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Starz’s ‘Spartacus’ To End Its Run After Third Season

Monday, June 4, 2012

The upcoming third season of Starz’s flagship series Spartacus will be its last. The pay cable network also has set the title for the upcoming final season, Spartacus: War Of The Damned. It will premiere in January 2013. “It was an extremely difficult and emotional decision for my partners and I,” series creator/executive producer Steven S. DeKnight said.

“Yet, in the end, the story was best served by rolling all of the remaining action and drama of Spartacus’ journey into one stunningly epic season that will be extremely satisfying for everyone who’s been along for the ride.”

Spartacus was a breakout hit for Starz when its first cycle, Blood And Sand, premiered in January 2010. The series survived the tragic loss of its star, Andy Whitfield, who died of cancer last year. Its second season, Spartacus: Vengeance, featuring Liam McIntyre in the title role, averaged more than 6 million weekly viewers. The series introduced to TV a visually stylized violence previously only seen in movies like 300, spawned a successful prequel, Gods Of The Arena, and was sold in 150 countries.

It also has been a top-selling DVD title. “Spartacus is a landmark series for the network which has enthralled millions of viewers and fans around the world,” Starz CEO Chris Albrecht said. “We are in agreement with our partners in the decision to conclude the story after War Of The Damned, as we believe it is the best way to maintain the integrity of the series and secure its legacy.”

Making the decision that Season 3 will be last ahead of time is important as Spartacus is a historic figure and his life on the show has to follow a documented path to a pre-determined conclusion. War Of The Damned, now in production in New Zealand, takes place following the defeat of Roman commander Gaius Claudius Glaber. Spartacus and his men have amassed major victories against the Romans after the Battle of Vesuvius, increasing the ranks of the rebellion slaves to more than 30,000.

This year, new sets for the series will include the construction of a full city, a Roman Villa, and the scene of the epic battle along the Appian Way. War Of The Damned stars returning cast members McIntyre (Spartacus), Manu Bennett (Crixus), Dustin Clare (Gannicus), Dan Feuerriegel (Agron), Cynthia Addai-Robinson (Naevia) and Ellen Hollman (Saxa) as well as new additions Todd Lasance as Gaius Julius Caesar, Simon Merrells as Marcus Crassus and Anna Hutchison as Laeta.

by Anonymousreply 901/24/2013

But it's not it's third, it's its fourth, right?

One season with the original Spartacus, one season with Gannicus, and one with the replacement Spartacus have already been filmed. So the next one is season four.

Yes, I know, one was a "prequel", but still. It counts.

Spartacus: Blood And Sand

Spartacus: Gods of the Arena

Spartacus: Vengeance

That makes "Spartacus: War of the Damned" the fourth...

by Anonymousreply 106/05/2012

They did not count it as a season but as a 'short term replacement series'.

by Anonymousreply 206/05/2012

Well I'm not surprised.

******Season Finale SPOILER below*******

They killed off the best villains (Lucy Law, Viva Blanca, Craig Parker) in the final episode. I don't care abou those crazy dirty free slaves living in the forest eating mushrooms and praticing their combat skills... except for the gay couple. It's the Roman bitches that made that show.

by Anonymousreply 306/05/2012

That's OK there will be new Roman bitches to hate soon.

by Anonymousreply 406/06/2012

They need a new show to feature dangling dicks.

by Anonymousreply 506/06/2012

I agree. "Magic City," Starz's new sensation, hardly has any dicks worth showing (though it does have plenty of boobs).

by Anonymousreply 606/06/2012

Doesn't "Magic City" have Steven Strait?

by Anonymousreply 706/06/2012

This year both Spartacus and Game of Thrones had a Doris day type gay sex scene

by Anonymousreply 806/06/2012

Ready for the final season tomorrow night?

by Anonymousreply 901/24/2013
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