Syfy Acquires U.S. Basic Cable Rights to Starz’s ‘Spartacus’


Syfy has acquired the U.S. basic cable rights to all 39 episodes of Starz’s cult gladiator drama “Spartacus.” The deal encompasses all three of “Spartacus'” main seasons, “Blood and Sand,” “Vengeance” and “War of the Damned,” plus its six-episode prequel series “Gods of the Arena.”

“Spartacus” will make its basic cable premiere on Thursday, June 26 at 10 p.m., following Syfy’s original dramas “Defiance” at 8 p.m. and “Dominion” at 9 p.m.

Contrary to other reports, Syfy is not picking up the series for new episodes.

“Spartacus” is the latest addition to Syfy’s stable of acquisitions, which include “Lost Girl,” “Bitten,” “Continuum” and the upcoming “The Almighty Johnsons” (premiering in July), “Z-Nation” (fall) and “Olympus” (2015).

Said Chris Regina, Senior Vice President of Programming at Syfy: “Our strategy of acquiring hit shows to complement our premium original scripted series has really resonated with our audience. With its action-soaked storylines and powerful characters, Spartacus will be a dynamic addition to our schedule.”

“Spartacus made an indelible impact on Starz’s premium viewers in the United States and with audiences around the globe,” said Gene George, Executive Vice President, Worldwide Distribution for Starz. “We are very pleased to strike this accord and bring the incredible tale of Spartacus to Syfy for its viewers.”

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  1. AMber says:

    I can’t wait to watch heavily censored episodes. The more they take out the better. /Sarcasm

  2. Nuno Cardoso says:

    Spartacus edited for Syfy, total run time: 5 min. hahahahaha

  3. dreamlife613 says:

    While I could see this working for a series like Game of Thrones, which could definitely dial down the nudity and sex scenes without jeopardizing story, how is Syfy going to edit Spartacus?! So much violence, nudity, sex, and language. I’m definitely curious, because I wouldn’t mind rewatching, but maybe they’ll be able to get away with more with the 10 p.m. timeslot?

  4. Ashlyn Rose says:

    Spartacus is a powerful series exploring the human spirit’s determination for free will. It was also very violent and sexual. I will watch it again but I believe it will not be as forceful due to editorial content. However, since other basic cable programming (Hannibal, American Horror, among others) have relaxed their regulations I remain hopeful the snips will not undermine the story line.

  5. JoelR says:

    Will be HEAVILY censored. No thanks.

  6. Phyllis M. says:

    Spartacus was an awesome series but I know it will be edited for content. :-(

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