First Three Episodes of “Heels” Available to Stream for Free





First Three Episodes of “Heels,” Critically Acclaimed Wrestling Drama Starring Stephen Amell and Alexander Ludwig, Available to Stream for Free Beginning Friday, September 17
The episodes will also be available on Amazon, Apple, Att, Century Link, Charter, Comcast, Cox, Dish, Dtv, Google, Roku, Sling, Verizon And Vubiquity.
[via press release from Starz]
FIRST THREE EPISODES OF “HEELS,” CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED WRESTLING DRAMA STARRING STEPHEN AMELL AND ALEXANDER LUDWIG, AVAILABLE TO STREAM FOR FREE BEGINNING FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17

Los Angeles, CA – September 16, 2021 – STARZ announced today that the first three episodes of the critically acclaimed wrestling drama “Heels,” starring Stephen Amell and Alexander Ludwig, will be available to stream for free on Facebook, YouTube and the STARZ App beginning Friday, September 17 (12:01am ET on STARZ app; 8:00am PT on Facebook and YouTube). The episodes will also be available on Amazon, Apple, Att, Century Link, Charter, Comcast, Cox, Dish, Dtv, Google, Roku, Sling, Verizon And Vubiquity.

Rated Certified Fresh at 96% on Rotten Tomatoes, critics have described the gritty drama as “a scraped and broken bone take on the pursuit of the American dream,” (Deadline), “a beautifully shot and well-written love letter to independent wrestling” (TVLine) and “heartbreakingly real” (Mashable).

Written and created by Executive Producer Michael Waldron (“Loki,” the upcoming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness) with Executive Producer Mike O’Malley (“Shameless,” “Survivor’s Remorse”) as showrunner, “Heels” stars Stephen Amell (“Arrow”) as Jack Spade, with Alexander Ludwig (The Hunger Games, “Vikings”) playing his younger brother, Ace. Peter Segal (Get Smart, 50 First Dates, Tommy Boy, “Shameless”), who directs several episodes, also serves as Executive Producer.

The drama series also stars Alison Luff as Staci Spade, Jack’s wife who learns that she has to contend with the emotional stakes her in-laws have invested in their wrestling goals and the demands it puts on her family; Mary McCormack as Willie Day, Jack’s business partner and the logistical brains behind the local wrestling organization; Kelli Berglund as Crystal Tyler, Ace’s valet, and love interest; Allen Maldonado as Rooster Robbins, one of the best wrestlers in the circuit who always has something to prove and always backs it up; two-time Super Bowl champion James Harrison as Apocalypse, a been-around-the-block journeyman wrestler who’s been at it for decades and has no illusions of fame or glory; and Chris Bauer as Wild Bill Hancock, a larger-than-life former wrestling star who is now a high-level pro wrestling scout.

Along with Waldron, O’Malley, and Segal, LBI Entertainment’s Julie Yorn (Hell or High Water, White Boy Rick, The Dirt), Christopher Donnelly, and Patrick Walmsley will also serve as Executive Producers. “Heels” is produced by Lionsgate TV for STARZ in association with Paramount Television Studios.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: “Heels” on STARZ: https://www.starz.com/us/en/series/heels/60760 Follow “Heels” on Twitter: https://twitter.com/HeelsSTARZ Follow “Heels” on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/heelsstarz/ Follow “Heels” on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HeelsSTARZ/ #HeelsSTARZ



STARZ RELEASES “HEELS” MAIN TITLE THEME SONG, “LOVE IN WAR,” FROM BEN BRIDWELL





STARZ RELEASES “HEELS” MAIN TITLE THEME SONG, “LOVE IN WAR,” FROM BEN BRIDWELL, LEAD SINGER OF GRAMMY-NOMINATED ROCK GROUP

BAND OF HORSES, AND SERIES COMPOSER JEFF CARDONI,

AHEAD OF THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED SERIES PREMIERE

WATCH THE MAIN TITLE FEATURE FOR “LOVE IN WAR” HERE

https://www.starz.com/videos/embed/3d184129-b4a1-49d5-b8aa-4684cacd8dee

New Wrestling Drama Starring Stephen Amell and Alexander Ludwig Premieres Sunday, August 15 on STARZ

In advance of the highly anticipated premiere of the already critically acclaimed upcoming drama series, “Heels,” STARZ today released the main title theme song, “Love in War,” a song co-collaborated on by Ben Bridwell, front man of the Grammy-nominated American rock group Band of Horses, alongside series composer Jeff Cardoni. “Heels” premieres Sunday, August 15 at 9 pm ET on STARZ.

The main musical theme wasn’t originally in the line of duty for Cardoni, until music supervisor Jonathan Leahy suggested that Cardoni and Bridwell pair up. Together, they created a main title theme that is emotional, uplifting and poignant.

“As a southern kid who grew up watching wrestling and waiting after the matches to get autographs, I was thrilled and honored to be asked by Jeff Cardoni and Jonathon Leahy (music supervisor) to contribute to the Heels theme,” says Brindwell. “It really does feel like a dream indeed. I was stunned when they liked my rough demo, and then chose to use the final version. I’ve wanted to work more in television and film, and I am so grateful for the opportunity.”

This series is a story about the men and women who chase their dreams in the world of small-town pro wrestling. Set in a close-knit Georgia community, it follows a family-owned wrestling promotion as two brothers and rivals war over their late father’s legacy. In the ring, somebody must play the good guy and somebody must play their nemesis, the heel. But in the real world, those characters can be hard to live up to — or hard to leave behind.

About “HEELS”

Written and created by Executive Producer Michael Waldron (“Loki,” the upcoming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness) with Executive Producer Mike O’Malley (“Shameless,” “Survivor’s Remorse”) as showrunner, “Heels” stars Stephen Amell (“Arrow”) as Jack Spade, with Alexander Ludwig (The Hunger Games, “Vikings”) playing his younger brother, Ace. Peter Segal (Get Smart, 50 First Dates, Tommy Boy, “Shameless”), who directs several episodes, also serves as Executive Producer.

The drama series also stars Alison Luff as Staci Spade, Jack’s wife who learns that she has to contend with the emotional stakes her in-laws have invested in their wrestling goals and the demands it puts on her family; Mary McCormack as Willie Day, Jack’s business partner and the logistical brains behind the local wrestling organization; Kelli Berglund as Crystal Tyler, Ace’s valet, and love interest; Allen Maldonado as Rooster Robbins, one of the best wrestlers in the circuit who always has something to prove and always backs it up; two-time Super Bowl champion James Harrison as Apocalypse, a been-around-the-block journeyman wrestler who’s been at it for decades and has no illusions of fame or glory; and Chris Bauer as Wild Bill Hancock, a larger-than-life former wrestling star who is now a high-level pro wrestling scout.

Along with Waldron, O’Malley, and Segal, LBI Entertainment’s Julie Yorn (Hell or High Water, White Boy Rick, The Dirt), Christopher Donnelly, and Patrick Walmsley will also serve as Executive Producers. “Heels” is produced by Lionsgate TV for STARZ in association with Paramount Television Studios.



SNEAK PEEK: STARZ Releases New Look At “Heels” Following ComicCon@Home





STARZ presented a virtual panel for Heels at Comic-Con@Home earlier today. Series information and a link to a sneak peek and character art that debuted during the panel are below:


Today, Friday, July 23, STARZ released a sneak peek and character art for the upcoming original drama series Heels, at Comic-Con@Home following a virtual panel with series stars, Stephen Amell, Alexander Ludwig, Alison Luff, Mary McCormack, Kelli Berglund, James Harrison, Allen Maldonado, Chris Bauer. The cast was joined by writer, creator and Executive Producer Michael Waldron and Mike O’Malley who also serves as Executive Producer. Heels premieres worldwide on Sunday, August 15 across all STARZ platforms, including at 9 PM ET/PT on STARZ in the U.S. and Canada.

Written and created by Executive Producer Michael Waldron (“Loki,” the upcoming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness) with Executive Producer Mike O’Malley (“Shameless,” “Survivor’s Remorse”) as showrunner, “Heels” stars Stephen Amell (“Arrow”) as Jack Spade, with Alexander Ludwig (The Hunger Games, “Vikings”) playing his younger brother, Ace. Peter Segal (Get Smart, 50 First Dates, Tommy Boy, “Shameless”), who directs several episodes, also serves as executive producer.

The drama series also stars Alison Luff as Staci Spade, Jack’s wife who learns that she has to contend with the emotional stakes her in-laws have invested in their wrestling goals and the demands it puts on her family; Mary McCormack as Willie Day, Jack’s business partner and the logistical brains behind the local wrestling organization; Kelli Berglund as Crystal Tyler, Ace’s valet and love interest; Allen Maldonado as Rooster Robbins, one of the best wrestlers in the circuit who always has something to prove and always backs it up; two-time Super Bowl champion James Harrison as Apocalypse, a been-around-the-block journeyman wrestler who’s been at it for decades and has no illusions of fame or glory; and Chris Bauer as Wild Bill Hancock, a larger-than-life former wrestling star who is now a high-level pro wrestling scout.

Along with Waldron, O’Malley and Segal, LBI Entertainment’s Julie Yorn (Hell or High Water, White Boy Rick, The Dirt), Christopher Donnelly and Patrick Walmsley will also serve as executive producers. “Heels” is produced by Lionsgate TV for STARZ in association with Paramount Television Studios.

https://www.starz.com/videos/embed/bbd6d1bb-bdb1-409c-8b60-33245c7c90d6?footer=false&cid=1207296



STARZ REVEALS EXTENDED TRAILER AND KEY ART FOR WRESTLING DRAMA “HEELS”





STARZ REVEALS EXTENDED TRAILER AND KEY ART FOR WRESTLING DRAMA “HEELS”

PREMIERING AUGUST 15

Additionally, STARZ Sets Comic-Con@Home Panel 2021 with cast and creators for Friday, July 23 at 10 AM PT

Santa Monica, Calif. – Monday, July 19, 2021 – STARZ released the official extended trailer and key art today for its new original drama series “Heels,” set in the world of independent professional wrestling. The new STARZ original series will premiere worldwide on Sunday, August 15 across all STARZ platforms, including at 9 PM ET/PT on STARZ in the U.S. and Canada, and will air day and date internationally on the STARZPLAY premium streaming platform across its complete footprint in Europe, Latin America and Japan.

Written and created by Executive Producer Michael Waldron (“Loki,” the upcoming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness) with Executive Producer Mike O’Malley (“Shameless,” “Survivor’s Remorse”) as showrunner, “Heels” stars Stephen Amell (“Arrow”) as Jack Spade, with Alexander Ludwig (The Hunger Games, “Vikings”) playing his younger brother, Ace. Peter Segal (Get Smart, 50 First Dates, Tommy Boy, “Shameless”), who directs several episodes, also serves as executive producer.

STARZ also announced “Heels” will be part of Comic-Con@Home 2021 on Friday, July 23 at 10 AM PT/1 PM ET with a panel featuring Waldron, O’Malley and the cast, along with a never-before-seen sneak peek.

“Heels” is a story about the men and women who chase their dreams in the world of small town pro wrestling. Set in a close-knit Georgia community, it follows a family-owned wrestling promotion as two brothers and rivals war over their late father’s legacy. In the ring, somebody must play the good guy and somebody must play their nemesis, the heel. But in the real world, those characters can be hard to live up to — or hard to leave behind.

The drama series also stars Alison Luff as Staci Spade, Jack’s wife who learns that she has to contend with the emotional stakes her in-laws have invested in their wrestling goals and the demands it puts on her family; Mary McCormack as Willie Day, Jack’s business partner and the logistical brains behind the local wrestling organization; Kelli Berglund as Crystal Tyler, Ace’s valet and love interest; Allen Maldonado as Rooster Robbins, one of the best wrestlers in the circuit who always has something to prove and always backs it up; two-time Super Bowl champion James Harrison as Apocalypse, a been-around-the-block journeyman wrestler who’s been at it for decades and has no illusions of fame or glory; and Chris Bauer as Wild Bill Hancock, a larger-than-life former wrestling star who is now a high-level pro wrestling scout.

Along with Waldron, O’Malley and Segal, LBI Entertainment’s Julie Yorn (Hell or High Water, White Boy Rick, The Dirt), Christopher Donnelly and Patrick Walmsley will also serve as executive producers. “Heels” is produced by Lionsgate TV for STARZ in association with Paramount Television Studios.

About STARZ

STARZ (www.starz.com), a Lionsgate company, is a leading global media streaming platform committed to delivering premium content that amplifies narratives by, about and for women and underrepresented audiences. STARZ is home to the highly-rated and first-of-its-kind STARZ app that offers the ability to stream or download STARZ premium content, as well as the flagship domestic STARZ® service, including STARZ ENCORE, 17 premium pay TV channels, and the associated on-demand and online services. In 2018, STARZ launched its STARZPLAY international premium streaming platform to provide subscribers access to the “best of global SVOD.” STARZPLAY, coupled with its STARZPLAY ARABIA joint venture, has expanded its global footprint into more than 55 countries throughout Europe and Latin America along with Canada, Japan, India and Indonesia. STARZ and STARZPLAY are available across digital OTT platforms and multichannel video distributors, including cable operators, satellite television providers, and telecommunications companies around the world. In February 2021, STARZ launched #TakeTheLead, a multi-faceted and innovative inclusion initiative expanding its existing efforts to improve representation on screen, behind the camera and throughout the company.



Video: “Heels” – Official Teaser – Starz





Video: “Heels” – Official Teaser – Starz
Stephen Amell and Alexander Ludwig star in “Heels,” premiering August 15 on Starz.
[via press release from Starz]
Heels | Official Teaser | STARZ

In this life you’re either the hero or the heel. Stephen Amell and Alexander Ludwig star in Heels, premiering August 15 on STARZ.

#Heels​ #STARZ​

Written by Michael Waldron and directed by Peter Segal, with Mike O’Malley as showrunner, Heels is a story about the men and women who chase their dreams in the world of small town pro wrestling. Set in a close-knit Georgia community, it follows a family-owned wrestling promotion as two brothers and rivals, Jack Spade (Stephen Amell) and Ace Spade (Alexander Ludwig), war over their late father’s legacy. In the ring, somebody must play the good guy (Ludwig) and somebody must play their nemesis, the heel (Amell). But in the real world, those characters can be hard to live up to – or hard to leave behind.



Starz Pins Down Three Series Regulars for “Heels”





Starz Pins Down Three Series Regulars for “Heels”
Chris Bauer, Allen Maldonado and James Harrison are the latest additions to the project.

[via press release from Starz]

STARZ PINS DOWN THREE SERIES REGULARS FOR “HEELS”

Chris Bauer, Allen Maldonado and James Harrison Join Cast

Santa Monica, Calif. – March 11, 2020 – Starz, a Lionsgate company (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B), today announced Chris Bauer (“The Deuce,” “True Blood,” “The Wire”), Allen Maldonado (“The Last O.G.,” “Black-ish,” “You’re the Worst”) and two-time Super Bowl champion James Harrison (“S.W.A.T.”, Remember Amnesia) have been cast as series regulars in the STARZ Original series “Heels.”

Chris Bauer will portray “Wild Bill Hancock,” a larger-than-life former wrestling star who is now a high-level pro wrestling scout. Allen Maldonado plays “Rooster Robbins,” one of the best wrestlers in the circuit who always has something to prove, and always backs it up. James Harrison, Jr. is cast in the role of “Apocalypse,” a been-around-the-block journeyman wrestler who’s been at it for decades and has no illusions of fame or glory.

Chris Bauer most recently starred in “The Deuce” and “For All Mankind” and he portrayed Jimmy Flaherty for four seasons of the STARZ Original hit series “Survivor’s Remorse.” He also starred in “True Blood,” the award- winning FX limited series “The People vs. OJ Simpson” and is known for his acclaimed role as union boss “Frank Sobotka” in “The Wire.” Bauer will next be seen opposite Denzel Washington in the Warner Bros. film The Little Things. Other film appearances include Clint Eastwood’s Sully and Money Monster, directed by Jodie Foster. Bauer is repped Peg Donegan and attorney Ira Schreck.

Allen Maldonado landed his first television role at the age of 21 in the daytime series “The Young & The Restless.” After recovering from a near-fatal car accident, he appeared in the Emmy(R)-nominated drama “Judging Amy” as well as “The Shield,” “Rizoli & Isles,” Straight Outta Compton, Cake, The Equalizer and the feature film remake of Superfly. Maldonado most recently appeared on “You’re the Worst,” “The Last O.G.” and “Black-ish.” In addition to acting, he also runs Get It Done Records record company, Only Son Productions and Vineyards Phinest t-shirt line where a portion of the proceeds go to his foundation, Demo Nerds which provides free acting classes and services for at-risk youth and foster children in the inner cities of Los Angeles. Maldonado is repped by Red Baron Management, CAA and attorneys Ira Schreck and Carolyn Conrad.

James Harrison was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted rookie free agent after going undrafted in the 2002 NFL Draft. After being cut several times, he signed with the Steelers in 2004 and played 15 seasons in the NFL (Steelers, Cincinnati Bengals, New England Patriots). The two-time Super Bowl Champion landed his first role on the big screen in the 2019 indie movie Remember Amnesia and had a guest-starring role in an episode of “S.W.A.T.” (“The B-Team”) that aired in 2019. Harrison is repped by UTA, attorney Jonathan Shikora and manager PR1 Communication.

“Heels” is a story about the men and women who chase their dreams in the world of small town pro wrestling. Set in a close-knit Georgia community, it follows a family-owned wrestling promotion as two brothers and rivals war over their late father’s legacy. In the ring, somebody must play the good guy and somebody must play their nemesis, the heel. But in the real world, those characters can be hard to live up to – or hard to leave behind.

The series is written by Michael Waldron (“Loki,” “Rick and Morty”) with Mike O’Malley (“Survivor’s Remorse,” “Shameless”) serving as showrunner. Along with Waldron and O’Malley, LBI Entertainment’s Julie Yorn (Hell or High Water, White Boy Rick, The Dirt), Peter Segal (Get Smart, 50 First Dates, Tommy Boy, “Shameless”), Chris Donnelly and Patrick Walmsley will also serve as Executive Producers. “Heels” is produced by Lionsgate TV for STARZ in association with Paramount Television Studios. Vice President of Original Programming, Samantha Offsay Nissen, is the executive overseeing “Heels” on behalf of Starz.

About Starz

Starz (www.starz.com), a Lionsgate company (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B), is a leading global media and entertainment company that produces and distributes premium streaming content to worldwide audiences across subscription television platforms. Starz is home to the flagship domestic STARZ(R) brand, STARZ ENCORE, 17 premium pay TV channels and the associated on-demand and online services, including the highly-rated STARZ app. With the launch of the STARZPLAY international premium streaming platform and STARZ PLAY Arabia, Starz is expanding its global footprint in a growing number of territories. Sold through multichannel video distributors, including cable operators, satellite television providers, telecommunications companies, and other online and digital platforms, Starz offers subscribers more than 7,500 distinct premium television episodes and feature films, including STARZ Original series, first-run movies and other popular programming.

About Lionsgate

The first major new studio in decades, Lionsgate is a global content platform whose films, television series, digital products and linear and over-the-top platforms reach next generation audiences around the world. In addition to its filmed entertainment leadership, Lionsgate content drives a growing presence in interactive and location-based entertainment, gaming, virtual reality and other new entertainment technologies. Lionsgate’s content initiatives are backed by a nearly 17,000-title film and television library and delivered through a global licensing infrastructure. The Lionsgate brand is synonymous with original, daring and ground-breaking content created with special emphasis on the evolving patterns and diverse composition of the Company’s worldwide consumer base.