Flesh and Bone (miniseries)

Flesh and Bone is an American drama television miniseries created by Moira Walley-Beckett.[1] It premiered on November 8, 2015, on the American cable television network Starz.[2] Ethan Stiefel was a consultant and choreographer on the series.[3]

Flesh and Bone
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Created byMoira Walley-Beckett
Written by
  • Moira Walley-Beckett
  • Adam Rapp
  • David Wiener
  • Jami O'Brien
  • Bronwyn Garrity
Directed by
Opening theme"Obsession" performed by Karen O
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes8 (list of episodes)
Executive producers
ProducerDonna E. Bloom
Production locationNew York City
Running time60 minutes
Production companies
DistributorStarz Media
Original networkStarz
Original releaseNovember 8 (2015-11-08) –
December 27, 2015 (2015-12-27)


The founder and temperamental artistic director of the American Ballet Company, Paul Grayson (Ben Daniels), is determined to make it rank among the world's best artistic institutions. As the company's aging prima ballerina, Kiira (Irina Dvorovenko) struggles with an injury, Grayson believes that the company's saving grace is Claire Robbins (Sarah Hay), a beautiful and talented ballet dancer with a troubled past, whose inner torment drives her in compelling, unforeseeable ways. The series explores the dysfunction and glamour of the ballet world.



  • Sarah Hay as Claire Robbins, a beautiful and talented ballet dancer with a troubled past.[3]
  • Ben Daniels as Paul Grayson, an Artistic Director of the American Ballet Company.[4]
  • Emily Tyra as Mia Bialy, Claire's reluctant roommate who has an eating disorder.[3]
  • Irina Dvorovenko as Kiira, an aging prima ballerina struggling with an injury.[3]
  • Damon Herriman as Romeo, a homeless man who lives under Claire's building.[3]
  • Josh Helman as Bryan Robbins, Claire's brother and a former Marine.
  • Raychel Diane Weiner as Daphne Kensington, an ambitious New Yorker from a privileged background.[3]
  • Marina Benedict as Toni Cannava, The American Ballet Company's transcendent new choreographer.
  • Tina Benko as Jessica, the manager of the American Ballet Company.
  • Sascha Radetsky as Ross, a womanizing principal dancer.[3]
  • Karell Williams as Trey, a struggling ballet dancer.


  • Tovah Feldshuh as Ivana, a ballet instructor.
  • John Allee as Pasha, the ballet company's piano player.
  • Vanessa Aspillaga as Monica, the assistant company manager of the American Ballet Company.
  • Carling Talcott as Ashley.


Starz released the first episode online on November 2, 2015, and the remaining episodes were made available on November 8, 2015, through Starz's On Demand channel in addition to the channel's weekly sequential airing of episodes.

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUS viewers
1"Bulling Through"David MichôdMoira Walley-BeckettNovember 8, 2015 (2015-11-08)0.190[5]
2"Cannon Fodder"Joshua MarstonMoira Walley-BeckettNovember 15, 2015 (2015-11-15)0.147[6]
3"Reconnaissance"Stefan SchwartzAdam RappNovember 22, 2015 (2015-11-22)0.130[7]
4"Boogie Dark"Nelson McCormickDavid WienerNovember 29, 2015 (2015-11-29)0.124[8]
5"M.I.A."Adam DavidsonJami O'BrienDecember 6, 2015 (2015-12-06)0.122[9]
6"F.U.B.A.R."Sam MillerAdam RappDecember 13, 2015 (2015-12-13)0.073[10]
7"Full Dress"Alik SakharovBronwyn GarrityDecember 20, 2015 (2015-12-20)0.116[11]
8"Scorched Earth"Alik SakharovMoira Walley-BeckettDecember 27, 2015 (2015-12-27)0.093[12]


Flesh and Bone received mixed to positive reviews. Rotten Tomatoes gives a "Fresh" score of 60%, which is an average rating of 5.9 out of 10, sampled from 35 reviews. The consensus reads: "Its nuanced female relationships makes Flesh and Bone a realistic portrayal of a professional ballet company, though it suffers from a lack of levity."[13] On another review aggregator, Metacritic, the miniseries holds a score of 52 out of 100, calculated from 19 critics, signifying "mixed or average reviews".[14] For the 2016 Writers Guild of America Awards, the series was nominated for Long Form Original.[15] For the 73rd Golden Globe Awards, the series was nominated for Best Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television and Sarah Hay for Best Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.[16]


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  2. ^ Roots, Kimberly (April 9, 2015). "Flesh and Bone: Starz Ballet Drama Gets Premiere Date, On-Pointe Poster". TVLine. Retrieved April 10, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Andreeva, Nellie (January 26, 2014). "Ballet Drama 'Flesh And Bone' Gets Series Order At Starz, Casts Lead". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 28, 2014.
  4. ^ Nededog, Jethro (March 11, 2014). "'House of Cards' Ben Daniels Joins Starz Drama 'Flesh and Bone'". The Wrap. Retrieved June 2, 2014.
  5. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (November 10, 2015). "SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 100 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Update: 11.8.2015". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved November 13, 2015.
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  7. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (November 24, 2015). "EXPANDED SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Update: 11.22.2015". ShowBuzzDaily. Retrieved November 28, 2015.
  8. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (December 2, 2015). "UPDATED SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Update: 11.29.2015". Showbuzzdaily. Retrieved December 2, 2015.
  9. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (December 8, 2015). "SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Update: 12.6.2015". Showbuzzdaily. Retrieved December 8, 2015.
  10. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (December 15, 2015). "SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Update: 12.13.2015". Showbuzzdaily. Retrieved December 15, 2015.
  11. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (December 22, 2015). "SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Update: 12.20.2015". Showbuzzdaily. Retrieved December 22, 2015.
  12. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (December 30, 2015). "SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Update: 12.27.2015". Showbuzzdaily. Retrieved December 30, 2015.
  13. ^ "Flesh and Bone: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved November 12, 2015.
  14. ^ "Flesh and Bone - Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved November 12, 2015.
  15. ^ "Writers Guild Awards: 2016 TV Nominations Announced". Rotten Tomatoes. December 3, 2015. Retrieved December 3, 2015.
  16. ^ "Golden Globe 2016 Nominations - Full List". Rotten Tomatoes. December 10, 2015. Retrieved December 10, 2015.

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