Spartacus:Blood and Sand Star Andy Whitfield forced to quit series.

The star of the critically acclaimed series must give up his role due to recent health issues.

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By tazmaniak - 9/18/2010


Earlier this year, Spartacus:Blood and Sand star Andy Whitfield was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and began treatment in New Zealand. He wouldn't be available to film the second season of the show, so the producers decided to air a 6 part prequel, in order to maintain the fan base while Whitfield recuperated.This prequel would focus on the the characters portrayed by Lucy Lawless and John Hannah.

In June, we learned Whitfield had completed his treatment and would begin filming the second season in October.

Now we learn his cancer has returned and will require aggressive treatment.The actor will not be able to film the second season.

The network has yet to comment on the fate of the second season. Will the series be canceled?That seems unlikely, as it's their highest rated series.In fact, until Camelot airs in the Spring, it is currently their only series.

Will they cancel the show?Again, seems unlikely as it's their only series and it's ratings are very high.

Will they recast the role? This seems to be a likely scenario. The entire series is based around the character and the show could not go on without him. It isn't plausible to wait for the actor to complete this new round of treatment, as they wouldn't be able to hold on to the cast and crew, nor is there any guarantee the actor won't need more treatment.

This was one of my favorite shows of the year, and I hope they are able to find a suitable way to move forward with it.

I hope the actor successfully completes his treatment. I am also sad to see him leave the series, as I think he makes the series.
Source: people.com
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LEEE777 - 9/18/2010, 11:08 AM
TAZ @ I don't want to break it to you but this has absolutely nothing to with comics books?

Still I love the series and thats really bad news about Whitfield... hope he gets through it and better soon!

tazmaniak - 9/18/2010, 11:14 AM
Come on, it's not particularly a CBM, but it's a genre show.There are plenty of articles about movies/TV shows that aren't strictly comic book related.

Anyway, not sure why the link isn't directing to the source.I can't edit it either.Here is the link.

http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20427348,00.html?xid=rss-fullcontent
LEEE777 - 9/18/2010, 11:27 AM
TAZ @ Cool!

Erin Cummings for Wonder Woman!! ; D

GRIF @ Holy sh1t, you love this? Gr8 man, this is my must see of the week!

Why a movie though? If [frick]ing SMALLVILLE can last 10 years this should have no problem!
tazmaniak - 9/18/2010, 11:36 AM
Grif, I don't think they're going to cancel it.They just have to figure out a way to continue without him.I honestly think they will recast.
sweetre15 - 9/18/2010, 11:44 AM
@LEE777: I second that Erin Cummings for Wonder Woman, she's also from my Hometown - Lafayette,Louisiana. I also like her acting in Spartacus.
AlexDeLarge87 - 9/18/2010, 12:00 PM
Sad news!
The show is ok. Its basically Frank Miller´s 300 TV-series.

The action in it is good, but it could be better! I dont hate it, but i dont love it either!
marvel72 - 9/18/2010, 12:01 PM
critically acclaimed series :D

i only watch it for the violence & boobies,the acting is terrible.

@ leee777

definetly erin cummings for wonder woman,please dc entertainment make a announcement that wonder woman & the flash are their next projects to hit the big screen.
LucasMend - 9/18/2010, 12:05 PM
damn thats bad :/ didnt know he has that.
Yeah the acting sucks on that show, but still is a good entertainment :)
agentofchaos - 9/18/2010, 12:08 PM
it does take away from miller,but got to love the boobies.it was a great show,if they would only cut out all the dick shots,lol :P
InTylerWeTrust - 9/18/2010, 12:24 PM
Not a fan of the show in general, but Whitfield really started to hit his stride at the end of the first season. This sucks, I hope he gets better.
felixxx - 9/18/2010, 1:32 PM
I hate when people bitch about something getting posted thats not a comic. If you dont have anything better to write.....dont. This is actually a motion comic, so it has every right to be here.
LEEE777 - 9/18/2010, 1:45 PM
Sweetre15 @ Wicked dude, and damn really, Thats pretty cool!!!


DEADPOOL @ Hellz Yeh!! Man ya right... WB better hurry up with FLASH & WW!

sweetre15 - 9/18/2010, 2:03 PM
@LEEE777: Here's more pics of Cummings for your enjoyment.



While WB's at it they should cast Lucy Lawless as Hippolyta especially since she was in Spatacus:Blood and Sand as well. She's already got the whole Hatred for Areas thing down in XENA:Warrior Princess.
selinakyle - 9/20/2010, 12:25 PM
No!!!!!!

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