Syfy's making a bit of room for swords, sandals and a lot of bloody action. The network announced today that they've acquired the basic cable rights to all 39 episodes of the Spartacus series, which originally aired on Starz.
2013 has been a great year for television, so narrowing down our list of favorites was no easy task. As TV Blend has numerous writers with varying tastes in TV shows, we decided to go solo this year in sharing our Top 5 lists of the best series of 2013. This is Kelly’s list, which begins with the long-awaited fourth season of Arrested Development at #5
Those who have been paying attention to the name-drops on Arrow know that it was only a matter of time before one or more of the al Ghuls, a family intimately and often involved in fellow DC superhero Bruce Wayne/Batman’s life, showed up in Starling City. Well, The CW’s superhero series has recently cast an al Ghul. Not Ra’s. Nope, not Talia either. Yes, there are more.
It’s hard to believe that Starz’s hit series Spartacus is officially over. For three seasons and a prequel, we got to know the violent life and innate drive of a former gladiator named Spartacus and his band of rebels. After an epic finale episode, the series may be over, but fans will be able to relive the drama for years to come on Blu-ray and DVD. With the help of Starz and Anchor Bay Home Entertainment, we’re giving away one Blu-ray copy of Spartacus: War of the Damned, as well as a Spartacus novel and a pretty sweet t-shirt.
Spartacus: War of the Damned ended back in April on Starz, rounding out the drama’s final installation. Fans of the series will be pleased to note that Starz and Anchor Bay Home Entertainment will be hitting Blu-ray and DVD on September 3 in a set that will be jam-packed with bonus features. One of those extras is a fitting homage to the series, which features the cast members talking about all of the things they have missed.
Spartacus: War of the Damned is hitting Blu-ray and DVD on September 3, in a set that promises to be as jam-packed with action as it is with nudity. War of the Damned is actually the final installment in the Spartacus series, and if you are familiar at all with the Roman tale, you already know that the rebellion has gone on a long and twisted journey and in Season 3, the group meets a formidable foe.
I doubt I'm alone in hoping for good news for Steven S. DeKnight's sci-fi project Incursion. With Spartacus: War of the Damned wrapped up, those of us who enjoyed DeKnight's creative and dramatic take on the gladiator's story are surely eager to see what the writer does next. We learned last year that Incursion was in the works, and the latest update is that the writers room is closing up shop on the project, but from the sound of it, that's not actually bad news.
Starz made the wise choice to debut their new series Da Vinci's Demons immediately following the series finale of their popular historical fantasy drama Spartacus: War of the Damned, and based on the numbers from this weekend, it paid off for the pay cable channel in the ratings.
MAJOR SPOILERS if you haven't watched the series finale of Spartacus: War of the Damned! We expected a giant battle, and by the gods, we got one. The episode didn't waste a whole lot of time with set-up, though there were a couple of things set in motion from the start. The episode began with a nod to Kubrick's film and the classic line, "I am Spartacus!" spoken by Spartacus' men, and the man himself, whose real name we'll never know.
Throughout its three-season (plus prequel) run, Spartacus has featured some amazing characters with amazing stories and some especially memorable death scenes. In a series as violent and dramatic as this one, death is a near certainty. It's just a matter of when and how. We might go as far as to say that Steven DeKnight's drama has redefined how to write off a character in spectacularly bloody fashion. No one was ever truly safe from carnage on this series.
Following up on a devastating episode (Separate Paths"), last Friday night left us with a catch-up night featuring encore airings of previous episodes. That may have broken some of the momentum from the major ending of "Separate Paths" to what's ahead in "The Dead and the Dying," but I doubt we'll feel much of that when things get going on Friday night.
Major spoilers if you haven't seen tonight's episode of Spartacus: War of the Damned ("Separate Paths"). Was the ending of "Separate Paths" especially surprising? No, not really. The installment being one of only three episodes left in the series and a bloody war growing ever bloodier, deaths were inevitable and it was only a matter of time before we lost someone major. But that didn't make tonight's final moments any less devastating. Given the events of the episode, I can't say I'll be disappointed to see Tiberius die bloody before all is said and done.
If you're a Comcast subscriber and you've been daydreaming of doing nothing by lounging around watching television for a full week straight, next week would be the week to do it. Comcast is offering Xfinity TV customers a virtual buffet of TV content with what they refer to as "the biggest-ever TV catch-up." This TV Watchathon will offer Comcast subscribers thousands of episodes of current TV shows, including premium cable series. Want to get caught up Game of Thrones before the fantasy-drama series returns for Season 3? This would be the week to do it.
At this point, it's more than safe to say that Arrow is one of this season's success stories. It didn't take long for the CW's most recent comic-book inspired show to find a full first year order with the Season 2 renewal not far behind. And that means the next step is locking down cast members for the extended run. First, Emily Bett Rickard was promoted to series regular followed by a similar deal for Colton Haynes and now Oliver Queen's island ally has also been upped to similar status for the next season.
The previews for the upcoming episode of Spartacus: War of the Damned, hinted at more violence ahead, but the latest clip from "Decimation" teases some intense conflict between two of the lead characters. It also follows up a little bit on another clip we shared with you this week. With that in mind, consider yourselves spoiler warned!