Don't expect to see the short and severe Caesar haircut on Spartacus' version of Julius Caesar when you first meet him.
When the notorious Roman makes his debut on the Starz drama Friday at 9/8c, he appears much younger and shaggier than we've seen him depicted before. That's because producers decided to check in on him decades before he became the lover of Cleopatra and the elder statesman fated for assassination.
Pull on your waders because Spartacus and his hairy men are back, and they're waist-deep in blood and guts in their fight for freedom against Roman oppression.
On Friday's Spartacus: War of the Damned premiere, we meet up with the rebels many months after they defeated Glaber. Their ranks have swelled by the thousands, which is making the Roman Senate shake in their sandals. Enter Marcus Crassus (Simon Merrells), the wealthiest man in Rome, who will fund and lead an additional 10,000 soldiers to take down Spartacus (Liam McIntyre).
Spartacus: War of the Damned may be the series' swan song, but first the characters will have a chance to sing a different tune — literally.
At the red carpet premiere for Spartacus, which kicks off Friday at 9/8c on Starz, executive producer Steven S. DeKnight promised that "My C--- Rages On," the fictional bawdy song popularized on the series, will be heard again. "We could not have a season without 'My C--- Rages On,'" he told TVGuide.com. "So listen for it. It'll pop up somewhere."
Spartacus, prepare to meet your most dangerous foe to date.
On the upcoming final season of Spartacus, premiering Friday, Jan. 25 at 9/8c on Starz, the titular rebel leader (Liam McIntyre) may have amassed 30,000 bloodthirsty followers, but he'll be met by an equally merciless force, led by a new opponent, Marcus Crassus (Simon Merrells).
Spartacus: War of the Damned
You'd think it would be difficult — if not impossible — to keep fans happy when they know their hero is about to die. But the folks behind Spartacus: War of the Damned don't seem too worried. In fact, as the Starz series prepares to launch its final season on Jan. 25, creator Steven S. DeKnight reminds us that Spartacus' death at the hands of his Roman oppressors is "not unlike the story of the Titanic. It's no big secret the boat will sink. It's how you get there that keeps the audience invested."
It's "better to leave people wanting more than to risk repeating ourselves and diminish" the power of the Spartacus franchise, Starz president Chris Albrecht told the Television Critics Association at Thursday's fall previews.
In June, the cable network announced that the upcoming third season of Spartacus would be the series' last. Albrecht noted that going into Season 2, when "the rebels were in the hills and the Romans were in the towns" the show had to tell "two distinct stories, which is not the best." So instead of detailing another battle, another argument ad nauseum, it was decided the series would end in a big way with one more season: Spartacus: War of the Damned, which premieres in January 2013.
It's no secret that Boss, despite its famous leading man and Golden Globe win, has been struggling in the ratings.
"I am completely aware of what the numbers are and I'm heartbroken," creator and executive producer Farhad Safinia told reporters at the Television Critics Association's fall preview sessions Thursday. "There are so many great things about the show that I feel it deserves a...