Spartacus: Vengeance

Spartacus exec developing new series

Spartacus exec Steven S DeKnight is developing a new series for the Starz network in the US. The network president said: “Steven DeKnight has an overall deal with Starz, and he just returned from Hawaii where he shot a proof of concept piece. It’s not a pilot. It’s just a scene or two for a show that he’s developed, that we are very high on.”

Posey to guest in New Girl

Actress Parker Posey will make a guest appearance in the second season of New Girl. Posey has recently appeared in the likes of The Good Wife and The Big C. Continue reading »

Whitfield documentary needs funds

The makers of a documentary focusing on the final days of former Spartacus actor Andy Whitfield have asked fans for donations as production has halted due to a lack of funds.

Homeland adds Cruz

True Blood actress Valerie Cruz has been added to the cast of Homeland’s second season. Cruz has also appeared in Dexter and Off The Map. Continue reading »

The New Zealand Actors Equity says the conclusion of the Spartacus series will be a “major blow” to kiwi actors.

It has been announced that the series will finish after its third season, which is currently in production in this country.

Anna Majavu from New Zealand Actors Equity says the show has been hugely beneficial for local actors.

“Screen acting work on major series is the only form of stable income for professional actors and the end of Spartacus will be a major blow to New Zealand’s professional actors who have been cast in increasing numbers in core-cast roles,” she said. Continue reading »

After it was rumoured last month, Anna Hutchison officially has been added to the cast of Spartacus for its third season.

The kiwi actress, known for her roles in Go Girls, Shortland Street and most recently Cabin in the Woods, is among three newcomers to the show.

Hutchison will play the role of Laeta, the privileged wife of a Roman dignitary.

Another NZ actress, Gwendoline Taylor, will also join the cast alongside Australian Jenna Lind. Continue reading »

Actress Lucy Lawless and six other Greenpeace activists have had her court date shifted again.

The group were arrested earlier this year for burglary after they protested aboard the Shell oil discovery vessel Noble Discoverer at Port Taranaki.

The Spartacus actress spent 77 hours up the 53-metre drilling tower on the vessel before she was was arrested by police. Continue reading »

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On the heels of the bloody escape from the House of Batiatus that concluded Spartacus: Blood and Sand, the gladiator rebellion continues and begins to strike fear into the heart of the Roman Republic. Gaius Claudius Glaber and his Roman troops are sent to Capua to crush the growing band of freed slaves that Spartacus leads before it can inflict further damage. Spartacus is presented the choice of satisfying his personal need for vengeance against the man that condemned his wife to slavery and eventual death, or making the larger sacrifices necessary to keep his budding army from breaking apart. Containing all of the blood-soaked action, exotic sexuality, and villainy and heroism that has come to distinguish the series, the tale of Spartacus resumes in epic fashion.

Stiller joins comedy pilot

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Assange to host series

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DH character to die midseason

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Spartacus influenced by Game of Thrones

Spartacus showrunner Steven S DeKnight says that the second season of the show was influenced by successful storylines on Game of Thrones. “All of us writers on Spartacus love Game of Thrones,” he said. “It’s just so well done.”

Michele to feature on Glee Project

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First Spartacus: Vengeance trailer released

The first trailer for the new season of Spartacus has been released. Spartacus: Vengeance marks the debut of new lead actor Liam McIntyre who replaced Andy Whitfield.

ABC orders more Pan Am, Happy Endings

American network ABC has ordered five more episodes of new series Pan Am as well as extending Happy Endings’ second season to a full 22 episodes.

Gary Busey to guest on Two and a Half Men

Gary Busey has landed a guest role as himself in the new season of Two and a Half Men. The actor will play himself as a patient at a mental facility in Malibu.

Borstein working on new series

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Downton Abbey given third season

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Alcatraz filming delayed

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Steenburgen joining 30 Rock

Actress Mary Steenburgen has signed on to feature in the new season of 30 Rock, playing the mother of Avery (Elizabeth Banks). The actress has previously featured in the likes of Curb Your Enthusiasm and Joan of Arcadia.

Spartacus returning in January

The Starz network has confirmed the return date of Spartacus: Vengeance as January 27 with new lead actor Liam McIntyre. The actor replaces Andy Whitfield in the role, with Whitfield having to leave due to his non-Hodgkin lymphoma diagnosis. He passed away in September.