Category: Spartacus: Vengeance

'Spartacus' to end next season on Starz

Spartacus to end next season

The flesh to loincloth ratio (not to mention the sex to violence ratio) is about to diminish significantly on Starz: The historical period drama "Spartacus" will come to an end next season.

The series that helped put the premium cable channel on people's radar will see the last of its fictional battles unfold in its third season, “Spartacus: War of the Damned." 

“The fans have been tremendously supportive of our show,” says creator and executive producer Steven S. DeKnight.  “We did not come to this decision lightly.  It was an extremely difficult and emotional decision for my partners and I.  Yet, in the end, the story was best served by rolling all of the remaining action and drama of Spartacus' journey into one stunningly epic season that will be extremely satisfying for everyone who's been along for the ride."

Its most recent season, "Spartacus Vengeance," averaged more than 6 million viewers each week, according to the network. The series, which airs in 150 countries in more than 15 languages, has had to face its own set of battles since its debut two years ago. Its star Andy Whitfield was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma after the first season, putting a second season on pause. Instead, a prequel, "Spartacus: Gods of the Arena," aired sans Whitfield. The role of the Roman gladiator eventually was turned over to Liam McIntyre for the show's second season, following Whitfield's death last year.

“Spartacus: War of the Damned” is currently in production in New Zealand. The 10-episode season is scheduled to air in January.

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Photo: Liam McIntyre as Spartacus. Credit: Starz.

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Spartacus: Vengeance

SPARTACUS
(Liam McIntyre) leads the survivors through the woods in a new episode of “Spartacus: Vengeance” at 10 p.m. on Starz.

SERIES

Visiting…With Huell Howser: This episode takes a step back in time with a collection of favorite Videolog segments from the 1980s featuring a young-looking Howser (7:30 p.m. KCET).

Kitchen Nightmares: In this new episode, chef Gordon Ramsay works with the owners of an Italian bistro in La Verne, suffering from lackluster service, an uninspired menu and outdated decor (8 p.m. Fox).

20/20: This new episode of the news magazine series profiles Whitney Houston, provides new details about Whitney's final days and features an interview with Diane Sawyer conducted with the singer 10 years ago (9 p.m. ABC).

Michael Feinstein's American Songbook: The season finale of the musical history series looks at nightclub entertainment (9 p.m. KOCE).

The Life & Times of Tim: Omnicorp asks Tim to apologize for them publicly after they are responsible for an ecological disaster in the season finale (9 p.m. HBO).

Merlin: The treacherous Agravaine (Nathaniel Parker) tells Arthur (Bradley James) he believes court physician Gius (Richard Wilson) has fled Camelot under suspicion of dark sorcery in this new episode (10 p.m. Syfy).

100 Greatest Women in Music: The countdown concludes with the top 20 (10 p.m. VH1).

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