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'Spartacus' gets 3rd season before Season 2 'Vengeance' begins

'Spartacus' gets 3rd season before Season 2 'Vengeance' begins

Starz has signed on for a third season of "Spartacus" months before the Jan. 27 premiere of Season 2, which is titled "Spartacus: Vengeance." That's not really a big surprise, considering the franchise is one of the network's biggest hits. And it's awesome to boot.

The network made the announcement Monday. Production for the not-yet-titled third season will begin in early 2012.

"Spartacus: Vengeance" was delayed a year after Andy Whitfield, the star of "Spartacus: Blood and Sand," became ill. A prequel, called "Spartacus: Gods of the Arena," aired earlier this year. Whitfield eventually bowed out of the series, giving his...