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'Spartacus' Creator Talks About the 'Epic' New Season and the Trailer for 'Vengeance'

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jul 30th 2011 6:00PM
Starz has finally released the 'Spartacus: Vengeance' trailer that the network showed at Comic-Con, and I've posted it below for your viewing pleasure.

I also interviewed 'Spartacus' executive producer and creator, Steven DeKnight, on Friday, and though I'll post the majority of the interview closer to the show's January premiere, but share some of his responses regarding the epic scope of the new season. First question: Did the show have the resources to properly depict Spartacus' post-ludus life on the run with his fellow escaped slaves?

"We definitely have quite a bit more money than we did in the past seasons and it shows," DeKnight said of the 10-episode season. "I mean, just look at the trailer. That one shot of a mine with a thousand people working in it gives you an idea the scope that we're going for."

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'Spartacus' Podcast Party: Creator Steven DeKnight Talks 'Gods of the Arena' and What's to Come

by Maureen Ryan, posted Feb 24th 2011 1:00PM
Here's a question I'm betting you never asked yourself: What's the connection between 'Viva Laughlin' and 'Spartacus'?

Don't laugh, there actually is one. Steven DeKnight, the executive producer and showrunner of Starz's 'Spartacus,' worked on CBS' ill-fated 'Laughlin' during its short-lived debut season, and in the 44-minute Talking TV podcast he recorded with Ryan McGee and myself on Wednesday, DeKnight talked about how he learned as much or more from that high-profile failure as he did from his stints on 'Angel,' 'Buffy' and 'Smallville.'

Of course, the drama we talked about most was 'Spartacus: Gods of the Arena,' a prequel series that has its season finale Friday and has proved itself a worthy addition to the 'Spartacus' roster of gladiator tales. In fact, as DeKnight noted, some fans were angry about 'Spartacus' making a prequel series at all, but now there are complaints about the fact that the season is ending after only six episodes.

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'Spartacus' Party: Peter Mensah on Doctore's Journey and the Show's Creator on Joss Whedon's Influence

by Maureen Ryan, posted Feb 18th 2011 1:15PM
When Peter Mensah runs into 'Spartacus' fans, they're enthusiastic, but they're also very polite.

Mensah plays Doctore, a fearsome warrior in charge of instructing the House of Batiatus's unruly tribe of gladiators. The actor's presence in the role is so commanding that, in a December encounter, two Canadian fans made sure to call him "Mr. Mensah."

"People are actually very respectful," Mensah said with a laugh in a recent interview in Los Angeles. "Somehow along the way, this disciplinarian character who is actually quite warm became popular."

Mensah said he was pleased his character had a chance to reveal a more tender side in the prequel season 'Spartacus: Gods of the Arena,' which shows Doctore as a married man five years before the events of 'Spartacus: Blood and Sand.'

"It was nice to be able to play a character who had some warmth, even under those circumstances," Mensah said. "It's something that tends to be rare on our show, so it was nice to have that -- a husband and wife."

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Spartacus gets fake dongs, but not Hung?

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 30th 2009 8:00PM
Thomas Jane in HungI love how blunt executive producer Steven DeKnight is about the usage of a male prosthetic on his new Starz series Spartacus: Blood and Sand, as Joel mentioned in his report last night . "Some guys aren't as well-endowed as other guys," he says. I wonder if they were inspired by Watchmen, or made to feel comparatively inadequate to Dr. Mammoth.

What's odd to me is that while Spartacus has put thought into the fact that male nudity is a part of their world and addressed it in this manner, no one has come up with a prosthetic for Thomas Jane in Hung over at HBO. Isn't his dong the centerpiece of the whole show? Or maybe he doesn't need one *nudge* *nudge* *wink* *wink*.

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