“Spartacus” says goodbye. Press Release follows:

San Diego, Calif. – July 13, 2012 – Liam McIntyre, Manu Bennett and Steven S. DeKnight presented the official trailer for the STARZ Original Series “Spartacus: War of the Damned” today in San Diego at the show’s final Comic-Con appearance. The crowd’s applause at an exclusive first look from the upcoming season was only matched by that of the surprise appearance by “Spartacus: Vengeance” stars Lucy Lawless, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Peter Mensah, Craig Parker, Viva Bianca, Nick Tarabay and Katrina Law. “Spartacus: War of the Damned” premieres January 2013.

Download the Official Trailer for “Spartacus: War of the Damned”

Moderated by reporter Jenna Busch, the evening’s panel saw an incredible fan welcome for the current and past “Spartacus” stars with questions regarding the highly anticipated upcoming season as well as burning questions of this past season’s finale.

“I find it really inspiring watching “Spartacus” because it instantly makes me want to do sit-ups,” said one excited fan, leading Manu Bennett (Crixus) to perform several sit-ups on stage. Bennett then demonstrated the Haka, a traditional Maori war dance, which he performs on set to honor the deaths of fallen Spartacus characters. Another high point of the panel was when Andy Whitfield was touchingly remembered by an extended standing ovation.

“Spartacus: War of the Damned,” currently in production in New Zealand, takes place following the defeat of Roman commander Gaius Claudius Glaber. Spartacus and his men have amassed major victories against the Romans after the Battle of Vesuvius. These victories have not only forged the legend of Spartacus, but have greatly increased the ranks of the rebellion slaves to more than 30,000. Rome is indeed beginning to tremble at the threat Spartacus now represents.

The “Spartacus” franchise began its run Friday, January 22, 2010 with “Blood and Sand.” It was followed a year later with the prequel, “Gods of the Arena” (January 21, 2011).  “Vengeance” hit the air on January 27, 2012 and “War of the Damned” is scheduled to air January 2013.

“Spartacus: War of the Damned” sees the return on Liam McIntyre (Spartacus), Manu Bennett (Crixus), Dustin Clare (Gannicus), Dan Feuerriegel (Agron), Cynthia Addai-Robinson (Naevia) and Ellen Hollman (Saxa). This year, Todd Lasance joins the cast as Gaius Julius Caesar, along with Simon Merrells, who will be playing Marcus Crassus and Anna Hutchison as Laeta.

About Starz Entertainment Starz Entertainment, LLC, is a premium movie and original programming entertainment service provider operating in the United States. The company offers 17 premium channels including the flagship STARZ® and ENCORE® brands with approximately 20.1 million and 33.6 million subscribers respectively.  Starz Entertainment airs in total more than 1,000 movies and original series every month across its pay TV channels. Starz Entertainment is recognized as a pay TV leader in providing HD, On Demand, HD On Demand and online advanced services for its STARZ, ENCORE and MOVIEPLEX brands.  Starz Entertainment ( is an operating unit of Starz, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation (NASDAQ: LMCA).

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