Spartacus: Blood and Sand' Season 2 postponed, possible prequel in the works

The April 16 Season 1 finale of "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" is the last we'll see of the Starz! show for a while.


Lead actor Andy Whitfield was recently diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, and since the series can't continue without Spartacus himself, production of Season 2 has been delayed indefinitely.


Staff writer Maurissa Tancharoe, confirms via Twitter: "The second season is still happening, however, it is on hold at the moment due to star Andy Whitfield's health problems." She repeated her sentiment later, assuring fans that the show has not been canceled.


NY Magazine reports that in order to utilize the sets, actors, and writers standing by, Starz is developing a prequel series. A younger actor could replace Whitfield, keeping audiences interested until Whitfield can return for Season 2. There's no word yet on whether co-stars like Lucy Lawless and John Hannah would be involved in the prequel.


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Apr 17, 2010 9:52PM EDT

that sucks. i hope the movie can still go on. because this movie is very great.why can't they just find someone to take his place that looks very similar to the actor ,close to the same age.there has to be someone out there?

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Apr 18, 2010 4:56AM EDT

Get well soon Andy Whitfield! To a full and speedy recovery!

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Apr 18, 2010 5:19AM EDT

why replace an actor who has become the face of your series? plus he probably allready had the contract drawn up before he was diagnosed

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Apr 18, 2010 6:04AM EDT

I agree duanewayne21 ... Let all hope Andy gets the help he needs to get well so this can be around for a long time.
sabrinaroche That is what they are talking about doing... if they make a prequel, they can use younger actors because it would have happened before the time the 1st season took place.
I myself would rather have a prequel to this season then wait for 2 years or so. This will give Andy time to heal and give us fans some insight to how their lives where before this season took place.

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Apr 18, 2010 7:06AM EDT

i completely agree with you cheech and i also wish a speedy recovery to Andy

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Apr 19, 2010 1:44PM EDT

This season was just too good. I liked how it wasnt dragged on, something that others shows do a lot like smallville.
Andy was great as well, he made the show, replacing him would just ruin it for me.

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Apr 19, 2010 2:17PM EDT

Season ender was freakin awesome! get well soon Andy

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Apr 19, 2010 9:15PM EDT

First Get well very soon Andy Whitfield you are an amazing actor.
Second that season ending was awesome
Lastly a prequel would be a good idea to keep the fans interest in the series.

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Apr 21, 2010 7:51PM EDT

Best wishes to Mr. Whitfield.
So far I appreciate the series, but that appreciation is heavily overshadowed by the discriminatory nudity. If I have to look at tits and ass, I wanna see some dick in there, too. And balls. Or are the straight boys afraid to see these things, despite the straight ladies having to endure the sight of nipple erections and cootch.
Pfft. Men.

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Apr 23, 2010 11:53PM EDT

are u kiddin me sorrenea must have only watched one episode if it wasn't such a good show i would have stop watching due to all the swinging dicks in that show there was that whole barca and his lil faggity lover not to mention that the Noble women as they wud call it pretty well rape these fuckin beastly guys or use them in which ever way seems fit weather watchin them fuck some slave or just standing there naked for personal viewing or just to fuck like lucie lol which is kinda humorous in itself like this guys cud beat the livein shit outt pretty well anyone but yet there so powerless its mind boggling think they wudda noticed the lutus such high honor had been tarnished way befor and rebelled but guess not i just hope they get that prequel going A.S.A.P and hope whitfield makes it out alright thats nuts def feel for the guy like wat a start as an actor seriously...i don't think this show well survive while he is healin up sadly maybe if they did a prequel then got a look alike for awhile and when he is all healed up give him back his rightful stop and make the new guy another role but not as a slave or gladiator wud be to recognizable wud kinda ruin it but im sure they well have a whole new crew on now that they have escaped i relle hope they continue this show!!!!

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Apr 24, 2010 2:13PM EDT

KevinM31
wud?cud?wat?
Boy you got yourself a "Touch of the Downs" don't ya?

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Apr 24, 2010 10:01PM EDT

This and Supernatural are my favorite two shows out there right now godspeed Andy <3

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Apr 25, 2010 9:17PM EDT

This show, Supernatural and Entourage are my favorites. Andy you da man, the finale was sick!!!. Looking forward to another season with you at the helm. Get better man......

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Apr 30, 2010 11:02PM EDT

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hahahhaha yeah got a lil carried away there but shit son its a pretty kewl show

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Jun 3, 2010 4:46AM EDT

Might take him a while to build that physique back up again.

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