Yesterday afternoon I watched the first episode and a half of Starz’s show Spartacus: Blood and Sand. As a girl who studied Latin for 6 years and who also loves Xena: Warrior Princess and all things Sam Raimi I found it to be ridiculously, hilariously, funny. The gore is so over the top. So is the sex. Needless to say I’m going to be tearing thru the rest of the episodes sometime soon.
Then this morning I read that Starz is going to work on a “contemporary Camelot” series. From the press:
Slated to premiere in first-half 2011, the 10-episode “Camelot” uses Thomas Malory’s 15th-century compilation “Le Morte d’Arthur,” often considered the definitive work on the legend of King Arthur, as a starting point for an updated take on the tale.
“The story of Arthur isn’t history, it’s mythology, and Camelot isn’t a place but an idea of hope that has resonated at different times throughout history,” Starz president and CEO Chris Albrecht said.
The goal is “to tell the universal story of Camelot on a global scale,” he said.
The project will have a producing team that encompasses four countries — the U.S., U.K., Ireland and Canada — and is led by Oscar-winning producer Graham King (“The Departed”) and “The Tudors” masterminds Morgan O’Sullivan and Michael Hirst.
Described as a romantic adventure series, “Camelot” is being written by British TV scribe Chris Chibnall (“Torchwood”).
Albrecht has made ramping up original production a priority at Starz, with a focus on costume dramas.
He called “Camelot” “a highly entertaining and distinctly original TV program that fits in perfectly with our lineup.” That includes the breakout original hit “Spartacus: Blood and Sand,” the returning comedy “Party Down” and the recently acquired eight-part miniseries based on Ken Follett’s “The Pillars of the Earth.”
Oh hell yes please. Some people like their trashy soap operas. Others like trashy “reality” TV shows. Me? I’ll take trashy historical costume dramas with Lucy Lawless any day of the week. SPARTACUS! *giggles*