<i>Spartacus: Blood and Sand</i>… And Sex and Intrigue and Decapitations

If there was ever an era that was perfect to be made into a pay-cable TV series, it's ancient Rome. Courtly intrigue, coupled with the excesses that the Romans indulged in -- glorious conquest, opulent wealth, killing for entertainment, sex as a distraction from boredom -- form the perfect recipe for mass entertainment. Why else do you think Gladiator won an Academy Award? The HBO series Rome tried to capture that glory, and succeeded; unfortunately, it was too expensive to last more than two seasons. Starz is following a different route, however -- they're emulating the film 300, which re-created ancient Greece on a budget by using computers and green screens. There are sets in Spartacus, of course, but they're far from the massive exteriors of Rome, and most of their characters (like the Spartans in 300), require very little costuming. I don't know what budgetary category "washboard abs" falls under (catering?), but it ain't costumes.

TV on DVD: Tuesday, September 11, 2012

by Ethan Alter September 11, 2012 6:00 am
TV on DVD: Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Live from New York, it's another 30 Rock live episode!

Today's TWoP News: Monday, June 4, 2012

by Kaitlin Reilly June 4, 2012 5:07 pm
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SNL is officially down one player.

Today's TWoP News: Tuesday, November 8, 2011

by Ashley Chervinski November 8, 2011 1:06 pm
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The second season may have not started yet, but Spartacus isn't going anywhere anytime soon.

TV On DVD: Tuesday, September 13, 2011

by Ethan Alter September 13, 2011 6:00 am
TV On DVD: Tuesday, September 13, 2011

We must confess/That your suckiness/Is bringing us down/So give us a sign/Please get good again one more time.

Today's TWoP News: Monday, September 12, 2011

by TWoP Staff September 12, 2011 2:40 pm
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If you want an Emmy, you might have to sing for it.

Today's TWoP News: March 31, 2009

by Angel Cohn March 31, 2009 3:26 pm
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I hate to start off on a rant, but I just can't wait until after the jump. Seriously, why is 90210 2.0 going to get rid of Dustin Milligan, who plays Ethan? He's one of the few characters on that show I can even tolerate. The pentapus? Kinda cute. The fact that they think he's run his course is stupid. Really? Just hook him up with a new girl. I always thought he was supposed to be the Dylan in this scenario. Which means he's got a couple more seasons of life in him yet. Instead, the powers that be are trying to find ways to make watching this show an even more painful experience than it already is (it is my job to watch it... I would have stopped long ago if I could have). Since this apparently means more screen time for the dude playing Liam, and not a promotion for the awesomely underrated Navid, I'm not happy. Okay, now on to the rest of your regularly scheduled, and less rant-filled, news.

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