From Show Patrol:

The makers of "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" splatter the screen with sex, violence and plenty of R-rated language, but you won't convince them that any of it is out of place.

"I take issue with you using the word gratuitous," star Lucy Lawless said. "In fact, all of us, the actors and writers, are very serious about why we do it. We do not want one single thing to be gratuitous; it's not what we're about."

Lawless plays Lucretia, a Lady Macbeth-like figure in Starz new series premiering at 9 p.m. Friday. It tells the story of Spartacus, the gladiator who eventually leads an uprising against the Roman empire.

So why all the sex?

"It seems relevant to that time and what a sort of volatile, crazy world," said newcomer Andy Whitfield. "Actually, it would be inauthentic to not go there."

Read the full interview.

News submitted by Barbara Davies.