Spartacus: Blood & Sand

Spartacus actor leaves second season

Spartacus: Blood & Sand actor Andy Whitfield has announced his departure from the series’ second season after a recurrence of his cancer which delayed its initial filming. Whitfield, who plays Spartacus on the show, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in March this year.

Cuoco to miss more Big Bang

The Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco will miss the filming of several more episodes of the comedy series after sustaining a broken leg in an accident last week. The actress, who plays Penny, was only expected to be written out of one episode initially, but estimates are now at three or four.

Gervais and Merchant working on new series

Ricky Gervais and The Office co-creator Stephen Merchant are at work on a new series called Life’s Too Short for the BBC. The show will centre on the life of Britain’s premiere little-person actor Warwick Davis, who appeared on an episode of Extras as well as in the Harry Potter and Star Wars franchises. It will be Gervais and Merchant’s third TV series following The Office and Extras.

True Lies TV project to be developed

James Cameron’s TV adaptation of his hit 1994 movie True Lies, which starred Arnold Schwarzenegger, has been acquired by American network ABC. The network will develop the script for the show and should it go to air, it will be Cameron’s first TV project since 2000’s Dark Angel.

The BOX – Sunday 12 September, 9.30pm

Having performed shamefully in the arena against Crixus, Spartacus is forced to fight in the Pits. Batiatus, determined to profit from Spartacus, may be at risk if his debts aren’t repaid.

The BOX – Sunday 5 September, 9.30pm

Though Spartacus proved himself during training and now wears the attire of a gladiator, his coarse attitude and relentless quest to see his wife isolates him from his fellow gladiators and Doctore.

The BOX – Sunday 29 August, 9.30pm

Enslaved in gladiatorial school, the newly christened Spartacus must try to suppress his desire for vengeance when his new master promises to reunite him with this wife.

The BOX – Sundays from 22 August, 9.30pm (encores Fridays at 10.30pm)

Survival is the best revenge

When he’s separated from the love of his life, Spartacus is forced into the gruesome and bloodthirsty arena, where a grisly death is primetime entertainment. Spartacus must fight for survival, befriend his enemies and play politics in this new world of corruption, violence, sex and fame. He’ll be seduced by power and tormented by vengeance. But his passion will give him the strength to prevail over every obstacle, in this modern and uninhibited tale of death, honour and endurance.

Starring Australian actor, Andy Whitfield (McLeod’s Daughters) as Spartacus, Lucy Lawless (“Xena: Warrior Princess”) as Lucretia, John Hannah (The Mummy, Four Weddings and A Funeral) as Batiatus and Peter Mensah (300, The Incredible Hulk) as Doctore.

Temuera Morrison has dived into the sex and gore fest that is the new Spartacus series by signing on to the prequel, Spartacus: Gods of the Arena.

The Kiwi actor has joined the cast of the second series which will serve as a prequel to the events seen in Spartacus: Blood and Sand which is due to hit NZ screens on the Box this month.

Morrison will take on the role of Doctore, trainer of the gladiators and predecessor to Peter Mensah’s Oenomaus.

Fellow Kiwi Lucy Lawless plays the part of Lucretia in the first season, shot on location in NZ, which begins on the Box on August 22 at 9:30pm.

Source: Digital Spy

Terra Nova to shoot in Queensland

Queensland has won out as the location for Steven Spielberg to shoot his next big-budget TV series, the dinosaur drama Terra Nova. Australia’s tropical North-East will once again play host to Spielberg’s production team after the director successfully shot The Pacific in the same Australian state several years ago.

Jane Lynch to host SNL

Jane Lynch from Glee will take on the hosting role on an episode of Saturday Night Live this month. The comedian, who is no stranger to improv, will host one of the few episodes of the series’ 36th season.

Temuera Morrison joins Spartacus

Temuera Morrison has joined the cast of Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, the sequel series to the upcoming Spartacus: Blood on Sand which starts of the Box this month. Morrison will take on the role of Doctore, trainer of the gladiators.

MTV drops Teen Wolf details

The producers behind the new MTV remake of Teen Wolf have announce details of the new series, saying they are placing emphasis on the battle between hunters and werewolves. The remake will attempt to differentiate itself from the likes of Twilight and The Vampire Diaries and want its wolves to be “kissable”.

Sky has announced that rumours surrounding the release of a censored PG version of upcoming drama series Spartacus: Blood and Sand on The Box are untrue.

The network has confirmed The Box will definitely screen the uncensored R18 version of the series which was filmed in our fair land and which features kiwi actress Lucy Lawless.

Good news I guess for the fans hoping for a glance of the ex-Xena star in her birthday suit.

Spartacus: Blood and Sand premieres on 22 August at 9:30pm on The Box.

New Zealand fans need wait no longer to see the epic television event that is “Spartacus: Blood and Sand”. 

The thirteen part original drama series from the US-based Starz Network comprises a unique mix of live action, graphic novel effects and brutal battle sequences, and will premiere on the BOX, SKY Channel 005, this August.

The BOX channel manager Tom Fox said the addition of this much anticipated series complements the channel’s already popular status with its fans.

“Spartacus: Blood and Sand is pretty much the ultimate testosterone-fuelled series, and will find itself in good company in our schedule of top rating drama series, comedy and action-packed reality,”

“There has been much speculation about the series, so now Kiwis will be able to see first hand just what all the fuss is about.  And not only do we know it be an instant hit with our loyal male viewers, but with its mix of drama, outstanding special effects and a terrific cast – not to mention rippling abs as far as the eye can see – it will be enormously appealing to women,” he said.

Filmed in New Zealand, the much talked about series brings to life the classic tale of the Republic’s most infamous rebel. Torn from his homeland and the woman he loves, Spartacus is condemned to the brutal world of the arena where blood and death are primetime entertainment. 

Starring Australian actor, Andy Whitfield (McLeod’s Daughters) as Spartacus, Lucy Lawless (“Xena: Warrior Princess”) as Lucretia, John Hannah (The Mummy, Four Weddings and A Funeral) as Batiatus and Peter Mensah (300, The Incredible Hulk) as Doctore.

The production team includes Sam Raimi (Spider-Man, Legend of the Seeker), Rob Tapert (Xena: Warrior Princess, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Legend of the Seeker), Joshua Donen (Drag Me to Hell) and head writer and showrunner Steven S DeKnight (Smallville, Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer).

Spartacus: Blood and Sand screens Sundays, 9.30pm from 22 August on the BOX, SKY Channel 005.

So SPARTACUS is shooting out west from Auckland in the Waitakeries and when I first heard of it I was like, “Oh here we go again, jumping on the next generation of Hercules and Xena”….ummmmm not quite.

I’ve been talking to one of the cast of the new show, bound for the STARZ network in USA next January and they described the explicit nature of a graphic sex scene featuring Lucy Lawless and well…..yeah thats about it. I’ll leave your imagination to do the rest. “NO WAY”! I scream. Well it would seem yes way, so I checked out the trailer and what do ya know….its looks like “300” meets “Gladiator”, and I’m not arguing with that one bit.

have a look for yourself and be warned THERE WILL BE BLOOD

Click HERE if you cant see the clip above


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