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SPARTACUS Season 3 a Go at Starz
In what has to be one of the strangest decisions this year, Starz has renewed Spartacus for a third season over two months before Season 2 is even scheduled to premiere. The higher ups must really love what they’ve seen to so hungrily ask for more before it even has a chance to prove it’s worth the risk. This will be first season of Spartacus with new leading man Liam McIntyre filling the shoes of the late Andy Whitefield. Season 2 (see the Vengeance teaser) begins airing January 27th, with Season 3 expected to begin production shortly afterward.
“There is no denying the impact Spartacus has had in the marketplace with fans across the globe thirsting for the continuation of the epic tale,” Starz’ managing director, Carmi Zlotnik, said. “Vengeance brings unparalleled action and drama to Starz viewers in January. We are thrilled to come to an early agreement that allows the writers and talent to get right back to work in preparing for season three.” It takes a great deal of faith to do business this way, It’s not uncommon for a series to be renewed after only a one or two episodes (Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead), but with this there’s much more potential for disaster.
Having to recast the title character is the biggest concern, although judging by the various promotional material put out McIntyre is for up to the challenge of playing Spartacus. Andy Whitefield would be proud of his successor I’m sure. The issues would likely have to be with the story. The worst-case scenario is Vengeance tells a bad story causing its audience to lose interest and then numbers plummet. If that were to happen, I’m sure people like Zlotnik would be kicking themselves. However, that’s a very unlikely scenario. The creative minds in charge would have do literally everything wrong in order to suffer a blow that large. I’m sure Spartacus will more than earn this early renewal.