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'Spartacus' Gets a Third Season (Before the Second Even Airs)

by Maureen Ryan, posted Nov 7th 2011 2:45PM
This is the kind of vote of confidence that warms the heart: Starz has given 'Spartacus' a third season before the second season of the show arrives on Jan. 27.

Executives at Starz apparently felt so positively about the second season, 'Spartacus: Vengeance,' and new star Liam McIntyre's performance in the title role that they've told executive producer/creator Steven DeKnight and his writers to get straight to work on Season 3.

"Many surprises are in store for 'Vengeance' viewers this year, but rest assured, the multi-layered plot and richly developed characters will continue to be a trademark of this series," executive producer Rob Tapert said in a statement from the network. "It's incredibly gratifying to see how the story has resonated so well with viewers worldwide."

"The executives at Starz have been extremely supportive in giving us creative freedom and allowing us to tell the story in a rich, yet bold way that leaves an indelible mark on its fans," DeKnight added.

In its relatively brief existence, 'Spartacus' has had to face an unusual and tragic set of circumstances. After winning a rabidly faithful audience with a surprisingly epic and entertaining first season in 2010, original star Andy Whitfield was diagnosed with cancer, and fans got the awful news that the disease had taken his life two months ago.

While Whitfield was battling the disease, the network and producers put a full second season on hold and instead offered fans the six-episode prequel, 'Spartacus: Gods of the Arena.'

The lead role was eventually recast with McIntyre, and the full, 10-episode second season will finally debut Jan. 27. Season 2, 'Spartacus: Vengeance,' will combine characters from the first season, 'Spartacus: Blood and Sand,' as well as some familiar faces from 'Spartacus: Gods of the Arena.'

For a roster of who's going to be in the new season, look here, and DeKnight and the cast talked about the upcoming season here and here. And we've got the promotional clip for the new season and the full-size 'Spartacus: Vengeance' poster here.

Generally speaking, it's a good day for brawling, brawny men: In case you hadn't heard, 'Sons of Anarchy' has had its fourth season extended to 14 episodes.

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I loved Spartacus. Andy was superb as the hero, and I hope the new guy is as good.

November 08 2011 at 12:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

If you have not seen in its entirety, the 1st season and/or the prequel. The two together are being offered by Wal Mart at a fantastic price! Both are great to watch over every now and then! Big shoes fro the new replacement actor to fill! I truly hope he does it justice!

November 07 2011 at 7:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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