The pirate saga “Black Sails” (Starz, 9 p.m.), one of the most popular shows on that network, returns for its second season tonight bigger than ever, adding additional ships to the fleet it’s assembled in Cape Town to replicate a former british colony of the New Providence Islands in the Bahamas in trying to recreate the “Treasure Island” prequel.
“The challenge for us for the second season was to make it bigger, louder, deeper, you know, to try to do things that we hadn’t done yet and to do them in a better way,” says executive producer and co-creator Jon Steinberg at this month’s TV Critics Association winter press tour. “We wanted to see more of the world. We wanted to see London, which brings a whole host of production challenges with it in terms of trying to not just create new sets, but create a new feeling of a new environment, a new world, a new canvas. And we wanted to make sure that we built to a great big finale that didn’t feel like the first one, that felt both bigger in scope, but also qualitatively differently. And that kind of entailed a whole other build of a whole other world.”
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Last year’s sequel “300: Rise of an Empire” (HBO, 8 p.m.) makes its premium cable debut. Also on is Steve Coogan and Judi Dench in “Philomena” (Showtime, 8 p.m.) and Mark Wahlberg’s 2013 Navy Seal movie, “Lone Survivor” (Cinemax, 10 p.m.).