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News Roundup: Cancer-Stricken 'Spartacus' Star Andy Whitfield May be Replaced, Weekend Ratings and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Sep 27th 2010 11:30AM
'Spartacus: Blood and Sand'With 'Spartacus: Blood and Sand' star Andy Whitfield undergoing treatment for a relapse of Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, producers are searching for ways to move forward with the show's second season. According to executive producer Steven S. DeKnight, there are currently two options for the series: recast Whitfield's role or end the series, EW reports.

"I want to talk to Andy and find out how he feels about the options," DeKnight said. "That's obviously very important to us."

The difficult decision to possibly recast was only made with Whitfield's approval -- he encouraged the producers to audition other actors for the role, according to The Hollywood Reporter. However, THR reports that producers, cast and crew are all devastated by Whitfield's illness and would like him to continue in the role. A decision will have to be made in the next eight weeks, when season 2 production is scheduled to begin.

In other TV news ...

DJ Pauly D might be the first 'Jersey Shore' cast member to get his own spinoff. According to a source, the new MTV reality show would be about the star's exploits DJing at nightclubs around the country. [Radar Online]

Steve Burke will replace Jeff Zucker as CEO of NBC Universal. Burke currently serves as COO. "Steve is one of the most well-respected executives in the industry," Comcast CEO Brian L. Roberts said in a statement, "and I am confident that he will lead NBCU forward to a new era of growth." [Hollywood Insider]

Jamie Lee Curtis said she would not appear on the in-the-works TV remake of her movie 'True Lies.' Why not? "Because I'm an old, old woman," she said. "Someone else will play Helen Tasker and do a great job." [E! Online]

Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Edwards, Jeff Daniels and Timothy Busfield are all working on projects for Showtime. The network is developing two projects, one that Ruffalo and Edwards will collaborate on and another for Daniels and Busfield. [Deadline]

House majority leader Steny Hoyer said Stephen Colbert embarrassed himself during his Congressional testimony on Friday. "I think that he mocked the hearing process," another representative commented. [The Hollywood Reporter]

The premiere of 'Saturday Night Live' performed well in the ratings. The guest star-studded opener, hosted by former cast member Amy Poehler, got a 5.6 rating/13 share in its time slot. Katy Perry was the musical guest. [Deadline]

'Blue Bloods' debuted to 12.8 million viewers and a ratings win on Friday night. The CW also performed well, with the premieres 'Supernatural' and 'Smallville' earning the network third place. [TV Guide]

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DEs

If Andy could not be in it , cancel it or move the story around another of the characters!

December 29 2010 at 7:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tiffany

If he can't fulfill the role right now either wait to see if after 6 months time he can or CANCEL the show!!!!! It's a great show but I hate when a key actor/actress is replaced! Like the movie "The Prince and Me", I didn't bother watching the next two movies because they changed key actors/actress'.

September 27 2010 at 2:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
S. Harris

Try shooting around him. What do you mean asking him whether they should replace him or cancel the series. What jerks, what a choice. My husband was let go by his company, we lost his pension, health insurance and life insurance, he was dying from pancreatic cancer. Give the guy a chance, he has enough to battle right now.

September 27 2010 at 2:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Dmollykins

pha, so sorry to hear about your loss, that's just wrong what your husband's employer did. I hope you were able to seek legal redress.

September 27 2010 at 2:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dickn2000b

And the beat goes on.

September 27 2010 at 2:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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