The highly anticipated six-part prequel to Spartacus: Blood and Sand premieres Sunday, January 23 at 10 p.m. ET/MT
Free online sampling opportunity begins Saturday, January 22 at www.themovienetwork.ca and www.moviecentral.ca
TORONTO, Jan. 12 /CNW Telbec/ - Astral's The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) and Corus Entertainment's Movie Central (Western Canada) are once again entering the brutal, visceral world of
Ancient Roman gladiators with Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, a six-part prequel to the Starz action-adventure original drama
series, Spartacus: Blood and Sand. The uniquely graphic series will premiere Sunday, January 23 at 10 p.m. ET on The Movie Network and 10 p.m. MT on Movie Central.
Spartacus: Gods of the Arena centres around Gannicus (new cast member Dustin Clare), the charismatic gladiator aspiring to become Champion of Capua and of
the House of Batiatus. With political ambitions and poised to overthrow
his father and take control of the House, a young Batiatus (John Hannah) will freely betray anyone to ensure his gladiators are in the highest
demand. With his loyal and calculating wife Lucretia (Lucy Lawless) by his side, they will stop at nothing to deceive the masses.
In addition to Hannah and Lawless, the series also stars returning cast
members Peter Mensah as Oenomaus before he becomes the gladiator trainer Doctore, and Manu Bennett as the gladiator Crixus. New cast members also include Jaime Murray as Capua's sexy social climber Gaia; Marisa Ramirez as Melitta, a beautiful slave who must face the ultimate decision of
the heart; and Jeffrey Thomas as Batiatus' father Titus. The six-part, one-hour series is produced by
Rob Tapert, Sam Raimi, Joshua Donen and Steven S. DeKnight.
Spartacus: Gods of the Arena will be simulcast on The Movie Network and Movie Central's High
Definition channels and new episodes will be available on demand
following their network premieres. New episodes of the series will also
be available on The Movie Network OnLine following their premieres.
FREE ONLINE SAMPLING OPPORTUNITY
Beginning Saturday, January 22, The Movie Network and Movie Central will
also offer a free, two-week online sampling of the premiere episode of Spartacus: Gods of the Arena. The episode will be available free-of-charge at www.themovienetwork.ca and www.moviecentral.ca.
The Movie Network is a pay television service available in eastern Canada. With premiere
access to Hollywood hit movies, new and exclusive HBO content,
critically-acclaimed Showtime series and first-rate Canadian
programming, this pay-television service presents Canadians with some
of the best television entertainment available. The Movie Network
service includes five 24-hour multiplex channels - M, HBO Canada,
MExcess, MFun! and MFest - which deliver diverse and entertaining
programs in an uncut and commercial-free television environment. The
Movie Network also offers The Movie Network HD, HBO Canada HD, MExcess
HD and MFun! HD, four dedicated high-definition channels providing
hundreds of titles in HD; The Movie Network OnDemand, a Subscription
Video On Demand (SVOD) service, available in select areas across
eastern Canada; and, TMN OnLine an Internet-based content streaming
service available to BellTV, Rogers and Videotron subscribers. For more
information, please visit www.themovienetwork.ca .
The Movie Network is a member of the Astral family. Astral (TSX:
ACM.A/ACM.B) is one of Canada's largest media companies. It operates
several of the country's most popular pay and specialty television,
radio, out-of-home advertising and digital media properties. Astral
plays a central role in community life across the country by offering
diverse, rich and vibrant programming that meets the tastes and needs
of consumers and advertisers. To learn more about Astral, visit astral.com.
Movie Central is a commercial-free premium pay TV service available in western
Canada. Movie Central premieres the best in Hollywood, international
and Canadian films across nine 24-hour movie channels, including
dedicated high-definition feeds, a Movie Central On Demand service and
exclusive HBO content on HBO Canada. Movie Central is also the first
window for Showtime content and home to cutting-edge Canadian series. A
major force in the Canadian independent film and television production
industry, Movie Central, through The Corus Made with Pay Fund, supports
many critically-acclaimed and award-winning Canadian series and films.
Visit the Movie Central website at www.moviecentral.ca.
Movie Central is owned by Corus Entertainment Inc., a Canadian-based
media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in specialty
television and radio with additional assets in pay television,
television broadcasting, children's book publishing and children's
animation. Experience Corus on the web at www.corusent.com.
For access to The Movie Network's media room or Movie Central's press
site, please visit http://tv.astral.com or http://mediacentre.corusent.com.
SOURCE The Movie Network
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