Starz' Spartacus to Hang Up Its Loincloth
(June 5, 2012)
-- Starz has announced that the period drama Spartacus will fold
up its loincloths for the last time when it finishes its third
season early next year.
The show, which is based loosely on the A.D. historical figure,
Spartacus, who went from slavery to warrior, has featured a
rousing mix of nudity, violence and bawdy encounters.
Consequently, the show pulled an average of six million viewers
every week, a strong number for the premium channel.
But series producer Steven S DeKnight tells the Los Angeles
Times that it's time for the saga to end.
“The fans have been tremendously
supportive of our show,”
DeKnight told the newspaper. "We
did not come to this decision
lightly. It was an extremely
difficult and emotional decision
for my partners and I. Yet, in
the end, the story was best
served by rolling all of the
remaining action and drama of
Spartacus' journey into one
stunningly epic season that will
be extremely satisfying for
everyone who's been along for
The final season, which will
include 10 episodes, is now in
production and will air in