Syfy Snags Starz’s ‘Spartacus’

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Syfy has picked up the basic-cable rights to all 39 episodes of Spartacus, Starz’s blood-soaked sword-and-sandals epic. It will make its Syfy debut June 26 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, following original series Defiance and Dominion.

Created by Steven S. DeKnight, Spartacus is inspired by the historical gladiator who from 73 to 71 BCE led a slave uprising against the Roman Republic. The first season, Spartacus: Blood and Sand, premiered in January 2010 but production was delayed on Season 2 because star Andy Whitfield was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, leading to the filming of the prequel miniseries Spartacus: Gods of the Arena. Whitfield later died, and Liam McIntyre was tapped for the lead role in the second season, Spartacus: Vengeance, and the third and final season, Spartacus: War of the Damned.

Throughout its run, Spartacus never shied away from nudity, harsh language or over-the-top blood and gore, so it should be interesting to see how Syfy will present the series among its otherwise PG and PG-13 programming.

“Our strategy of acquiring hit shows to complement our premium original scripted series has really resonated with our audience,” Syfy’s Chris Regina said in a statement. “With its action-soaked storylines and powerful characters, Spartacus will be a dynamic addition to our schedule.”

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  • Bass Guitar Hero

    “Throughout its run, Spartacus never shied away from nudity, harsh language or over-the-top blood and gore, so it should be interesting to see how Syfy will present the series among its otherwise PG and PG-13 programming.”

    Of course the show will be edited and it was probably done so as soon as the show started to be shopped around on basic cable (it’s to be expected when shows go from premium cable to basic or even broadcast syndication). SyFy probably won’t have to do a single thing as far as editing it, IMO…

  • CrimsonMistress

    What was scifi about Sparatcus??!?!?!