Starz Announces Cancellation of Hit Show Spartacus

In a surprise move this morning, Starz announced the cancellation of its hit show Spartacus.

The show’s next season, titled Spartacus: War of the Damned, will air on Starz starting in January. The 10-episode season will be the show’s last, and will wrap up the story of the gladiator rebellion against Rome.  Read more after the jump.

The numbers for Spartacus: Vengeance are pretty impressive: an average of six million weekly viewers, 2.5 million Facebook fans, airing in 150 countries and in more than 15 languages.  Judging by these stats, it’s not a huge leap to assume that there will be a lot of people disappointed by news of the cancellation (myself included). Steven DeKnight, Creator and Executive Producer, is well aware of this.

“The fans have been tremendously supportive of our show,” he says. “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.”

The reasoning behind cancelling a hugely successful show may be a mystery for viewers, but it sounds as though , despite the cancellation, the writers and the network are pulling no punches when it comes to War of the Damned.  “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 to 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.”

War of the Damned, currently filming in New Zealand, will pick up where Vengeance left off.  After the defeat of Gaius Cladius Glaber, the ranks of the rebellion slave army have swelled to more than 30,000. With epic battles upcoming, new sets this season include an entire city, a Roman villa, and a part of the Appian Way. It sounds like Rome is truly going to be quaking in its boots.

The new season also brings new villains in the forms of Julius Caesar and Marcus Crassus, played by  Todd Lasance and Simon Merrells respectively. After making it out of the bloody Vengeance finale, reprising their roles will be Liam McIntyre (Spartacus), Manu Bannett (Crixus), Dustin Clare (Gannicus), Dan Feuerriegel (Agron), Cynthia Addai-Robinson (Naevia) and Ellen Hollman (Saxa).

I am definitely sad to see it go, but I am glad it will be going out with a bang.


Source: Starz
GS Reporter: Mirjana

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