Porn accusations shock "Spartacus" producer

Wed Mar 31, 2010 6:15pm EDT
 
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By James Hibberd

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - From the rampant use of "Jupiter's c--k!" as an expletive to its CGI-on-meth production values, there is no other series like "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" on TV.

Yet while ratings for the drama climb as its first season finale approaches, production on Season 2 has been postponed by star Andy Whitfield entering treatment for non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Executive producer Steven S. DeKnight recently talked about what's next for the series and viewer reaction to the show's explicit content.

WHAT'S THE LATEST ON ANDY?

DeKnight: Andy is doing great. He's going through his treatments. I've gotten a couple messages from him. All indicators are very positive.

DO YOU HAVE ANY SENSE OF WHEN HE'LL BE ABLE TO GET BACK TO WORK?

DeKnight: Not sure yet. We're kicking that around. We're dedicated to supporting him. We're delaying the season until he's back in the pink and ready to go.

TALK ABOUT THE VISUAL DESIGN OF THE SHOW, IT SEEMS LIKE IT'S EVOLVED SINCE THE FIRST COUPLE EPISODES.

DeKnight: We went straight to 13 episodes with no pilot. So we didn't have any time to shake the bugs out of the system. You can see from episodes 1-5 how everything has really jelled and developed -- the writing, the performances, the directing, everything. We always wanted to approach it as a graphic novel and take the technology that director Zack Snyder pushed forward with "300" and keep that style alive. The first episode was our experiment, and we went a little too far.   Continued...