January 26, 2012 |
When I first met Andy Whitfield in 2010, the "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" star joked about creator Steven S. DeKnight's penchant for killing off lead characters on what he would help make a hit series for Starz. "Who knows, maybe I won't survive this season," he said. "And that would be OK, because Spartacus isn't just one man; it's a movement, the rebellion he launched. If he died, any one of his followers could carry on and say, 'I am Spartacus.'" Liam McIntyre will do just that when "Spartacus: Vengeance," the long-awaited second season, begins at 9 p.m. Jan. 27. The Aussie...
May 2, 2012 |
With the bloodbath that ended "Spartacus: Vengeance" a few weeks back, it's no surprise that the production would announce new cast members for the third season currently filmind in New Zealand. Kiwi actresses Anna Hutchison and Gwendoline Taylor, along with Aussie Jenna Lind, join the cast for the hit series, which will return to Starz early in 2013. According to a network release: Hutchison will play Laeta, the privileged wife of a Roman dignitary who becomes entangled in the struggle against Spartacus.
June 4, 2012 |
The upcoming third season of Starz' “Spartacus,” now titled “Spartacus: War of the Damned,” will be its last, the network announced Monday. The decision is surprising given how important the “Spartacus” franchise has been for Starz. It's easily the network's biggest success story, putting Starz on the map as a destination for original cable series. “War of the Damned,” currently in production in New Zealand, will debut in January 2013. The show's creator and executive producer, Steven S. DeKnight, said the decision was not reached lightly.
February 8, 2013 |
When Cynthia Addai-Robinson took over the role of the slave Naevia in "Spartacus: Vengeance," she wasn't sure how viewers would respond to her. A year later, she's kicking some serious butt in "Spartacus: War of the Damned," and fans are loving her. "I remember [creator Steven S. DeKnight] giving me just a vague idea that I would be eventually fighting and kicking ass," the London-born actress said in a recent call with reporters. "But I don't think I could have really imagined what I ultimately ended up doing, which was some of the hardest work I've...
April 11, 2013 |
Like a gladiator fighting to the death, the series finale of "Spartacus: War of the Damned" will rip out your heart and stomp it into dust. That should not be a spoiler to anyone who knows the history of the rebel leader's war against Rome, which is what made writing the finale, titled "Victory" and airing at 8 p.m. Friday on Starz, such a difficult task for series creator Steven S. DeKnight. "Ending a series is always difficult. And I'm extremely proud of our series finale," DeKnight told me earlier this season.
February 22, 2012 |
Like his character Gannicus in "Spartacus: Vengeance," Dustin Clare is a man of few words, at least if you're trying to get him to reveal much about his return to the series. "No, you're going to have to tune in Friday," the star of last year's prequel,"Spartacus: Gods of the Arena," told me during a conference call with journalists last week. He also rebuffed me with: "I just don't think I can [say]. I'm sorry, that's what I can give you. " "Go fishing in another pond.