or


[05/11/10 - 01:39 PM]
Production on Starz' 'Spartacus' Six-Part Prequel to Begin This Summer
Production on the show's second season was postponed this spring to allow Andy Whitfield to be treated for Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma.

[via press release from Starz]

Production on Starz' 'Spartacus' Six-Part Prequel to Begin This Summer

Andy Whitfield to Appear In Two Episodes Along With Lucy Lawless, John Hannah, Peter Mensah Plus Other Returning and New Characters

LOS ANGELES, May 11 -- NCTA Cable Show 2010 -- Pre-production is underway on a six-part prequel to Starz' hit original series "Spartacus: Blood and Sand."

Andy Whitfield, who played the title character in the series, will appear in the prequel briefly, but Lucy Lawless and John Hannah take center stage in this story of the rise of the House of Batiatus and its champions before Spartacus arrives as a captured Thracian slave. With the title still to be determined, the prequel will begin production this summer in New Zealand, and is slated to air on Starz in January 2011.

John Hannah returns as Batiatus, owner of the Ludus, along with his wife Lucretia, played by Lucy Lawless. Other returning actors include Peter Mensah (Doctore), Manu Bennett (Crixus), Antonio Te Maioha (Barca), Nick E. Tarabay (Ashur), Lesley-Ann Brandt (Naevia) - and others. New characters will also be added - most notably the gladiator who was champion of the House of Batiatus before Spartacus or even Crixus - who will help fill in the story about the people and politics in the House of Batiatus and ancient Capua as a whole.

Production on the second season of "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" was postponed this spring to allow Andy Whitfield to be treated for Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma in New Zealand. His doctors indicate that the actor is responding well.

"The prequel story maintains the excitement and entertainment value of the first season of 'Spartacus,' giving audiences the engaging experience they've come to expect," said Starz President and CEO Chris Albrecht. "We look forward to continuing the Spartacus story."

Produced by Rob Tapert, Sam Raimi, Joshua Donen and Steven S. DeKnight, "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" was the highest rated show for the 18-49 demographic among all cable networks for 12 of the 13 Fridays on which it aired based on coverage rating.* The production team remains intact for the six-part prequel.

Starz Entertainment, LLC, is a premium movie service provider operating in the United States. It offers 16 movie channels including the flagship Starz(R) and Encore(R) brands with approximately 17.1 million and 31.1 million subscribers respectively. Starz Entertainment airs more than 1,000 movies per month across its pay TV channels and offers advanced services including Starz HD, Encore HD, Starz On Demand, Encore On Demand, MoviePlex On Demand, Starz HD On Demand, Encore HD On Demand, MoviePlex HD On Demand, and Starz Play. Starz Entertainment (www.starz.com) is an operating unit of Starz, LLC, which is a controlled subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation, and is attributed to Liberty Starz(NASDAQ: LSTZA), a tracking stock group of Liberty Media Corporation.

*Source: Nielsen Live + SD Coverage Ratings for A18-49 each Friday between 1/29/10 - 4/16/10 among all basic and premium cable channels.





  [may 2010]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
      


· SPARTACUS (STARZ)





[02/23/18 - 11:14 PM]
Development Update: Friday, February 23
Updates include: Roselyn Sanchez checks into ABC's "Grand Hotel"; Sarah Jeffery latest cast in The CW's "Charmed" reboot; and John Larroquette signs onto ABC's "Three Rivers."

[02/23/18 - 04:40 PM]
Video: First-Look of John Legend Rehearsing from "Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert"
The production will air live Easter Sunday, April 1 at 8 pm ET/PT in front of a large audience at the Marcy Armory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York.

[02/23/18 - 02:01 PM]
NBC Tops Other Broadcast Networks Combined in Primetime for 32nd Consecutive Olympic Night
NBC further spins the numbers for Thursday, February 22.

[02/23/18 - 01:52 PM]
18.1 Million Viewers Watch Daytona 500 on FOX
FOX Sports further spins the numbers for Sunday, February 18.

[02/23/18 - 01:01 PM]
Video: Syfy's "The Expanse" Reveals Season 3 Premiere Date and Trailer
Picking up immediately following the emotional and suspenseful second season finale, the 13-episode third season finds Earth, Mars and The Belt at war, with each competing entity vying for control.

[02/23/18 - 11:08 AM]
"Paterno" Debuts Saturday, April 7 on HBO
Starring Al Pacino in the title role, the drama centers on Penn State's Joe Paterno in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal.

[02/23/18 - 10:18 AM]
Starz Original Series "Vida" Showrunner and Executive Producer Tanya Saracho Inks Exclusive Multi-Year Deal with Starz
Under the pact, Saracho will develop new projects for the network and continue as showrunner and executive producer on "Vida."

[02/23/18 - 10:05 AM]
Paramount Network's "Bar Rescue" Returns for Season Six on Sunday, March 11
"Bar Rescue" returns with all new episodes featuring bar owners across the US looking for one more chance at success.

[02/23/18 - 10:00 AM]
Netflix and Constantin Film Announce the Start of Production of "Polar"
Mads Mikkelsen, Vanessa Hudgens, Katheryn Winnick and Matt Lucas star in the film.

[02/23/18 - 09:31 AM]
Video: Take a Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Making of "Everything Sucks!"
The footage was shot entirely on handheld video cameras by the cast during production.

[02/23/18 - 08:31 AM]
Disney Channel Greenlights "Amphibia" and "The Owl House"
The network has also ordered a season four pickup for Disney TVA's Annie Award-nominated "Star vs. The Forces of Evil" from creator Daron Nefcy.

[02/23/18 - 08:30 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC Holds Onto Top Spot with Winter Olympics
The Peacock continues its streak among total viewers and adults 18-49.

[02/23/18 - 08:24 AM]
Maxine Peake & Brian Gleeson Join Desiree Akhavan in "The Bisexual"
The six-part series will be made available via Hulu in the United States.

[02/23/18 - 08:02 AM]
Video: Netflix Unleashes the "Queer Eye" Fab Five on One of Their Own!
The Fab 5 from "Queer Eye" took Netflix's Los Angeles headquarters by storm, making over their IT department known as the NERDS.

[02/23/18 - 05:01 AM]
90th Oscars(R) Performers Announced
Gael GarcĂ­a Bernal, Mary J. Blige, Andra Day, Natalia Lafourcade, Miguel, Keala Settle, Sufjan Stevens and Oscar winner Common will perform this year's nominated songs at the 90th Oscars ceremony.