Spartacus: Blood & Sand

New details on upcoming Spartacus season

Spartacus showrunner Steven S. DeKnight has released details on the upcoming second season of the drama. He says that the new run will portray Spartacus and his warriors as a “very dysfunctional family.” He said: “[In] most interpretations of Spartacus, they break out, and it’s like Robin Hood and his merry men. They’re all together and fighting the system. In our season two, they are not getting along. They all have different agendas [and] they all think [the uprising] should be done a different way, which is historically accurate.”

Hammond to host web series

Top Gear’s Richard Hammond will front a new web-only series called Richard Hammond’s Tech Head. The presenter will take an “irreverent look at everything from toasters to tanks” in the new series which will be available free on YouTube.

Prison Break actor offered pilot role

Prison Break’s Wentworth Miller, who played Michael Schofield, is said to have been offered a role in a new ABC pilot called Identity. The pilot will follow a specialist police unit which tackles modern crime such as identity theft.

Awards shows drawing huge audiences

Televised awards shows are proving as popular as ever with the two that took place yesterday drawing huge audiences in the US and UK. The BAFTA Film Awards drew its biggest audience since 2004 in the UK while the Grammys pulled its best audience since 2001 in the US.

HFPA president labels Gervais’ performance “unacceptable”

Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Philip Berk has labelled Ricky Gervais’ performance at the recent Golden Globe Awards as “unacceptable”. Berk, who was the butt of one of the comedian’s jokes, said that he believes Gervais crossed the line but that you expect the unexpected when you hire the likes of him.

Boardwalk Empire producer hints at second season 

Boardwalk Empire executive producer Terence Winter has hinted at the second season of the series, saying that the main story for the second run will continue to develop the stories from the first season. Winters confirmed that while there will be new characters, the same core cast will remain on the series.

New Spartacus lead announced

Australian actor Liam McIntyre has landed the lead role in the second season of Spartacus: Blood and Sand, replacing the departed Andy Whitfield. The former Neighbours actor, who also featured on The Pacific last year, will begin work on the series in a couple of months.

Morgan bans Mills from CNN show

Piers Morgan has banned several celebrities from ever appearing on his new CNN talkshow, with Heather Mills at the top of the list. Morgan claimed his reasoning was due to the fact that it was him who introduced her to Paul McCartney in the first place.

Former Neighbours actor Liam McIntyre has been officially named as the new lead for the second season of Spartacus: Blood and Sand.

The Australian was today confirmed as Andy Whitfield’s replacement after  a lengthy casting process.

“Since no one can really replace Andy, we realized that we should instead find an actor who can truly leadSpartacus forward,” said Starz president and CEO Chris Albrecht in a statement. “It was important to us to have Andy endorse the idea of recasting this part, which he did in the same heroic manner that he’s dealt with his whole ordeal. And that, coupled with our fortune in finding a young actor with the gladiator credentials and the acting ability of Liam, makes it easier for us to keep this hit franchise going.”

McIntyre played Bradley Hewson on Neighbours in 2010 as well as appearing in Steven Spielberg’s war epic The Pacific.

Source: EW

Gervais to guest on Family Guy

Ricky Gervais has confirmed that he will voice a character on an upcoming episode of Family Guy. He blogged: “I recently recorded a guest appearance in Family Guy. It was absolutely f**king brilliant working with Seth, and he let me go crazy with ad-libbing. A new highlight in my career.”

Prison Break actor in running for Spartacus

Prison Break’s Dominic Purcell is said to be in the running alongside The Pacific’s Liam McIntyre to land the lead role in the second season of Spartacus: Blood and Sand. Purcell, who played Linc in Prison Break, filmed a screen test for Spartacus producers last week.

Survivor announces returning contestants

Former Survivor contestants Rob “Boston Rob” Mariano and Russell Hantz will return to the series in the next season of the show entitled Survivor: Redemption Island. The infamous pair will join another 16 new contestants on the series which features an all-new island where eliminated contestants will be given a second chance.

Sutherland joins online hitman series

24 actor Kiefer Sutherland has joined an online series entitled The Confession where he will star as a hitman who speaks to a priest about why his victims deserved to die. British actor John Hurt has signed on to play the priest in the series which comprises of ten five- to seven-minute episodes.

Glee’s Harry Shum Jr. and So You Think You Can Dance’s Stephen “tWitch” Boss have paired up in a short film that hit the internet this week.

The talented pair are a part of ‘3 Minutes’, a short film by up-and-coming American director Ross Ching, which is described as an “exciting, non-stop action thriller”.

The film, not surprisingly, is just three minutes in length and also features a cameo from Spartacus: Blood and Sand actress Katrina Law.

Check out the official website here.

Fifth season of Mad Men planned

American network AMC has confirmed that a fifth season of Mad Men is in the early stages of planning. Although there is no deal yet between Lionsgate TV and the show’s creator Matthew Weiner, AMC executive Joel Stillerman announced that the celebrated drama is likely to return but no timeline has been set.

Spartacus close to signing new lead

The Pacific actor Liam McIntyre is believed to be close to sealing the lead role in the second season of Spartacus: Blood and Sand. McIntyre is the frontrunner to replace Andy Whitfield in the series who had to pull out to undergo treatment for Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The second season is expected to air later this year with a prequel series Gods of the Arena screening soon.

Survivor contestants to return

A pair of former Survivor contestants are set to return to the series for its next season which will also take place in Nicaragua. The upcoming season, entitled Survivor: Redemption Island, will feature the returning pair alongside a bunch of new hopefuls who will vie for the million dollar prize with a new twist in that eliminated contestants will be given a second chance on a “redemption island”.

Survivor winner heads back to court

The winner of the very first season of Survivor, Richard Hatch, is returning to court after allegations he has violated terms of his probation. Hatch was convicted in 2006 for failing to pay tax on the $1 million prize money he won on the reality show with a three year jail stint following. He could get more time behind bars should the judge determine that he failed to re-file his taxes from the early 2000s.

More gore for Spartacus prequel

The producer of Spartacus: Blood and Sand has confirmed that the upcoming prequel series, Gods of the Arena, will feature even more blood and gore. Steven DeKnight told The AP: “There are some deaths that are so incredible you just have to rewind and watch again because you can’t believe what you just saw.”

Another Kardashian series coming

Another Kardashian-based reality show is set to begin filming with Khloe Kardashian and her basketballer husband Lamar Odom launching their own show. The pair will be the centre of the new E! channel series which will follow them in their everyday lives as well as that of Kardashian’s brother Robert.

History Channel drops Kennedy series

The History Channel has dropped its new miniseries based on the Kennedy family, claiming that it is “not a fit for the History brand.” The series, which features Katie Holmes as Jackie Kennedy alongside Greg Kinnear as John F. Kennedy, has already been criticised for a number of historical inaccuracies but will still screen internationally on other networks.

Palin series axed

Sarah Palin’s reality show has been axed after just its first season in the US. The move is said to be an indicator that the former vice presidential candidate is to run for office in 2012 which would give the network which screened the show the difficult task of dedicating an equal amount of screentime to her fellow candidates.

Spartacus producer teases prequel series

 Spartacus producer Steven S. DeKnight has teased the new prequel series Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, saying it will act as a stand-alone series. “The great thing about the prequel is, it stands by itself as a story,” he said. “If you didn’t see season one, you can [still] completely enjoy and understand everything that’s going on. All the information is there, everything’s filled in [and] all the characters are introduced.”

Entourage movie in the works?

 Entourage executive producer Mark Wahlberg has said that he is still holding out for a movie based on the drama/comedy series. Wahlberg says that the cast and crew are all keen to get the ball rolling, saying: “We have one season left on TV and then it would probably take place after the finale.”

True Blood adds 3 more cast members

Three more actors have joined the cast of True Blood for the series’ upcoming fourth season. Christina Moore has landed a recurring role on the show along with former Lost actor Neil Hopkins and The Good Wife’s Chris Butler.

Idol winner praises Steven Tyler appointment

Last season’s American Idol winner Lee DeWyze has praised the show’s producers for landing Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler as a judge for next season but expressed his surprise about Jennifer Lopez’ inclusion. “I’m an Aerosmith fan, so I thought that was pretty awesome right out of the gate,” he said. “I support that decision 100%. J Lo – I mean, it’s gonna be weird. Just the combination of people, I think, is really different, and I think it’s cool, so it’ll be interesting.”

New Spartacus trailer

The trailer for Spartacus: Gods of the Arena has been released. The new season will act as a mini-series prequel to the popular Spartacus: Blood and Sand.

Hatcher to leave DH

Desperate Housewives actress Teri Hatcher has reportedly told colleagues that she is planning on ending her stint on the show following its next season. The news comes in the wake of creator Mark Cherry’s comments that beyond its ninth season, he has no further plans for the show.

Former Batman signs on for Cartoon Network series

Former TV Batman actor Adam West has joined the voice cast of Cartoon Network series The Super Hero Squad. West will portray the character Nighthawk alongside former Seinfeld actor John O’Hurley who voices The Grandmaster.

Glee reach number two on singles list

The cast of Glee have reached second on the all-time Billboard Hot Digital Songs chart with the number of singles charted. Glee is second to only Elvis Presley in the number of singles to hit the chart following the show’s cover of Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream on the recent episode in the US.

Grammer pilot picked up

A new Kelsey Grammer pilot has been picked up by American network Starz which will focus on the life of the Mayor of Chicago. Grammer is believed to have landed the lead role in the pilot which will be directed by Gus Van Sant.

Three actors in line for Spartacus role

Three actors have been shortlisted to take over the role of Spartacus in the series Spartacus: Blood and Sand following Andy Whitfield’s exit. Britain’s Aiden Turner, Canada’s Stephen Amell and Australia’s Liam McIntyre are the three who have a shot at landing the role in the series which shoots in New Zealand.

Bruckheimer project picked up

A new project from producer Jerry Bruckheimer has been picked up by Fox in the US. The network has committed to a script for the show, entitled Full Nelson, which centres on a woman as she works her way up in the music industry in the 1980s.

Glee cast to release Xmas album

The cast of musical series Glee are set to release a Christmas album at the end of this month which will feature covers of well-known festive songs. Glee: The Christmas Album will have 12 songs ranging from the likes of O Holy Night to Last Christmas and will follow previous cast albums that have totalled 15 million downloads online.

McCarthy to reprise role on Two and a Half Men

Jenny McCarthy has signed on to reprise her role in comedy series Two and a Half Men for several more episodes. The actress, who first appeared on the show in 2007, will return to play her con-artist character Courtney.