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Spartacus: TV Series Ending; No Season Four

final season of Spartacus on StarzDespite the fact that it’s one of the cable channel’s most popular shows, Starz has announced that season three of the Spartacus TV series will be the final one. The show was renewed for a third round of 10 episodes back in November 2011. They’ll start airing in January 2013.

In its first season (Blood and Sand), Spartacus was a big hit for the cable channel. The show’s star, Andy Whitfield, was diagnosed with cancer after the show was renewed for a second season and hope to return to the role. It didn’t happen and he passed away last year. A prequel series filled in between seasons.

Liam McIntyre took over the role of Spartacus starting in season two and the premiere doubled the numbers for the first season opener.

Here’s the press release from Starz with additional details about the final season:

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.

The Emmy(R) 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.

About Starz Entertainment

Starz Entertainment, LLC, is a premium movie and original programming entertainment service provider operating in the United States. The company offers 17 premium channels including the flagship STARZ(R) and ENCORE(R) brands with approximately 20.1 million and 33.6 million subscribers respectively. Starz Entertainment airs in total more than 1,000 movies and original series every month across its pay TV channels. Starz Entertainment is recognized as a pay TV leader in providing HD, On Demand, HD On Demand and online advanced services for its STARZ, ENCORE and MOVIEPLEX brands. Starz Entertainment (www.starz.com) is an operating unit of Starz, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation (NASDAQ: LMCA).

What do you think? Are you sorry to hear that Spartacus is ending? Do you think that it’s the right decision or should the series continue for a fourth season instead?

 

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allan April 22, 2013 at 9:38 pm

enjoyed the show greatly, very entertaining and well done, fight scenes were amazing, cant wait to have my big screen hooked up so i can watch on there instead of my laptop. great job.

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jeanluc resto April 22, 2013 at 7:55 pm

Damn!!!i loved spartacus and wish that you wouldnt end the show! pleaseeeeeee i dont want this show to end. i loved everything about it. more the fact that homosexuality was common. thank to the producers for not taking that out. besides that i was in love

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sharma April 15, 2013 at 3:11 pm

a wonderful series, so delightful to watch. Hope if only continued.

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shaun & jodi April 14, 2013 at 5:47 pm

It’s extreamly dissapionting the series came to an end! They’re are alot of us following Spartacus and feel even with Spartacus dead, the show must go on to the true story ending with the fall of Rome!

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natking April 13, 2013 at 5:53 pm

i am really sad that he die and it end. thanks for the ride Tv. is just full of it now.

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gloria April 13, 2013 at 1:16 pm

put it back, best show on tv.looked forwarded to it on friday.

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Frances April 13, 2013 at 12:28 pm

This is/was the best series I have watched on tv in a long time….now I will cancel my starz..have no need for it! I did not want to see this show end!! I don’t watch tv that much but this show had captured my husband an I both!!! :-(

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Rob April 10, 2013 at 7:17 pm

Now i have a reason to cancel starz.. plain and simple.

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Pat April 8, 2013 at 2:59 pm

Finally, something that isn’t Reality TV. Although I could have done without the computer generated graphics, this is by far one of the better series that has aired on TV. It is a shame that the “powers that be” don’t give people programming that has a tiny bit of historical value and entertainment value as this show represents. Ironically, I disconnect my cable/satellite every few years because the programming has gotten so bad. I will reconnect again after a few years, catch up on the programming that I enjoy. We are in the connected phase now and have already caught up on most of the programming we enjoy. Ironically, we don’t miss the repeats, junk, reality garbage and mindless programming during our disconnect times…Sadly, they could have us all the time but had rather put garbage on that doesn’t entertain. They only have to offer a few good shows to keep us but it doesn’t happen. Others may enjoy the programming and I wish them well but I refuse to pay for something I don’t enjoy. I would rather invest in a book than be subjected to or pay for most of what they offer.

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manny March 16, 2013 at 1:15 am

such a shame to see a great show come to an end, i rarely watch tv, but this show has captured my interest — i would like to see continuance of this show with season 4 , please reconsider

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cherie December 6, 2012 at 8:38 pm

its bull crap you have to take all the good shows away that sucks

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Bebe June 5, 2012 at 2:02 am

For me it could last forever, I also hate when my favorite series end. My heart is getting heavy reading this news, otherwise I cannot wait until January. When the end has come I know I’ll feel sad and sick for a while.

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Matthew June 4, 2012 at 7:42 pm

we will have a proper ending and that is all that matters for me but still sad it will be ending

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OleVizer June 4, 2012 at 2:20 pm

My sentiments exactly Kay! They didn’t just end it, they are giving the fans the finale it deserves. It makes me more inclined to buy the DVDs as well as stay along for the ride!!

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kay June 4, 2012 at 12:01 pm

It sucks but I am gratrful they gave us the courtesy of letting us know 1st rather then just take it off. Ahmazing series and It will be missed.

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