New Documentary Showcases ‘Spartacus’ Star Andy Whitfield’s Final Fight Against Cancer

When “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” actor Andy Whitfieldlearned he had cancer, namely stage 4 non-Hodgkin lymphoma, he beat it. When a routine checkup discovered that it had returned, Whitfield and his wife Vashti decided to document his second fight against the disease, filming his battle for over a year, up until just before he died […]

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‘Spartacus’ Marathon Will Honor Late Actor

By Kimberly Potts LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) -The Starz network has scheduled a special marathon of “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” to honor the series’ breakout star, 39-year-old Andy Whitfield, who died on September 11 after a battle with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Five episodes, including the first episode and the first season finale, will air at 9 p.m. […]

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TV News & Notes: Maddow Reacts To Olbermann, ‘Wonder Woman’ Gets A Makeover & More

All the TV news you need to know today, with a twist (weekend edition)… Appearing on the HBO series “Real Time with Bill Maher,” Rachel Maddow reacted to Keith Olbermann’s sudden departure from MSNBC. Asked what happened, she said only it’s “between Keith and the company, it didn’t involve any of the rest of us.” […]

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‘Spartacus’ Title Role Being Recast

STARZ has made the tough call to proceed with ‘Spartacus: Blood and Sand‘ for a second season with a new actor in the title role. The network will recast the role of Spartacus after leading man Andy Whitfield was forced to bow out of the series for good due to his ongoing battle with non-Hodgkins […]

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Andy Whitfield Bows Out Of ‘Spartacus’ As Cancer Returns

Andy Whitfield will not be returning for the second season star of Starz’s ‘Spartacus: Blood and Sand,’ as he instead undergoes “aggressive treatment for a recurrence of cancer,” his publicist says in a statement cited by The Hollywood Reporter. The Welsh-born actor, 35, had been diagnosed with treatable Stage 1 non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in early March, […]

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‘Spartacus’ Prequel Promises More Drama, Battles and Creative Cursing

‘Spartacus: Blood and Sand‘ quickly became Starz’s most popular original series, with its blend of sophisticated historical drama and intense violence and sex.  Sadly, just as the show was taking off, Andy Whitfield (who plays Spartacus) was diagnosed with cancer.  Fortunately, he has now recovered and was in fighting form at the San Diego Comic-Con […]

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Starz Channel Plans Prequel to ‘Spartacus’ Series

NEW YORK — A prequel to the Starz channel’s hit series ‘Spartacus: Blood and Sand‘ is in the works. Andy Whitfield played the gladiator hero in its breakout first season and will briefly appear in the prequel. But co-stars Lucy Lawless and John Hannah take center stage for the six-episode miniseries leading up to Spartacus’ arrival […]

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What To Watch: Friday

TOP PICK: ‘Spartacus: Blood And Sand‘ (10pm on Starz) There’s a reason this episode is called “Kill Them All.” Expect the death toll to be high as Spartacus goes on the attack as the season ends. Spartacus’ fury culminates in the stunning season finale. KEY EPISODE: ‘Smallville‘ (8pm ET on The CW) Brian Austin Green […]

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