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Spartacus: Gods of the Arena

Spartacus: Gods of the Arena rewinds the clock, resurrects a couple of dead guys and introduces two new characters who share in the gladiator-era debauchery and bloodlust.

Set approximately five years before Spartacus: Blood and Sand, the six-part prequel (premiering Friday at 10/9c on Starz) features a more youthful but no less ambitious Lentulus Batiatus (John Hannah), and his randy wife Lucretia (Lucy Lawless) as well as Gladitor Crixus (Manu Bennett) and Oenomaus (Peter Mensah). New to the story are Gannicus (Dustin Clare), a gladiator, and the merry widow Gaia (Jaime Murray), both of whom provide much of the entertainment — and trouble — in Batiatus' world before the arrival of Spartacus.

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Hollywood Foreign Press Association Member Commits Suicide

HFPA

A longtime member of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has committed suicide, The Wrap reports.

Max B. Miller's body was found Monday night by his friend, Claire Brunel, a day after the organization's annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony. Brunel told a friend that she found Miller lying on his bed ...
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NBC Entertainment President Angela Bromstad to Exit

Angela Bromstad

Angela Bromstad, prime time entertainment president of NBC and Universal Media Studios, is leaving the network.

"Today I wanted to let you know that I'm leaving NBC Universal," Bromstad wrote in an e-mail to her staff Thursday, obtained by The Hollywood Reporter. "I cannot possibly sum up my thoughts and emotions in an e-mail but suffice it to say I have tremendous ...
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ABC Gives Jimmy Kimmel Midnight Slot, Trims Nightline

Jimmy Kimmel Live

Jimmy Kimmel Live will move up its start time by five minutes, ABC announced Thursday.

Beginning Feb. 4, the late-night talk show will begin at midnight instead of 12:05 a.m. ET. The move trims Nightline, which begins at 11:35 p.m. ET, to 25 minutes from 30 minutes.

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To compensate for the shortened time, the newsmagazine ...
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Ratings: American Idol Debut Is Down Again

American Idol

Did Simon get while the gettin' was good? Season 10 of American Idol debuted to 26.1 million people, down 13 percent from last year's 29.9 million.

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TLC Renews Cake Boss: Next Great Baker

Cake Boss: Next Great Baker

TLC has renewed Cake Boss: Next Great Baker for a second season, the network announced Thursday.

Hosted by Cake Boss' Buddy Valastro, the baking competition series has averaged 1.7 million viewers ...
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Rep: George Clooney "Completely Over" Bout with Malaria

George Clooney

George Clooney has recovered from a bout of malaria, his rep tells TVGuide.com.

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"George is completely over the malaria he ...
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Samantha Harris Welcomes Daughter No. 2

Samantha Harris

Samantha Harris and her husband Michael Hess have welcomed their second daughter, Entertainment Tonight reports.

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Hillary Madison Hess was born on Wednesday, and weighed ... read more

USA Orders Two New Series: A Legal Mind, Necessary Roughness

Gabriel Macht, Callie Thorne

USA has given series orders to A Legal Mind and Necessary Roughness, a network rep confirms to TVGuide.com.

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Jesse James and Kat Von D Are Engaged

Kat Von D and Jesse James

Jesse James and tattoo artist Kat Von D are engaged, People reports.

James, 41, has been dating the LA Ink star since last summer. James and Oscar-winner Sandra Bullock finalized their divorce in June after he admitted to cheating on her.

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"You know sometimes the public and press gets it wrong. This is one of those times. 2010 was actually the best year of my life because I fell in love with my best friend. An amazing woman who stood behind me when the world turned their backs," James told the magazine. "I have never met anyone so ... read more

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