By Jenna Busch
posted: 22 January 2010 11:02 am ET

Add action and over-the-top violence to some pretty darn cool effects, excellent writing, genre goddess Lucy Lawless and Dollhouse, Buffy, Angel, and Smallville alum Steven S. DeKnight, you may very well have a hit on your hands.  (Lead Andy Whitfield in some pretty darn kick ass and super bloody fight scenes certainly doesn't hurt.)  'Spartacus: Blood and Sand' premieres on Starz tonight, and we highly recommend you call your cable provider if you don't get it yet.  A little 300, a little Rome and a little sex, drugs and, swords and naked dancers.  Same thing.  Want another reason to watch?  The show has already been renewed for a second season...before the first one has even aired!  We got a chance to take part in a conference call with Lawless, DeKnight and Whitfield about the show last week where we got the scoop on the show, the sex scenes, working with a slo-mo camera and yes, the fluffers. 

Lucy Lawless:  All of us, the actors and the writers, are very serious about what we're doing.  We do not want one single thing to be gratuitous, even when there is a sex scene.  In fact, there is also business being transacted.  The scene is about something else.  Otherwise it would be on the Playboy channel...this is not soft porn.  It's a bloody good yarn and you want to be on board.  It's a great show.

Read the full interview.

News submitted by Barbara Davies.