Starz renews 'Spartacus' for a third season
Gladiators sure have cast a spell on Starz: The network has renewed the period drama "Spartacus" for a third season.
The news comes weeks before the Jan. 27 premiere of the second season. But, then again, the network seems to have a lot of faith in their series -- it renewed the Kelsey Grammer drama "Boss" before its debut season launched.
"Spartacus" executive producer Steven S. DeKnight said in a statement: “The executives at Starz have been extremely supportive in giving us creative freedom and allowing us to tell the story in a rich, yet bold way that leaves an indelible mark on its fans.”
The most recent chapter of “Spartacus” was the prequel, “Gods of the Arena,” which ran in January 2011. The next installment "Spartacus: Vengeance" will begin in the coming year with Liam McIntyre assuming the title role of the gladiator warrior.
Production on the as-yet-untitled third season of "Spartacus" is expected to begin in New Zealand in early 2012.
-- Yvonne Villarreal
Photo: Liam McIntyre takes on the role of Spartacus. Credit: Starz