With "The White Queen," Starz Bets on a Woman's Point of View

The historical soap opera "The White Queen" brings to life England's War of the Roses.

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Janet McTeer as Jacquetta Woodville and Rebecca Ferguson as Elizabeth Woodville in Starz's 'The White Queen,' which premieres on Starz at 8 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 10.

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"The White Queen" premieres just as Starz has announced the cancellation of another of its glossy series, "Magic City," a "Sopranos"-like drama set in 1950s Miami. Nevertheless, Starz CEO Chris Albrecht told reporters at Television Critics Association press tour that the channel intended to have 50 hours of original programming by 2014.

"All the pay channels are looking for shows that have a distinct voice and vision," says Callender, who, as an exec at HBO from 1999-2009, oversaw its ascension. "That this is history told from the point of view of a woman was an attractive point of view for Starz."

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