Spartacus: Gods of the Arena

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Spartacus' Manu Bennett Lands Major Arrow Role

Deathstroke, Manu Bennett

It's time to meet the man behind the mask!

Spartacus star Manu Bennett hand landed a multi-episode arc on Arrow, TVGuide.com has confirmed.

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Spartacus: War of the Damned Premiere Date Revealed

Liam McIntyre

Spartacus: War of the Damned will premiere... read more

Spartacus' Liam J. McIntyre: Andy Whitfield's Death Was the "Saddest" Day on Set

Liam McIntyre , Andy Whitfield

Liam McIntyre was working on the set of Spartacus the day that he learned that his predecessor Andy Whitfield had succumbed to non-Hodgkin's lymphoma last fall. Whitfield first filled the title role of Starz's bloody gladiator drama.

"It's probably the saddest thing I ever had to be part of," McIntyre told critics Friday at the network's winter previews... read more

Starz Orders Another Season of Spartacus

Liam McIntyre

Spartacus will be back for a third season, Starz announced Monday.

"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," said Carmi Zlotnick, an executive with the premium cable outlet.

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Starz to Pay Tribute to Spartacus's Andy Whitfield

Andy Whitfield

Starz plans to pay tribute to Andy Whitfield, the former star of Spartacus: Blood and Sand who died last week after a battle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Spartacus star Andy Whitfield dies of lymphoma at 39

Beginning Sunday, Oct. 2 at 9/8c, Starz will air... read more

Spartacus Star Andy Whitfield Dies of Lymphoma at 39

Andy Whitfield

Spartacus: Blood and Sand star Andy Whitfield has died. He was 39.

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Whitfield died of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in Sydney on Sunday, his manager, Sam Maydew, told The Associated Press. In a statement, Whitfield's wife, Vashti, called her husband a "beautiful young warrior" who died in the "arms of his loving wife," according to the AP.

Whitfield, a Welsh actor who lived in Australia, was virtually unknown to American audiences when he was cast in the lead of the graphically violent and sexual Starz series.... read more

Exclusive: Jaime Murray Returns to The CW in Ringer

Jaime Murray

Jaime Murray is heading back to The CW on its new drama series Ringer, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.

Murray, who once starred in the network's short-lived Valentine, joins the Sarah Michelle Gellar-starring series as... read more

Spartacus' Recasting Continues: Cynthia Addai-Robinson to Play Naevia

Cynthia Addai-Robinson

Cynthia Addai-Robinson will replace Lesley-Ann Brandt as Naevia in Spartacus: Blood and Sand, TVGuide.com has confirmed.

In the prequel Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, Brandt played body slave Naevia to Lucretia (Lucy Lawless) and then eventually became the lover of Crixus the gladiator in the original series' first season. Brandt decided not to... read more

Spartacus Finale: Things That Made Us Go "Ew!"

Spartacus: Gods of the Arena

Friday's Spartacus: Gods of the Arena finale left us feeling abused, amused and slightly bemused. Bloodshed we expected, even a few tears, but a happy ending? We didn't see that one coming from across the arena.

In the wake of Titus and Melitta's death, the House of Batiatus was out for blood. Believing Tullius was behind the tainted wine, Batiatus' crew ambushed Tullius and his minions in an alley, where his life was initially spared, but only so Batiatus could kill him later and then wall his body up in the new arena he had built. What is with these ancient Romans and extreme displays of disrespect? On the arena's opening day, Sextus decided to treat the crowds to public executions including one for escaped slave Diona. Also, Solonius proved himself to be a good student at backstabbing after taking all of Vettius' gladiators, shorting his conspirator Batiatus who expected half of the men. But that's okay because Gannicus was the ultimate victor of the bloody Primus, thus winning elevated status for the House of Batiatus. Miffed, Solonius maneuvered Batiatus into making the ultimate sacrifice and show of public generosity: granting Gannicus his freedom.

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Roush Review: Fringe, Supernatural, Spartacus: Friday Night Lights Up

Fringe

As someone who spends a healthy (if that's the word) chunk of most weekends catching up on Friday night TV, here are some very strong arguments for even the most cabin-feverish among us to stay in this Friday night. It's also a classic DVR dilemma. Which to watch live, which to record?

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My vote is on having a real-time Fringe experience — which in this case means flashing back in time to another pivotal moment in the worlds-collide mythology. This terrifically imaginative series, hitting its peak in its third season in every way but ratings, needs every fan's support. I do think Fox believes in the show and is rooting for it to succeed, but the move to Fridays is proving to be as challenging as trying to tell the two Walter Bishops apart back in 1985. (I had to play back one scene twice because I temporarily lost track of which world we were in.)

Fringe reminds me of Lost in the way that over time it has abandoned almost any pretext of reeling in the casual viewer. You're either into ...
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Premiered: January 21, 2011, on Starz
Rating: TV-MA
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Premise: Prequel to "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" details the story of Gannicus, the first gladiator champion of the House of Batiatus, in the years before the arrival of Spartacus.

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