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First Real Look at Spartacus Without Spartacus

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While Starz begins to try to re-cast the role of Spartacus after star Andy Whitfield’s cancer returned, forcing him to drop out of the series entirely, the prequel series Gods of the Arena draws closer, and is set to premiere next January. Now, my sympathies for Whitfield are absolute, and I think he did a great job as Spartacus. However, I’m pretty sure what most people turned into Spartacus: Blood and Sand for was the copious amount of violence and sex, which seems to be in Gods of the Arena full-force — my point is that I believe this series will probably be all right. I mean, the show probably has the minimum audience it needs purely in terms of people who want to see Lucy Lawless naked and gyrating on some dude, and I am 100% confident Gods will be delivering at least as much of that as Blood and Sand did. (Via Geeks of Doom)

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