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Starz To Pay Tribute To Andy Whitfield

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Andy Whitfield Starz Tribute

The tragic death of Andy Whitfield has left Spartacus fans mourning.

To honor his wonderful contributions to the television community, Starz will pay special tribute to Andy, who died at 37 of non-Hodgkin Lymphoma.

In October, they were showcase five of his most outstanding episodes from the series. The mini marathon will air October 2.

They will also re-air the entire season of Spartacus: Blood and Sand on December 16, 2011.

We miss you, Andy! We hope you're smiling wherever you are!

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Lucy Lawless Remembers Her Spartacus Co-Star Andy Whitfield

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As we unfortunately reported earlier, actor Andy Whitfield has passed away at the young age of 39.

The Spartacus star lost his battle with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and his family and friends couldn't be hurting more.

Among those friends is co-star Lucy Lawless who remembers him fondly:

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Spartacus' Andy Whitfield Has Passed Away

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So sad. It doesn't seem fair. He was so young.

Andy Whitfield, best known for his role as Spartacus on the Starz series, passed away over the weekend. After 18 months, Andy lost his battle with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, passing away in his home of Sydney, Australia yesterday afternoon.

The family released a statement, saying:

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Spartacus Actress Calls It Quits, Won't Return For Next Season

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Last month, we were happy to report that Starz' prequel series Spartacus: Gods of the Arena started out strong, despite star Andy Whitfield's departure from the show.

Now, it looks like another cast member, Lesley-Ann Brandt, will be leaving the show.

Brandt has reportedly quit the show to pursue other pilot projects, and her character Naevia will be recast for the show's upcoming season, Spartacus: Vengeance, which will premiere on Starz in late 2011.

Spartacus fans really seem to love this series, so we're thinking that they'll be able to handle the role being recast.

Do U watch the show? If so, who do U think would be good to take over the role of Naevia?

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And The New Spartacus Is…

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Liam McIntyre!

Last week, we learned that it was between Liam McIntyre and Dominic Purcell for the lead role in Spartacus: Blood and Sand.

Now, we've learned that Australian actor McIntyre has been chosen as the replacement for Andy Whitfield, after he had to exit the series to resume his cancer treatment.

Here's what Starz president/CEO Chris Albrecht had to say about the casting decision:

“Since no one can really replace Andy, we realized that we should instead find an actor who can truly lead Spartacus forward. It was important to us to have Andy endorse the idea of recasting this part, which he did in the same heroic manner that he’s dealt with his whole ordeal. And that, coupled with our fortune in finding a young actor with the gladiator credentials and the acting ability of Liam, makes it easier for us to keep this hit franchise going.”

We weren't 100% sure if Liam was jacked enough to play a gladiator, but he def looks more like Andy than Dominic Purcell, so overall, we're thinking this was a solid decision…esp if he can bulk up a bit before the show begins!

What do U think? Did they choose the right Spartacus?

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