or


[07/19/10 - 08:01 AM]
Dustin Clare Cast in Key Role of Gannicus in Starz' Series 'Spartacus: Gods of the Arena'
Jaime Murray and Marisa Ramirez are also joining the prequel, which will air early next year.

[via press release from Starz]

DUSTIN CLARE CAST IN KEY ROLE OF GANNICUS IN STARZ' SERIES 'SPARTACUS: GODS OF THE ARENA'

Australian Actor to Play the Former Champion of Capua in Six-Part Prequel to 'Spartacus: Blood and Sand'; Premiering in January 2011

Jaime Murray, Marisa Ramirez Also Score Key Roles as Production Gets Set to Start

Beverly Hills, CA - July 19, 2010 - Spartacus wasn't the first champion of the arena. Many men lived and died on the sands before him. "Spartacus: Gods of the Arena," the highly anticipated prequel to Starz' hit series "Spartacus: Blood and Sand," brings to life the story of Gannicus, the first gladiator to become Champion of Capua. Australian actor Dustin Clare has been tapped for the role in the series which begins production this August and will air early next year on Starz.

Joining Clare in the series are Jaime Murray and Marisa Ramirez in two central roles. Also returning to reprise their roles in the series, which takes place before Spartacus joins the ludus (gladiator training school): Lucy Lawless (Lucretia), John Hannah (Batiatus), Peter Mensah (Oenomaus) and Manu Bennett (Crixus). Andy Whitfield (Spartacus), will appear briefly in the prequel, and rejoin the show in season two, which is set to begin production later this year.

Clare is best known to Australian audiences, where he had major roles on a number of long-running TV series, including "Satisfaction," "Underbelly" and "McLeod's Daughter." Murray plays Gaia, Lucretia's friend and a Capua social climber. She starred in the CW series "Valentine" and had an extended role on Showtime's "Dexter." Ramirez is best known for her long runs on "General Hospital" and "The Young and the Restless," and was recently seen on "Past Life" and "Miami Medical." Ramirez plays Melitta, a beautiful slave girl with complicated relationships.

"Spartacus: Gods of the Arena" focuses on the House of Batiatus, in the days before Spartacus arrived. Hannah's Batiatus is not yet the head of the family, or the ludus. Gannicus is the undisputed lead gladiator in the Ludus, but in the class-conscious world of ancient Capua, the House of Batiatus still hasn't earned the respect of local society, or the right for its gladiators to fight in the championship bouts. Gannicus must survive the arena to not only keep his place in the ludus but also rise to become the champion in all of Capua.

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.

Andy Whitfield, John Hannah, Lucy Lawless, Viva Bianca and Steven S. DeKnight will participate in a "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" panel at 3:15 on Friday, July 23 at the San Diego Comic-Con.

About Starz Entertainment

Starz Entertainment, LLC, is a premium movie and original programming entertainment service provider operating in the United States. The company offers 16 premium channels including the flagship Starz� and Encore� brands with approximately 17.1 million and 31.1 million subscribers respectively. Starz Entertainment airs in total more than 1,000 movies and original series every month across its pay TV channels. Starz Entertainment is recognized as a pay TV leader in providing HD, On Demand, HD On Demand and online advanced services for its Starz, Encore and MoviePlex brands. 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.





  [july 2010]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
    


· DEXTER (SHOWTIME)
· MIAMI MEDICAL (CBS)
· PAST LIFE (FOX)
· SPARTACUS (STARZ)
· UNDERBELLY (DIRECTV)
· VALENTINE (CW)









[05/28/15 - 10:19 AM]
The Return of WE tv's "Braxton Family Values" Delivers 1.8 Million Total Viewers and a Series High Among Adults and Women 25-54
WE tv further spins the numbers for Thursday, May 21.

[05/28/15 - 10:06 AM]
"The Big Bang Theory" Goes Stratospheric for STEM Scholars
In the first-ever university scholarship at UCLA created by and named for a television series, "The Big Bang Theory" and the Chuck Lorre Family Foundation have established The Big Bang Theory Scholarship Endowment.

[05/28/15 - 10:05 AM]
"Lauren Lake's Paternity Court" Begins Third Season of Production in Atlanta
"With the series receiving ratings highs this season, I'm ecstatic to be returning to Atlanta for our third season to help people resolve their legal paternity issues," said Lauren Lake.

[05/28/15 - 09:31 AM]
Spike TV's "Catch a Contractor" Returns for a Third Season of Exposing Crooked Contractors on Sunday, June 21 at 10PM ET/PT
This season not only sets out to aid 10 new families in grim living circumstances, but also gives viewers a never-before-seen glimpse behind the scenes of the tense sting operations and the meticulous coordination needed to nab these deceitful conmen.

[05/28/15 - 09:23 AM]
Oxygen Media Launches New Online Destination "Very Real" as a One-Stop Shop for Millennial Women
"Very Real" will be home to digital content including shareable videos, in-depth features, blogs, quizzes, listicles and more.

[05/28/15 - 09:22 AM]
Video: Comedy Central Sets Premiere Date for "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah"
Trevor Noah starts his new job on Monday, September 28.

[05/28/15 - 09:15 AM]
New Episodes of Favorite Disney Junior Series to Premiere Every Weekday for Seven-Consecutive Weeks During "Soaring Over Summer" Event
New episodes of alternating series "Sofia the First," "Doc McStuffins," "Miles from Tomorrowland," "Jake and the Never Land Pirates" and "Henry Hugglemonster" will premiere each weekday at 9:00 a.m. ET/PT on Disney Channel and 7:30 p.m. ET/PT on Disney Junior.

[05/28/15 - 08:34 AM]
"iHeartRadio Country Festival 2015" Is #1 Outright in Men 18-34 for Its Final Half-Hour
NBC spins the numbers for Wednesday, May 27.

[05/28/15 - 08:28 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: FOX, "MasterChef" Top Tight Demo Race
The network's summer mainstay is up 25% from last week among adults 18-49.

[05/28/15 - 08:12 AM]
Western Conference Finals Game 5 is Highest-Rated NBA Game on ESPN Since 2012
ESPN spins the numbers for Wednesday, May 27.

[05/28/15 - 07:00 AM]
Presenters Announced for "The 69th Annual Tony Awards(R)," Sunday, June 7 on CBS
As previously announced, Tony Award winners Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming will host the awards show, which honors theater professionals for distinguished achievement on Broadway.

[05/28/15 - 06:25 AM]
Destination America Launches New Daytime Programming Block: "No Life to Live"
"Destination America is already the home - or rather, haunted house - for American hauntings, ghost stories and campfire tales," said Marc Etkind.

[05/27/15 - 01:53 PM]
TV One's Returing Series Lexus "Verses and Flow" Announces Season 5 Performers
Filmed over four, star-studded nights in Los Angeles filled with performances by internationally renowned recording and leading spoken word artists.

[05/27/15 - 01:52 PM]
Turner Networks Sweep the Live + 7 Charts for the Week of May 4
Turner further spins the numbers for the week of May 4-10.

[05/27/15 - 01:00 PM]
Matt Millen Returns Home to FOX Sports
Millen returns to the FOX Sports family of networks as the lead game analyst for the Big Ten Network, working alongside play-by-play announcer Kevin Kugler.