The hit Starz original show, Sparticus, has just been given the green light for another blood and sex filled season. This renewal is surprising because the second season, title Sparticus: Vengeance, has yet to premier. The debut of this new season will be on Friday, January 27, 2012 at 10PM ET/PT.
As fans know, due to his battle with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, main character Andy Whitfield (Spartacus), was unable to quickly return for this long-awaited season two, therefore in the mean time a 6-episode prequel was produced titled Spartacus: Gods of the Arena and followed Gannicus (played by Dustin Clare) who was the first gladiator to become the Champion of Capua. Quite sadly, Whitfield passed away just two months ago, but not before giving his consent for a new Spartacus actor to fill his shoes. Therefore season two will star Liam McIntyre in the title role.
Starz Media Managing Director Carmi Zlotnik commented:
“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.”
As Zlotnik said, this series has been getting amazing ratings and a now has a devoted fan base. The Blood and Sand Prequel, which debuted last January, averaged about 6.2 million total viewers per episode.
Executive producer Rob Taperd stated that there are many surprises in store for season two and that the “multi-layered plot and richly developed characters will continue to be a trademark of this series.”
Additional cast members include Lucy Lawless (“Xena: Warrior Princess,” “Battlestar Galactica”) as Lucretia; Peter Mensah(Avatar, 300, The Incredible Hulk) as Oenomaus ; 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, Craig Parker (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy) as Gaius Claudius Glaber, and Viva Bianca (Accidents Happen) as Ilithyia.