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Starz Pirate Drama ‘Black Sails’ Gets Early Season 3 Order, Releases Season 2 Trailer (Video)

The renewal arrives months ahead of the series’ second season return in January 2015

Fans of Starz pirate drama “Black Sails” haven’t even seen its second season, but now they have a third to look forward to. The pay cable channel has ordered a third season of the series months ahead of its Season 2 debut in January 2015.

“The incredible world that Jon Steinberg and Robert Levine have created continues to unfold in Season 2,” Starz managing director Carmi Zlotnik said in a statement. “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 3 will bring even more of the drama and lore that has made it a hit both in the U.S. and internationally.”

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Starz didn’t indicate how many episodes it ordered for Season 3. Season 1 had eight episodes while Season 2 will have 10.

The early green light for Season 3 is actually not that strange for the drama. Starz renewed “Black Sails” for its second season in July 2013, about six months before its January 2014 series debut.

Its debut broke Starz viewership records with more than 3.5 million viewers over its premiere weekend. It went on to average 5.3 million viewers per episode (live and delayed viewing). The series also brings in revenue from global distribution as it’s seen in about 130 countries and territories around the world.

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Created by Steinberg (“Jericho,” “Human Target”) and Levine (“Touch”), “Black Sails” is executive produced by Michael Bay (“Transformers,” “Armageddon,” “Pearl Harbor”) and his Platinum Dunes partners Brad Fuller and Andrew Form (“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” “The Purge”).

It portrays Captain Flint (Toby Stephens) and his men 20 years before they were introduced to the world in Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel, “Treasure Island.”

“Black Sails” also stars Hannah New, Luke Arnold, Jessica Parker Kennedy and Zach McGowan.

Also read: Starz’s ‘Black Sails’ Review: A Really Slow Journey Through Pirate Life

The renewal arrives only a day after Starz handed an early Season 2 renewal to its LeBron James-produced comedy “Survivor’s Remorse.” Freshman drama “Outlander” also received an early Season 2 renewal in August. It will return for the second half of Season 1 in April 2015.

The second season of “Black Sails” premieres Jan. 24, 2015 at 9 p.m. ET on Starz.

Watch a trailer for Season 2 below: