Starz Renews Spartacus For a Third Season

by on November 7, 2011

in Entertainment

Spartacus Vengeance

Starz announced today that they have ordered a series renewal for the Spartacus franchise TV series for a third season.  This, before the 2nd season even gets under way!  Wow, that’s fast.

Spartacus: Vengeance is the second season of the series, whose season premiere is set to air come Friday, January 27, 2012 at 10 PM.

And though they don’t have a full working title for the third season yet, they expect production to kick into gear starting sometime in early 2012.

Spartacus Vengeance

Each season of Spartacus, despite the obvious sex and gore, is laced with incredible writing that pulls the viewer into the series and suddenly, you’re wanting to know just how that slave is going to pull ‘that’ off, or what will that owner do to get his gladiators into the arena.

It’s not just about the fighting, it’s about the political and social manipulations between  gladiator owners and even down, within the pits of the slave gladiators themselves.

In other words, I was totally surprised how riveting the show was.  True, I had to get past the over-the-top gore from the premiere episode, but once I did that, I was not disappointed.  (And yes, one does need a bit of tolerance for the gore and sex!)

Manu Bennet, Liam McIntyre from Spartacus: Vengeange and Bruce Simmons

On the renewal, Starz Media managing director Carmi Zlotnik had this to say:

“There is no denying the impact ‘Spartacus‘ has had in the marketplace with fans across the globe thirsting for the continuation of the epic tale. “Vengeance” brings unparalleled action and drama to STARZ viewers in January. We are thrilled to come to an early agreement that allows the writers and talent to get right back to work in preparing for season three.”

“Many surprises are in store for ‘Vengeance‘ viewers this year, but rest assured the multi-layered plot and richly developed characters will continue to be a trademark of this series,” said Rob Tapert, executive producer. “It’s incredibly gratifying to see how the story has resonated so well with viewers worldwide.”

Executive producer Steven S. DeKnight added to Zlotnik’s statement by saying

“The executives at Starz have been extremely supportive in giving us creative freedom and allowing us to tell the story in a rich, yet bold way that leaves an indelible mark on its fans.”

And though it seems daring, after the prequel Spartacus: Gods of the Arena averaged around 6 million total viewers per episode, well, you can see why they’re committing early!

Check out the Starz Press Release below that landed in my inbox this morning!:

Australian actor Liam McIntyre (Ektopos, Radev, “Neighbours,” “The Pacific”) assumes the title role of Spartacus in “Vengeance.”  McIntyre is joined by returning favorites: Lucy Lawless (“Xena: Warrior Princess,” “Battlestar Galactica”) as Lucretia; Peter Mensah (Avatar, 300, The Incredible Hulk) as Oenomaus – once known as Doctore; Manu Bennett (The Marine, 30 Days of Night), as Crixus; Dustin Clare (“Underbelly,” “Satisfaction”) as Gannicus; Nick E. Tarabay (“Crash,” “CSI: Miami”) as Ashur; and Katrina Law (“Third Watch”) as Mira.

Season two also brings the return of “Blood and Sand” cast members, Craig Parker (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy) as Gaius Claudius Glaber, the Roman commander who condemned Spartacus to slavery, and his alluring and cunning wife Ilithyia played by Viva Bianca (Accidents Happen) . Actress Cynthia Addai-Robinson (“Dirt”) joins the series as Naevia, the former body slave to Lucretia who was banished from the Ludus for engaging in a love affair with Crixus.

Premiering exclusively on STARZ, “Spartacus: Vengeance” is produced by executive producers Rob Tapert (The Grudge, “Xena: Warrior Princess” and “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys”), Steven S. DeKnight (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), Sam Raimi (Spider-Man and The Evil Dead), and Joshua Donen (The Quick and the Dead). “Spartacus” is distributed internationally by Starz Media Worldwide Distribution.

About Starz Media

Starz Media, LLC, is a programming production and distribution company operating worldwide. It includes the Anchor Bay Entertainment, Anchor Bay Films, Film Roman and Manga Entertainment brands. Its units create animated and live-action programming and programming created under contract for other media companies. It distributes that content, and programming acquired from outside producers, through home video retailers, broadcasters, ad-supported and premium television channels, and Internet and wireless video distributors in the US and internationally. Starz Media (www.starzmedia.com) is a controlled subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation attributed to the Liberty Starz tracking stock group (NASDAQ: LSTZA).

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 19 million and 32.9 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 the Liberty Starz tracking stock group (NASDAQ: LSTZA).

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