The following press release is for Canadian Spartacus fans - the show will premiere on Sunday, 29 January 2011 at 9:00 pm PT/10 pm ET. The Canadian premiere follows the US premiere which will be on Friday 27 January 2011 on the Starz Network.


Liam McIntyre debuts as Spartacus when the series returns for its second season,
Sunday, January 29 at 9 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. ET

(November 17, 2011 - Toronto, Canada) Corus Entertainment's Movie Central (Western Canada) and Astral's The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) present Spartacus: Vengeance, the third installment of Starz's action-adventure original drama series about the Roman Republic's most famous rebel. The 12-part season debuts Sunday, January 29 on Movie Central at 9 p.m. PT and on The Movie Network at 10 p.m. ET.

In the season finale of Spartacus: Blood and Sand, Spartacus led a brutal rampage at the House of Batiatus that more than fulfilled his promise of killing his adversaries. When Season 2 premieres - just a few weeks after that massacre - Capua is in an uproar and the gladiators have escaped and formed an uneasy alliance. Spartacus is still looking to exact revenge on the man responsible for killing his wife, but he soon comes to understand his life may be about something greater than avenging Sura's death: building an army, setting free the slaves and toppling the Roman Empire.

Spartacus: Vengeance marks the debut of Liam McIntyre in the title role of Spartacus. He is joined by returning cast members Lucy Lawless as Lucretia; Peter Mensah as Oenomaus (once known as Doctore); Manu Bennett as Crixus; Dustin Clare as Gannicus; Nick E. Tarabay as Ashur; and Katrina Law as Mira,

Season 2 brings the return of Spartacus: Blood and Sand cast members Craig Parker as Gaius Cladius Glaber, the Roman commander who condemned Spartacus to slavery, and Viva Bianca as Ilithyia, his cunning wife. Cynthia Addai-Robinson also joins the cast as Naevia, the former body slave to Lucretia who was banished from the Ludus for engaging in a love affair with Crixus.

In Western Canada, Spartacus: Vengeance will be available in High Definition on Movie Central HD, and on demand and online with Movie Central On Demand, following its network premiere. In Eastern Canada, the series will be available in High Definition and on demand, and on The Movie Network OnLine with Bell TV Online, Rogers On Demand Online and Videotron's Illico Web.

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