Despite a change in actors in the leading role, the Starz network doesn’t expect their original series “Spartacus” to slow down anytime soon. With the show’s Season 2 set to premiere next year on January 27th, 2012, the paid cable channel has already renewed the show for a third season, with production set to start around the same time as Season 2 premieres.
No doubt the network was buoyed by the ratings of its “Spartacus” mini-series prequel, “Gods of the Arena”, which delivered an average of 6.2 million total viewers per episode across all linear channels and on-demand viewing.
In “Spartacus” season 2, titled “Spartacus: Vengeance”, Australian actor Liam McIntyre (“Neighbours,” “The Pacific”) assumes the title role of Spartacus. McIntyre is joined by returning favorites Lucy Lawless as Lucretia; Peter Mensah as Oenomaus – once known as Doctore; Manu Bennett as Crixus; Dustin Clare as Gannicus; Nick E. Tarabay as Ashur; and Katrina Law as Mira. Also returning are Craig Parker as Gaius Claudius Glaber, the Roman commander who condemned Spartacus to slavery, and his alluring and cunning wife Ilithyia played by Viva Bianca.
Actress Cynthia Addai-Robinson (“Dirt”) joins the series as Naevia, the former body slave to Lucretia who was banished from the Ludus for engaging in a love affair with Crixus.