TV Review: SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE – “A Place in this World”

Craig Parker, Viva Bianca, and Hanna Mangan Lawrence in SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE - "A Place In This World" | ©2012 Starz

Stars: Lucy Lawless, Liam McIntyre, Manu Bennett, Peter Mensah, Viva Bianca, Craig Parker Writer: Brent Fletcher, Created by Steven S. DeKnight Director: Jesse Warn  Network: STARZ, airs Friday nights Original Telecast: February 3, 2012 SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE continues to cut a swath of destruction and add to the body count with the latest episode “A Place in this World”.  Spartacus (Liam McIntyre) post his market showdown gone awry with Claudius Glaber (Craig Parker) has decided to follow the advice and wishes of Crixus (Manu Bennett) and head in search of Crixus’ lost love who has been sold from villa to villa […]Read On »

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TV Review: SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE – “Fugitivus” – Season Premiere

Liam McIntyre in SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE | ©2012 Starz

Stars: Lucy Lawless, Liam McIntyre, Manu Bennett, Peter Mensah, Viva Bianca, Craig Parker Writer: Steven S. DeKnight, Created by Steven S. DeKnight Director: Michael Hurst Network: STARZ, airs Friday nights Original Telecast: January 27, 2012 SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE first episode “Fugitivus” picks up pretty much just after we left off in the first series BLOOD AND SAND. Spartacus (Liam McIntyre) having escaped the House of Batiatus with his fellow gladiators and slave in tow, has fled beneath the streets of Capua plotting their next moves against the Roman Empire. Gaius Claudius Glaber (Craig Parker) is dispatched from Rome to take the […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE talk with Lucy Lawless and creator Steven S. DeKnight

Lucy Lawless in SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE | ©2012 Starz

SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE, which premieres tonight on Starz at 10 PM, is actually the second season of the SPARTACUS series, even though it’s the third year of the show. Series creator and executive producer Steven S. DeKnight understands how this might cause some head-scratching. In 2010’s SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND, Andy Whitfield starred as the famous historical figure. The season followed him through his early days of being enslaved, being trained as a gladiator and finally leading a revolt at the Ludus (gladiator training camp) that left its owner Batiatus (John Hannah) definitively dead and Batiatus’ pregnant wife Lucretia, played by […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from the SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE Premiere

Lucy Lawless at the SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE Premiere | ©2012 Sue Schneider

STARZ presented the premiere of SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE on January 18th at the ArcLight Cinerama Dome in Hollywood. The story: on the heels of the bloody escape from the House of Batiatus that concluded SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND, the gladiator rebellion continues and begins to strike fear into the heart of the Roman Republic. SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE will premiere on STARZ, January 27th at 10 pm ET. Walking the carpet were the stars of the series: Liam McIntyre, Lucy Lawless, Manu Bennett, Katrina Law Peter Mensah, Dan Feuerriegel, Nick Tarabay, Craig Parker, Viva Bianca, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Hanna Mangan Lawrence, Ellen Hollman, Bonnie […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Julie Gardner and the Future of TORCHWOOD – Part 2

BBC Worldwide's Julie Gardner | ©2011 BBC

Julie Gardner one of the executive producers on TORCHWOOD, has always been a fan of its parent series DOCTOR WHO. So when she and Russell T Davies brought WHO back in 2005, it was a dream come true. The pair then went on to create the successful spins of THE SARAH JANE ADVENTURES and TORCHWOOD. TORCHWOOD MIRACLE DAY has finished airing now, but our exclusive interview with Gardner continues as she tells ASSIGNMENT X a bit about the future of the series, and responds to criticism the series has gotten for portraying homosexual relationships. ASSIGNMENT X: So at San Diego […]Read On »

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TV Review: TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY – “The Blood Line” – Review #2 – Season Finale

Lauren Ambrose in TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY | ©2011 BBC Worldwide Limited

Stars: John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Mekhi Phifer, Alexa Havins, Kai Owen, Bill Pullman, Lauren Ambrose, Candace Brown, Sharon Morgan, William Thomas, Marina Benedict, Paul James, John De Lancie, Tom Price, Teddy Sears, Frances Fisher Writer: Jane Espenson and Russell T. Davies Director:  Billy Gierhart Network: Starz, airs Friday nights Original Telecast: September 9, 2011 The latest TORCHWOOD series MIRACLE DAY has drawn to a close at last with “The Blood Line”. I’m not sure how I feel about it. I have very mixed emotions involving not only the wrap-up of the series, but also about various character’s fates and plotlines […]Read On »

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In Memoriam: SPARTACUS star Andy Whitfield passes away at 39 – plus an excerpt from one of his final press interviews

Andy Whitfield in SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND - Season 1 | ©2010 Starz

It’s always tough to hear about the passing of an actor from a beloved TV series or movie, but when that person is as young as Andy Whitfield, it makes things all the more tragic. The 39-year old actor best known for playing Spartacus in the hit Starz series SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma cancer 18 months ago which delayed the start of Season 2 of the series. He went through treatment, but it went into remission and returned. Ultimately, he lost this battle and passed away on Sunday in his home of Sydney, Australia leaving […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Julie Gardner on the Evolution of TORCHWOOD – Part 1

John Barrowman in TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY - "The New World" | ©2011 BBC Worldwide Limited

Julie Gardner is a name that most DOCTOR WHO and TORCHWOOD fans are familiar with. She is one of the people directly responsible for the resurrection of the WHO franchise in 2005, and the subsequent spin-offs TORCHWOOD and THE SARAH JANE ADVENTURES. Gardner’s list of series she has been involved with is as extensive as the awards she has won for her work in television. In 2009 Gardner relocated to Los Angeles to become the Senior Vice President of Scripted television for BBC Worldwide Productions. She and WHO producing partner Russell T Davies have continued to create new television, and […]Read On »

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TV Review: TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY – “The Blood Line” – Review #1 – Season Finale

Eve Myles and John Barrowman in TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY | ©2011 BBC Worldwide Limited

Stars: John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Mekhi Phifer, Alexa Havins, Kai Owen, Bill Pullman, Lauren Ambrose, Candace Brown, Sharon Morgan, William Thomas, Marina Benedict, Paul James, John De Lancie, Tom Price, Teddy Sears, Frances Fisher Writer: Jane Espenson and Russell T. Davies Director:  Billy Gierhart Network: Starz, airs Friday nights Original Telecast: September 9, 2011 In the tenth and final episode of the all-new BBC/Starz co-production of TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY, “The Blood Line,” the mission to track down the Blessing in Shanghai and Buenos Aires runs into complications. Betrayal comes from without and within, Rex (Mekhi Phifer) and Esther (Alexa Havins) […]Read On »

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TV Review: TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY – “The Gathering” – Review #2

Alexa Havins, John Barrowman, and Eve Myles in TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY | ©2011 BBC Worldwide Limited

Stars: John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Mekhi Phifer, Alexa Havins, Kai Owen, Bill Pullman, Lauren Ambrose, Arlene Tur, Jonathan Spencer, Frederick Koehler, Jason Brooks, Tom Price, Marc Vann, William Thomas, Ciera Payton, G. Lane Hillman, Lena Kaur, Liz Jenkins, Ernie Hudson Writer: John Fey Director:  Guy Ferland Network: Starz, airs Friday nights Original Telecast: September 2, 2011 It’s been an interesting ride for the BBC Worldwide and Starz co-production of TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY, and as we head into the home stretch with the ninth (of ten) episode “The Gathering” some things get explained and still more questions are raised. First off […]Read On »

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