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No surprise there, you say. If a show is good (and sometimes even when it’s not, natch) it tends to get renewed for a second season. But, um, “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” hasn’t even aired yet, but that hasn’t stopped the cable network Starz from already granting the Sam Raimi-produced show a second season green light. Now that’s commitment! In case you’ve never seen footage from the show, scroll on down for the bloody, nudity-filled red band trailer for “Spartacus”. It’s like “300” on TV but, if you can believe it, with even more gratuitous violence and nudity.
Though the first season of “Spartacus” is subtitled “Blood and Sand”, the second season will be subtitled “Vengeance”, and land on the Starz pay network with a full 13-episode order. So even if the show doesn’t end up finding an audience, the producers and actors will be assured of, if nothing else, at least two full seasons worth of stories to tell.
“Spartacus: Blood and Sand” stars Australian newcomer Andy Whitfield as Spartacus, a Thracian turned gladiator fighting to return to his wife Sura (Erin Cummings) after being sold into slavery at a gladiatorial school. Co-starring Lucy Lawless (pictured, top left), returning somewhat to her swords and sandals roots as the seductive and manipulative Lucretia, with John Hannah of “The Mummy” fame playing her husband, who runs the school. Peter Mensah (“300″) plays Doctore, the head of the gladiatorial school.
Season one of “Spartacus” premieres on the Starz network January 22, 2010.