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Starz Announces Guest Star Line-Up for Torchwood: Miracle Day!

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With the premiere of Torchwood: Miracle Day a mere seven weeks away, Starz has announced the 10-episode event’s guest cast – a cast that includes Wayne Knight, C. Thomas Howell, Ernie Hudson, Nana Visitor, John DeLancie, Mare Winningham and Frances Fisher.

The full press release follows the jump.

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Camelot’s Creator, Merlin and Guinevere Talk About The Challenges of Bringing a Legend to TV!

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The success of Spartacus: Blood and Sand, and Spartacus: Gods of the Arena have given Starz its highest profile ever. Now, the network is returning to that mix of history and legend with its new series, Camelot [Fridays, 10-9C] – a stripped down take on the Arthurian legend.

On Tuesday, I had the opportunity to take part in a conference call with series creator Chris Chibnall and stars Joseph Fiennes and Tamsin Egerton who play, respectively, Merlin and Guinevere. Much of the discussion centered on the challenges of taking such a well known legend – and such archetypal characters – and making them fresh. Note: Our interviewees were on long distance [as in across the pond], so there were some occasional reception problems…

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Spartacus: Gods of the Arena: Series Creator, Two Gladiators and a Mischievous Lady Talk About Their Roles In The Prequel!

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In a rare confluence of events – a star’s illness; an open timeslot; fans clamoring for more backstory, and an idea intended for a postponed second season – Spartacus: Gods of the Arena was born. The six-episode prequel to Spartacus: Blood and Sand fills in the background history of Batiatus and Lucretia and how their ludus [gladiator training facility] came to a certain level of prominence before the arrival of the famed Thracian gladiator.

On Monday, I had the opportunity to take part in a conference call with series creator/showrunner/writer Steven S. DeKnight and stars Dustin Clare [Gannicus future champion of Capua], Manu Bennett [Crixus, here new to the ludus] and Jaime Murray [Lucretia’s old friend and fellow partier, Gaia].

Note: for some reason, this call had a lot of weirdness, technically – dropouts, cutoffs, static – so the transcript isn’t perfect. It was still a fun call, though.

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Spartacus: Gods of the Arena – Brutal, Sexy Prequel Series Mixes Nuance With Bludgeoning!

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Spartacus: Gods of the Area [Starz, Fridays, 10/9C] came about as a result of the unforeseen health issues of the star of Spartacus Blood and Sand. Conceived, partially, as a fill-in to keep the franchise alive while he recovered, and heeding the call of fans for some back-story on ludus owner Batiatus and his wife, Lucretia, series creator Steven S. DeKnight took a flashback that had been intended for season two of Blood and Sand and expanded it in a way that has yielded – at the very least – a premiere episode that matches the best of Blood and Sand’s first season.

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Australian Steps Into The Of Spartacus!

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Australian actor Liam McIntyre has been selected to fill the gladatorial boots of Andy Whitfield who originated the role in the Starz series: Spartacus: Blood and Sand. As Whitfield was unable to return due to health issues, he gave his blessing to the recasting.

Details from the press release follow the jump.

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First Look: Starz’ Camelot!

Starz isn’t premiering Camelot until April, but we have a first look for you here.

Why should you watch? We’ll let Joseph Fiennes [Merlin] answer: ‘People should watch because… it’s not a musical.”

A press release listing primary cast members and an overview of the series follows the jump.

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Starz Finds The Magic: Greenlights Magic City!

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From Torchwood’s science-fiction set in the present, to Spartacus: Gods of the Arena’s gladiatorial glory in ancient Rome, Starz has shown itself to be open original programming with a more mature bent.

Now, Starz is going to one of America’s most glamorous cities – at a time when it was at its peak – Miami! The network has greenlighted Magic City, from Mitch Glazer [Scrooged, The Recruit] – a new series, set in the 1950s, centered around the Miramar Hotel, one of the city’s showpieces. It’s the place where you can see Frank Sinatra ring in the new year, or take cha-cha lessons by the pool – while the Mob is ever present, waiting to move in to take a piece of the action.

Casting will begin soon and production will begin in the new year, looking at being on the air in 2012. Series description and other details from the press release follow the jump.

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