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Syfy Acquires U.S. Basic Cable Rights to Starz’s ‘Spartacus’

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Syfy has acquired the U.S. basic cable rights to all 39 episodes of Starz’s cult gladiator drama “Spartacus.” The deal encompasses all three of “Spartacus’” main seasons, “Blood and Sand,” “Vengeance” and “War of the Damned,” plus its six-episode prequel series “Gods of the Arena.”

“Spartacus” will make its basic cable premiere on Thursday, June 26 at 10 p.m., following Syfy’s original dramas “Defiance” at 8 p.m. and “Dominion” at 9 p.m.

Contrary to other reports, Syfy is not picking up the series for new episodes.

“Spartacus” is the latest addition to Syfy’s stable of acquisitions, which include “Lost Girl,” “Bitten,” “Continuum” and the upcoming “The Almighty Johnsons” (premiering in July), “Z-Nation” (fall) and “Olympus” (2015).

- Laura Prudom/VARIETY

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