'Spartacus: War of the Damned' Final Season To Premiere January 2013

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June 4th, 2012

via press release:

THE SAGA CONCLUDES -

STARZ ANNOUNCES THE FINAL SEASON OF “SPARTACUS”

SEASON THREE TITLE UNVEILED

“SPARTACUS: WAR OF THE DAMNED”

THE EPIC 10-EPISODE SEASON TO PREMIERE

JANUARY 2013

 

Beverly Hills, Calif. – Date June 4, 2012 – STARZ announced today the upcoming season of the international hit series “Spartacus” will be the conclusion of the saga.  With a visual style completely unique to television, the franchise has amassed both critical and popular acclaim to become the most successful on the network and one of the highest rated programs in all of cable television.  More than six million weekly viewers watched last season, “Spartacus: Vengeance,” which has amassed more than 2.5 million Facebook fans. Globally, the series airs in 150 countries in more than 15 languages.

“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."
"Steven DeKnight, Rob Tapert, Josh Donen and Sam Raimi have made one of the most groundbreaking shows we have ever seen," says Starz CEO Chris Albrecht. "’Spartacus’ is a landmark series for the network which has enthralled millions of viewers and fans around the world.  We are in agreement with our partners in the decision to conclude the story after ‘War of the Damned,’ as we believe it is the best way to maintain the integrity of the series and secure its legacy.  While everyone may know the fate of Spartacus, we believe this will be a spectacular season that will startle, amaze and honor the legions of fans.”

 

“Spartacus: War of the Damned,” currently in production in New Zealand, takes place following the defeat of Roman commander Gaius Claudius Glaber. Spartacus and his men have amassed major victories against the Romans after the Battle of Vesuvius.  These victories have not only forged the legend of Spartacus, but have greatly increased the ranks of the rebellion slaves to more than 30,000. Rome is indeed beginning to tremble at the threat Spartacus now represents.

 

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The Emmy® nominated series, already known for its groundbreaking production and visual style, has set the bar even higher to bring the story to its epic conclusion.  This year, new sets will include the construction of a full city, a Roman Villa, and the scene of the epic battle along the Appian Way.

Airing in 150 countries, the series is considered an unqualified smash around the world, including Brazil, England, France, Germany, Italy, Korea, Mexico, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Turkey, and more.  The enormous international success has led to global licensing for a variety of rights, including: authentic prop replicas, publishing, soundtracks, motion comic books, trading cards, and a few more major deals soon to be announced.

In the US and abroad, the DVDs continue to be one of the most popular titles sold at all major retailers, appearing in the Top 10 of all TV titles sold.
The “Spartacus” franchise began its run Friday, January 22, 2010 with “Blood and Sand.” It was followed a year later with the prequel, “Gods of the Arena” (January 21, 2011).  “Vengeance” hit the air on January 27, 2012 and “War of the Damned” is scheduled to air January 2013.

“Spartacus: War of the Damned” sees the return on Liam McIntyre (Spartacus), Manu Bennett (Crixus), Dustin Clare (Gannicus), Dan Feuerriegel (Agron), Cynthia Addai-Robinson (Naevia) and Ellen Hollman (Saxa). This year, Todd Lasance joins the cast as Gaius Julius Caesar, along with Simon Merrells, who will be playing Marcus Crassus and Anna Hutchison as Laeta.

 

 
  • Jon

    39 episodes is still good for a historical drama, The Tudors on Showtime ended with 38 episodes while Rome had 22 episodes. My guess it was a mixture of creative and financial reasons. I’m sure Starz will find something to replace it with, they’ve got a few shows in development like DaVinci’s Demons and also Noir which is by the same team as Spartacus.

  • MarcJames87

    Seriously confused UK fan WHY???

  • CCV

    This is out of left field. I don’t like the show, but it’s been a pretty big success for Starz–the cornerstone of their original programming, actually. I can’t imagine this was a Starz decision, considering how much they seemed to go out of their way to keep the show on the air. If it really was a creative decision, I’ll actually have a greater appreciation for it. It’s so rare, even in this golden age of cable, that a creator is willing to let his/her show go out on its own terms rather than milking it for all its worth just because they can.

  • Josh

    I subscribed to Starz for that show. I gave Magic City three episodes and I was completely bored with it. I cancelled Starz and will renew for the final Spartacus. There will no longer be a need to subscribe after that. Yes I have seen Boss, it is ok, but nothing to pay extra for on cable.

  • Jon

    Its definitely the best original show Stars has ever had, but it needs to end. The first season was/is the best. The prequel was solid, but not as good. Season 2 was rather weak over all, and aside from the poor writing, much of that has to with the poor ‘lighting’ choices. Far too many orange, candle lit scenes. Its gritty enough – no need to depress the ambiance as well!

    Everything else Stars as tried has just been a failure (looking at you torchwood/camelot)

  • Tessa

    I think it’s the right decision. The last season was a mess. It was one bloody battle after another with no story and no direction. The writers seemed more at home when Spartacus and his gladiators weren’t free roaming the country and the stories were about their lives in the luduses and arenas. Maybe that’s why they’re wrapping this up because there isn’t really much to tell about a bunch of rebels running from Roman soldiers.

  • Tessa

    @Jon

    Torchwood wasn’t Stars fault. RTD just lost it when he was given the option to make a show in the US (a dream he apparently had for a long time.) So he vomited all the ideas he ever had into it and created a stew.

  • Shawn

    Jupiter’s cock!

    Oh well, it wasn’t as good without Batiatus’ character anyway.

  • Brekkie

    Absolutely the right idea to end it next year. We all know how it ends and there is only so much more padding viewers can take until we get to that point. I did find the end of the second series a bit of a drag really as we all knew with another series on the cards there was no chance of Spartacus and co. being captured, so it was all a bit empty.

    I’m now far more interested in the new series now I know it’ll be the last and not just a filler series until we jump to the crux (no pun intended) of the story.

  • thesnowleopard

    I think it’s a good idea. Spartacus’ known career was brief (There are some stories that he escaped and quietly retired into safe and permanent security). The first season was about his gladiatorial career and first rebellion. The second season was about the initial period of the slaves roaming around the countryside, and took out all of Spartacus’ early Roman enemies from seasons one and two that really aren’t in the historical record. If they make the third the final season, they can keep the momentum of the brief period when he actually threatened Rome.

    At least it’s not rushed and truncated the way the second season of Rome was. Now there’s a series that needed at least one more season.

  • Joel 007

    Que mal que esta espectacular serie llegue a su final,esperaba que continuara por muchas temporadas mas :D

  • groove365

    I’ve enjoyed it and I respect their decision to stop while ahead.
    More shows should do this.

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