Starz renews Spartacus for a 3rd season of blood, sand and sex

Looks like Starz really has faith in its new Spartacus (Liam McIntyre), because the hit series has just been renewed for a third season that'll probably be filled again with lots more sex, sand and blood. So tie up your sandals and get your swords and loincloths ready.

The news of a third season renewal comes before season two, titled Spartacus: Vengeance, even starts airing on Starz Friday, Jan. 27, 2012, at 10 p.m. Preproduction on the as-yet-untitled third series will begin in New Zealand in early 2012.

Starz Media Managing Director Carmi Zlotnik said in a new press release that "There is no denying the impact Spartacus has had in the marketplace with fans across the globe thirsting for the continuation of the epic tale. Vengeance brings unparalleled action and drama to STARZ viewers in January. We are thrilled to come to an early agreement that allows the writers and talent to get right back to work in preparing for season three."

"Many surprises are in store for Vengeance viewers this year,'' said executive producer Rob Tapert. ''But rest assured the multi-layered plot and richly developed characters will continue to be a trademark of this series. It's incredibly gratifying to see how the story has resonated so well with viewers worldwide."

"The executives at Starz have been extremely supportive in giving us creative freedom and allowing us to tell the story in a rich, yet bold way that leaves an indelible mark on its fans," added Steven S. DeKight, also executive producer.

We're really quite thrilled that Spartacus is already getting a third season renewal. How about you?

In the meanwhile, check out an awesome season-two featurette. Enjoy!

Spartacus: Vengeance stars Liam McIntyre, Lucy Lawless, Peter Mensah, Manu Bennett, Dustin Clare, Nick E. Tarabay and Katrina Law.

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