TCA16: Starz Sets New Development Slate

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Beverly Hills, Calif. -- Starz will look to add to its scripted series lineup with several new shows in development, the network announced during its Television Critics Association summer press tour.

The development slate includes Dirty Girls Social Club, a series based on the best-selling novel by Alisa Valdes with Ligiah Villalobos serving as showrunner about six diverse professional women living in New York City who have known each other since college; Pussy Valley, created and written by Katori Hall (The Mountaintop, Hurt Village, The Blood Quilt) which profiles the lives of pole dancers working in Mississippi, and Teresa, based on the highly-rated, award-winning Mexican telenovela of the same name and focuses on an undocumented young Latina clawing her way into the exclusive world of Los Angeles wealth.

The network also announced that it has greenlit sophomore seasons for comic horror series Ash vs Evil Dead and Patrick Stewart comedy Blunt Talk.

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