Starz’ Spartacus is adding a trio of attractive newcomers for season 3. READ FULL STORY »
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Spartacus second season finale “Wrath of the Gods” sent several popular characters to the afterlife in grand style, plus set the stage for Spartacus facing a Roman legend in season three. Below, writer-producer Steven S. DeKnight answers your burning questions: Who’s really dead, why they died and what to expect next season (time jump!).
EW: What were your goals with this finale?
DeKnight: I’m a strong believer in putting a punctuation mark on the end of a season. You get the sense there’s something more coming, but it’s also a complete experience; it’s not a big cliffhanger. I wanted to wrap up some story threads, especially looking toward the next season when we bring in Marcus Crassus and Julius Caesar going after Spartacus. There needed to be some housekeeping to make room for the next round of storytelling. More than anything, I want to go for an emotional tale that hopefully will have people leaping out of their seats and yelling at their television. I expect to get a few angry messages. READ FULL STORY »
InsideTV Podcast: Who is the true 'Game of Thrones' MVP? Plus: 'Spartacus' scoop & 'Dancing With the Stars' predictions
If you thought there were a lot of people vying for the crown in season 1 of Game of Thrones, just wait till you get a load of season 2 (which premieres Sunday night on HBO). With approximately 3,749 characters milling about in the epic tale of greed, lust, and power, how is it possible to keep everyone and everything straight? EWs own Game of Thrones expert James Hibberd — who was on location with the show in Croatia — calls in to break it all down on the latest edition of the InsideTV Podcast. What’s new in season 2? Will the show start to veer off from what happens in the books? And with all these different characters running around, who are the absolute best of the bunch? (Daenerys? Robb Stark? The Imp? King Joffrey?!?) Listen to our picks and then weigh in with your own! READ FULL STORY »
The cast and creator of Starz’ Spartacus: Vengeance took live questions from fans Thursday night and had some interesting answers on some playful topics. Among the revelations:
– The second season finale will somehow top the infamous “Kill Them All” finale from the show’s debut season. “We should have called it ‘Kill More of Them,’” said creator Steven S. DeKnight of the upcoming episode. “Because so many storylines come to a conclusion in a grand fashion. Episodes 9 and 10 are two of the biggest episodes we’ve ever done. We do things in there that when we came up with them in the writers room, we looked at each other and thought there’s no way we were ever going to be able to do this.” READ FULL STORY »
InsideTV Podcast: Who would win a Xena vs. Spartacus duel to the death? Lucy Lawless and Liam McIntyre argue it out
Spartacus kicks off again tonight with a new season, a new title (Spartacus: Vengeance) and a new leading man (Liam McIntyre, taking over for Andy Whitfield). But don’t worry, the show hasn’t changed too much. After all, there are still plenty of orgies, decapitations, and decapitations during orgies! In celebration of the Starz drama’s return this evening, McIntyre and costar Lucy Lawless stopped by the InsideTV Podcast, and wouldn’t you know it — all hell broke loose! In addition to discussing the ins and outs — no pun intended — of season 2 (which included McIntyre stabbing a man in the penis for his very first scene), the duo was grilled on a variety of topics. Such as: How does Lucy feel about losing the coveted Celebrity Duets title to Alfonso Ribeiro? And what kind of Super Bowl prediction is Patriots fan Liam ready to make while sitting here in the enemy territory of New York City? But we saved the best question for last: Who would win in a battle between Spartacus and Lucy’s iconic warrior princess, Xena? Not surprisingly, our two guests have very differing opinions on the matter. READ FULL STORY »
After watching this sweaty, sex- and fire-fueled trailer, it’s easy to see why Starz has already renewed its Spartacus franchise for a third season. The action picks up right where Blood and Sand left off, on the heels of the bloody escape from the House of Batiatus. New star Liam McIntyre shows promising heart, pecs, and facial scruff. Watch the trailer: READ FULL STORY »
Get your first sustained look at new Sparty star Liam McIntyre in action in this four-minute preview of Starz’ Spartacus: Vengeance. There’s an introduction by McIntyre and then the muscular opening scene of the new season, which gets underway Jan. 27. Check it out: READ FULL STORY »
Whoa — Starz just renewed Spartacus for a third season.
The timing is a surprise, even if the news is not: Two months before Sparty is set to return for a second season, Starz has decided to pick up the franchise for a third round (the season numbers don’t include the six-episode prequel, Gods of the Arena). The move shows confidence in both the strength of the series and in new star Liam McIntyre, who took on the lead role of Spartacus after star Andy Whitfield withdrew from the series to resume “aggressive treatment” for non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. Whitfield passed away from the disease in September.
The show premieres as Spartacus: Vengeance on Jan. 27. Here’s a look at the poster and some behind-the-scenes video.
‘Spartacus: Vengeance’ return date, poster, video revealed! — EXCLUSIVE
First full-length ‘Spartacus: Vengeance’ trailer is here
Starz, Lucy Lawless on Andy Whitfield’s death: He was ‘a champion’
Spartacusfans, EW.com has a triple exclusive treat for you. We have…
1. The premiere date of Spartacus: Vengeance.
2. The rather intimidating new poster for the show’s second season starring Aussie actor Liam McIntyre.
3. A video of fresh footage, a combo of behind-the-scenes interviews and action from the show’s upcoming episodes.
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In the days following the sad passing of Spartacus: Blood and Sand star Andy Whitfield — who died Sunday, Sept. 11 at the age of 39 from non-Hodgkin Lymphoma — tributes from colleagues and fans alike came pouring in for the late actor.
And the tributes continue: In honor of his memory, Starz announced that beginning at 9 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 2, it will run a Spartacus: Blood and Sand five-episode marathon. The marathon will include show’s premiere and finale, as well as fan-favorite episodes that highlight some of Whitfield’s most memorable moments on the show. In addition to next month’s tribute, the network also plans to re-air the entire first season of Spartacus: Blood and Sand beginning Dec. 16.
Starz released a statement Sunday reacting to the tragic news that former Spartacus star Andy Whitfield had succumbed to cancer.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of our dear friend and colleague, Andy Whitfield,” said Starz president and CEO Chris Albrecht. “We were fortunate to have worked with Andy in Spartacus and came to know that the man who played a champion on-screen was also a champion in his own life. Andy was an inspiration to all of us as he faced this very personal battle with courage, strength and grace. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time. He will live on in the hearts of his family, friends and fans.”
Whitfield’s Spartacus co-star Lucy Lawless also paid tribute to him in a statement to EW: “Obviously, Andy Whitfield left an indelible mark on all of us in the Spartacus family. He was a gentle man who never said a bad word about anyone, a gifted photographer, engineer (no really!) and a brilliant actor. Andy’s incandescent film presence made men want to be him and women want to marry him. Andy’s two babies will always know that their Daddy cherished them and their mother, Vashti, above all things. How lucky we were to have him grace all our lives. Godspeed, Andy!”
“No words to express the depth of such a loss. You will be deeply missed, my brother,” said Spartacus creator Steven DeKnight on Twitter. READ FULL STORY »
Remember during our Comic-Con coverage when I wrote the new Sparty trailer managed to even give the terrific The Walking Dead S2 trailer a run for its money? Then I posted a 30-second teaser that was, you know, just OK? Well, here’s the full version that screened in the room. See what you think. Is Spartacus: Vengeance potentially bigger and better than season one, or are you feeling Whitfield withdrawal? READ FULL STORY »
'The Vampire Diaries,' 'White Collar,' 'Supernatural,' 'Raising Hope': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room
Hey, Roomies. I missed you during my travels! But your letters and questions kept me warm last week in San Diego during Comic-Con. (No, seriously, they made me sleep outside and I used them as a blanket. I’m kidding… probably.)
So, here we are, on the doorstep of fall TV, and we’re knocking hard until we get all the info we crave. Let’s get to it.
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‘VAMPIRE DIARIES’: KLAUS AND ELENA DISH!
There’s so much to look forward to on this season of The Vampire Diaries. Elena’s 18th birthday, bad Stefan, and soapy Damon. But when prompted for his outlook for the season, Joseph Morgan says he’s most excited to meet Klaus’ family. “We get a chance to go back and see the point where they became vampires and where the curse was placed on Klaus to suppress his hybrid nature, his hybrid side,” he told a roundtable. “It’ll be interesting when we introduce other originals who are possibly equally as powerful or have some sort of emotional hold over Klaus … to see what that brings out of him.” READ FULL STORY »
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