Months before "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" aired for the first time, Starz executives had enough faith in the series to preemptively order a second season. And over two months away from the second season premiere, history has repeated itself.
Starz has officially renewed "Spartacus" for a third season, presumably to debut in 2013. However, the number of new episodes ordered by the network was not disclosed.
Starz Media managing director Carmi Zlotnik released a statement that read "There is no denying the impact 'Spartacus' has had in the marketplace with fans across the globe thirsting for the continuation of the epic tale."
“The executives at Starz have been extremely supportive in giving us creative freedom and allowing us to tell the story in a rich, yet bold way that leaves an indelible mark on its fans,” added "Spartacus" showrunner and executive producer, Steven S. DeKnight.
Given the Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma diagnosis of star Andy Whitfield, there almost wasn't a second season of "Spartacus." However, Liam McIntyre stepped into the title role with Whitfield's blessing before his tragic demise earlier this year.
McIntyre will make his debut as the lead character in "Spartacus: Vengeance," the long awaited second season which will premiere on Friday January 27. Joining McIntyre are returning cast members Peter Mensah, Manu Bennett, Nick E. Tarabay, Katrina Law and Lucy Lawless, as well as Dustin Clare from prequel miniseries, "Gods of the Arena."
The third season of "Spartacus' is expected to begin production in early 2012.