'Spartacus' may not get another season, Starz says

andy-whitfield2-spartacus.jpg"All options" are on the table for the future of the Starz series "Spartacus" -- including one in which the show may not have a future.

That was the word from Starz president and CEO Chris Albrecht Thursday (Sept. 30) in New York, where he answered questions from investors in the cable channel's parent company, Liberty Media. Albrecht says he's hopeful that the show will return late next year, according to The Hollywood Reporter, but "if not, we'll have something else in the fourth quarter" of 2011.

The future of "Spartacus" was thrown into doubt after star Andy Whitfield was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma early this year. He was pronounced cancer-free and cleared to go back to work over the summer, but a recurrence of the cancer in September forced him to drop out of Season 2.

Since then, there have been reports that Starz and the show's producers may seek a replacement for Whitfield. A six-episode prequel, "Spartacus: Gods of the Arena," is scheduled to air in January. The miniseries focuses on the gladiator school in the time before Spartacus' arrival.

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