In case you haven't heard already, the new Starz series, "Spartacus: Blood and Sand," has a lot of nudity in it. We're talking full-frontal, kids. Did I mention there's a lot of sex, too? And a lot of sweaty, grunting, oiled-up dudes grappling with each other? Moreover, there's a lot of bloody violence, which is made either more or less graphic by the fact that it's stylized, "300"-style, with slow-motion streams of blood that hang in midair after spurting out of a man's jugular. As star John Hannah puts it, "We're really pushing the boundaries." Last night, Sling.com chatted with John Hannah, Lucy Lawless, and Andy Whitfield about their new series, which premieres on Friday (and has Starz so excited that they've already ordered a second season).

The show got picked up for a second season. What was it like when you heard that?

Lucy: Oh, it's wonderful. Starz has got some cojones, man. They got behind us, boots and all. There's posters everywhere, and they put trailers before "Avatar" and before "Sherlock Holmes" -- really big movies -- and I'm really, really thrilled and grateful, and we want to do them proud to rebrand that station. They deserve it.


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