more of the drama and lore that has made it a hit both in the U.S. and internationally.”

“Internationally” is the key word here. This show has a model that can make it extremely profitable even if its ratings are only decent in America.

“Banshee” promo – While you may still be waiting until 2015 to see the new season premiere on Cinemax, think of the teaser at the bottom of this article as … well, a teaser. It does have a pretty cool theme when it comes to washing away your sins.

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