I love Spartacus Blood and Sand.  I liked the fighting, I liked the outrageously huge blood splurts, I liked the full frontal nudity, I even liked hearing about Lucy Lawless‘s merkin.  What?  You don’t know what merkin is?  Google it!  Pretty sweet huh?

OK, back to Spartacus.  I was pretty bummed out for Andy Whitfield when his cancer returned and he had to put his career on hold.  (Nerdbastards thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Andy!)  Starz had no choice but to cancel the show or recast the role.  With the shows popularity it was pretty much a no brainer to move on and recast.  Now the question is how will this affect the show?  Will is be as obvious and unforgettable as the Darren switch in Bewitched, or forgettable like the Jimmy Olsen switch in Louis and Clark?  (Didn’t know about that one did ya?  One nerd point for me.?

From the Daily Blam:

Word from Starz president and CEO Chris Albrecht is that they will going through with the second season and are close to recasting the lead role of Spartacus. According to Michael Aussiello, Liam McIntyre may be cast in the starring role. At the Television Critics Association Albrecht said:

“This will be the official second season, which picks up where we last left Spartacus and his gang of escaped gladiators. We don’t have casting news for you today, but the reason that we are announcing the official moving ahead is because we’re very confident that where we are in the casting process will result in finding a lead actor who can ably step into Spartacus’ sandals, although we will never be able to truly replace Andy Whitfield.”

That one’s for you Nerdbastard ladies.  Well, Liam certainly has the physique for it.  Now we just have to wait and see if his acting is as well toned.

The second part of Starz announcement is that Lucretia played by Lucy Lawless, will be returning to the second season!  Executive producer and writer Steven S. DeKnight says, “What we have planned for Lucretia in season two makes season one and the prequel pale in comparison to what she’s up to in season two.” So Lucretia survives that vicious slicing she received from Crixus in the season finale.  Does she lose Crixus’s baby?  Oh, I can see some vengeance and blood in her future if that’s the case.  Or even better, what if she AND the baby survive?  We’ll just have to wait and see.  But fear not faithful Spartacus lovers.  In the meantime we have Spartacus: Gods of the Arena to tide us over!

Spartacus: Gods of the Arena premieres Jan. 21 on Starz.
From the Daily Blam:
The prequel series premiering this month, Gods of the Arena, will be set five years before the Blood and Sand series and will include all the characters except the main, Spartacus. The series will be six episodes in length, rather than the thirteen that Blood and Sand was. With shorter episodes, executive producer and writer Steven S. DeKnight promises to cut out boring stuff and go straight to the stuff fans love.

“We basically cut out all the boring parts, and we hit the ground running,” DeKnight said. “We learned a lot from season one about how we started and how it took the show a while to find its footing. When we hit the prequel we knew where our strengths were, and we know our footing. We start off right in the thick of it, the same way we plan on doing in season two.”

The series introduces a new character to the series named Gannicus, played by Dustin Clare. “My character fights with two swords so you’re also learning a left brain and right brain kind of action, which takes a little while to get down,” Clare said. “He’s always trying to escape his reality, and he does that through abusing things like alcohol in excess. He’s a very self-destructive character, and he’s also probably got suicidal tendencies.”

As stated above all the familiar faces will return to the series, except for Spartacus, but some will be presented in a different manner than that on Blood and Sand. Doctore, or as his real name will be revealed as Oenomaus will be seen as less stern. Actor Peter Mensah stated, “I got to smile. You do get to see how he became the severe man you meet in season one. It goes back a little ways into the relationship with the House of Batiatus.” Characters Lentulus Batiatus and his wife Lucretia, being reprised by John Hannah and Lucy Lawless, will once again play a factor in the events of Spartacus,

“You get to see our characters when they are in the honeymoon phase of their lives,” Lawless said. “My character certainly was a bit more sort of bright-eyed and bushy-tailed before her rotten college mate came back and taught her all these bad tricks, played by Jaime Murray, who plays Gaia. My character did not abuse the servants in the beginning, and she was devoted to her husband.”

Sounds good to me.  I already have the DVR set!

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