Starz cancels ‘Heels’, ‘Run The World’ & ‘Blindspotting’, drops ‘The Venery Of Samantha Bird’

Run The World

Starz has trimmed its scripted output with three cancellations and the axing of The Venery Of Samantha Bird, which had been delayed by the US writers strike.

Heels, Run The World and Blindspotting have all been pulled after two seasons, with the former show tracking the lives of two wrestlers and being produced by Lionsgate and Paramount.

Run The World, meanwhile, followed a group of women in their 30’s living in Harlem and was produced by SisterLee Productions and Lionsgate Television, while Blindspotting, another Lionsgate show, explored how a middle class family were affected when the father was sent to prison.

Starz is also not moving ahead with New England-based drama The Venery Of Samantha Bird, despite the show only having two more episodes to film following a production pause in May because of the strikes.

Lionsgate and Paramount were both attached to the series, whose future is now unclear.

The cancellations, first reported by Variety, come ahead of a potentially turbulent 2024 for the US cable network, which had been due to be split from parent Lionsgate. That plan was paused last month following Lionsgate’s acquisition of Entertainment One.

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