spartacus god of the arena

Starz is showed it’s happiness with the success of the Spartacus franchise and ordered a third season before the second season of the series had even premiered. Spartacus: Vengeance premieres on January 27 and production on the yet to be named third season is set to begin in New Zealand in early 2012.

“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,” said exec producer Rob Tapert.

Vengeance marks the debut of Liam McIntyre in the title role of Spartacus, in which he succeeded the late Andy Whitfield.  McIntyre is joined by returning cast members Lucy Lawless, Peter Mensah, Manu Bennett, as Crixus, Dustin Clare, Nick E. Tarabay, and Katrina Law. The most recent chapter of Spartacus was the prequel, Gods Of The Arena which aired in January 2011 and averaged an estimated 6.2 million total viewers per episode across all linear channels and on-demand viewing. Those kind of numbers have made the series a Starz favorite.

Spartacus Star to Leave Show


Cancer is a Demon Bitch. Saw a lot of people die in the end..I never wanna walk that road again!! The Starz series Spartacus was an equal mix of Gladiator and 300. Every Friday night, I would get into my superman underoos and grab my sword replica and make my girlfriend walk around topless while I fought invisible foes. Needless to say, with a captivating storyline and a remarkable season finale, Spartacus; Blood and Sand had found its fanbase and popularity.

Unfortunately lead actor Andy Whitfield, of Spartacus fame was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and had treatment, which he beat in the Arena to submission. So  Starz went ahead with a Spartacus prequel series, Gods of the Arena, due in 2011.

Anyways, Whitfield’s cancer has returned which means he needs to start another round of treatments which has forced his to leave the series permanently. I don’t know if they’ll replace his character of Spartacus, or make this new season the last of it.  But when it comes down to it, we will miss Whitfield’s character, and hope that he beats this next bout, too young, too talented, too handsome-like Dexter, to be stricken with this illness at such a young virile age.

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Spartacus: Gods of the Arena Teaser Trailer

Andy Whitfield Comiccon

Spartacus: Gods of the Arena serves as a prequel to the hit epic and premieres January, 2011…”You have your orders chief now get crackin'” When our lead protagonist Andy Whitfield the “Disputed” champion of Capua was stricken with a treatable form of non-Hodgkin Lymphoma we First thought “DEAR GOD!!! Our hearts go out to the fans of that show who are broken up over this travesty!!” No, I’m kidding we first thought, “Great now the show is gonna be called “Crixus: Blood and Sand” OK, I’m kidding again, it was a shame that such a strapping young lad was struck with such a fucken terrible illness and it goes to show that regardless of physique cancer can touch anyone. (more…)