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First Look at Spartacus: Gods of the Arena

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Action, Drama, Prime Time, Cable, Video,

Although Starz has not yet named the actor who will become their next Spartacus, the network is ready to unveil their newest gladiator series.

When lead Andy Whitfield first announced that he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Starz execs made the decision to develop a Spartacus: Blood and Sand prequel while the actor received treatment. (Whitfield -- who was expected to return for Season 2 -- has since dropped out of the program altogether due to a recurrence of his cancer.)

Although it is unclear when Blood and Sand will return for Season 2, it appears Spartacus: Gods of the Arena -- featuring John Hannah (Batiatus) and Lucy Lawless (Lucretia) -- will have enough stadium and bedroom action to keep you occupied until then.

Gods of the Arena debuts on January 21.

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TV on DVD: September 21, 2010

How I Met Your Mother Season 5 DVDHere are some of the options available this Tuesday:

  • 30 Rock (Season 4)
  • Being Human (Season 2)
  • Bored to Death (Season 1)
  • Castle (Season 2)
  • Community (Season 1)
  • Desperate Housewives (Season 6)
  • Dragon Ball GT (Complete Series)
  • The Hills (Season 6)
  • How I Met Your Mother (Season 5)
  • Human Target (Season 1)
  • Law & Order: SVU (Season 11)
  • The Mentalist (Season 2)
  • Modern Family (Season 1)
  • Mythbusters (Collection 6)
  • Spartacus: Blood and Sand (Season 1)
  • Two and a Half Men (Season 7)

Make sure to also check out the DVD and Blu-ray film options for this week.

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Andy Whitfield Leaves Spartacus After Cancer Return

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Action, Prime Time, Cable, News,

Andy Whitfield in Spartacus

UPDATE: Starz has decided to recast the lead role.

Andy Whitfield’s long-anticipated return to has been canceled altogether.

The actor, who was diagnosed back in March with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, had already been training for Season 2 of the Starz series. Although he was given a clean bill of health back in June, a recurrence of cancer will now require “aggressive treatment.”

“It’s with a deep sense of disappointment that I must step aside from such an exceptional project as Spartacus‚ and all the wonderful people involved,” Whitfield, who played the title character, said in a statement. “It seems that it is time for myself and my family to embark on another extraordinary journey. Thank you sincerely for the support so far.”

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TV on DVD: April 20, 2010

Falcon Crest Season 1 DVDHere are some of the options available today:

  • Crimes of Fashion (TV Movie)
  • The Drawn Together Movie: The Movie!
  • Falcon Crest (Season 1)
  • Frontier Circus (Complete Series)
  • Heartland (Season 1)
  • Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (Season 1)
  • Hi-5 (Season 4)
  • Merlin (Season 1)
  • My Fake Fiance (TV Movie)
  • Naruto Shippuden (Box Set 2)
  • Perry Mason (Season 5, Vol. 1)
  • Transformers (Seasons 3 & 4)
  • Whispering Smith (Complete Series)
  • Xena: Warrior Princess (Season 1)

Make sure to also check out the DVD and Blu-ray film options for this week.

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This Week on TV (3/2-3/8)

Breaking Bad

(You can view TV Envy’s Midseason Programming Schedule here.)


  • The Bachelor (ABC, 8pm):  “It’s down to Melissa and Molly as Jason bestows the final rose.” But first, two more quick trips to the hot tub.
  • Rules of Engagement (CBS, 9:30pm):  Season premiere. “Audrey learns Russell is a closet Broadway musical fan, and uses the knowledge to blackmail him for theater tickets.” Tip: Blackmail is best used when Broadway shows aren’t closing.
  • CSI: Miami (CBS, 10pm):  “A murder occurs onboard a yacht belonging to high-powered attorney Derek Powell (Sean Combs).” Blood at Diddy’s “White Party”? That’s gonna stain.
  • Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (NBC, 12:30am):  “Jimmy Fallon’s inaugural show features Robert De Niro and Justin Timberlake.” has been working for years to get both these guys.

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Casting News: James Van Der Beek, Scott Wolf

Posted by Wendy Michaels Categories: Comedy, Drama, Prime Time, ABC,

Scott WolfScott Wolf, right off the cancellation of The Nine has been cast as the lead in an ABC comedy. Yep, comedy. The Party of Five star has signed on to play a lawyer in an untitled series. He will be the leader of a litigation team. I look forward to seeing what his dimples bring to the show.

In other casting news, James Van Der Beek will be joining ABC’s Football Wives. It’s been awhile since we’ve seen Van Der Beek, and no doubt his experience in the film Varsity Blues will give him a leg up. The drama will take a look a the lives of women who marry NFL players. Van Der Beek will play a rookie. The wives will be played by Kiele Sanchez, Lucy Lawless and Gabrielle Union.

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Lucy Lawless Returns to Battlestar Galactica

Posted by Rhys Alexander Categories: Sci-Fi/Horror, Cable, Talent,

Battlestar GallacticaThe gorgeous Amazon is back: Xena’s Lucy Lawless returns to television in Battlestar Galactica, in a reprisal of the character D’Anna Briars. Fans can enjoy Lawless’s talents for ten episodes…and will no doubt keep their fingers crossed that she will become a permanent addition to the cast.

Fans of the critically hailed show won’t have to wait to see her again, though—she’s set to make another guest appearance in an episode scheduled for Friday, Feb. 24.

Lawless’ character, a journalist, arrived on Galactica to do an expose on supposed misconduct by crew members that resulted in the death of civilians. Her piece ended up having the opposite effect, however, bridging a gap between the military and civilian survivors of humanity.

Viewers also found out that D’Anna had an ulterior motive—she’s a human-looking Cylon sent to gather information on the humans.

Lawless, a native of New Zealand, shot stardom in this country during her time as “Xena: Warrior Princess,” which ran in syndication from 1995-2000. She’s also appeared on “The X-Files” and “Veronica Mars” and starred in the short-lived WB series “Tarzan” two seasons ago.


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