The debut of one series scored an all-time high for Starz as another went out strong. The series premiere of Starz’s Da Vinci’s Demons and the series finale of Spartacus: War Of The Damned this weekend was seen by 4.8 million over multiple viewings. That’s a record weekend result for Starz Original series. With a lead-in by Spartacus, the April 12 premiere of Da Vinci at 10 PM was watched by 1.04 million overall viewers. In total, the David S. Goyer created series garnered over 2.14 million viewers over all its plays over the weekend to nudge ahead of the 2.09 million in total who watched the series premiere of Camelot to hit a new high for a Starz Original series premiere. Da Vinci’s Demons is produced by Adjacent Productions as the first project under a multi-year agreement that Starz and BBC Worldwide Prods. entered into in August 2011. The lush action drama depicts the early life of the famed inventor with British actor Tom Riley playing Leonardo Da Vinci. Starz ordered eight-episodes of the first season of the series. Da Vinci’s Demons’ season finale is scheduled for June 7, 2013.
EXCLUSIVE: While Starz‘s drama Spartacus is heading into its final chapter with the upcoming Season 3, Spartacus: War Of The Damned, Starz may not be ready to close the book on the successful franchise. I’ve learned that there is talk about a potential Spartacus spinoff series centered on Roman leader Gaius Julius Caesar. The spinoff idea, which is in the nascent stages, is being shepherded by Spartacus executive producer Robert Tapert. Spartacus was the brain child of Tapert and creator/executive producer Steven DeKnight, who is busy with another project, the hot sci-fi drama Incursion, which is on fast-track development at Starz.
Caesar is being introduced on the upcoming third and final season of Spartacus, which premieres January 25. The character, played by Australian actor Todd Lasance, is adding star power and a formidable new nemesis for the famous gladiator despite the fact there is no hard evidence that Caesar actually was involved in the campaign to put down the Spartacus-led slave rebellion, as he is on the show. Spartacus: War Of The Damned could serve as a nice starting-off point for a spinoff as it features a young Caesar who is yet to begin his ascent toward ruling the Roman state.
Starz decided in June to the end the run of its Spartacus franchise after this season and now has set a date for the debut of its final installment, Spartacus: War Of The Damned: Friday, January 25 at 9 PM. Liam McIntyre returns as the lead for the third season, which begins after the defeat of Roman commander Gaius Claudius Glaber as Spartacus and his legion of rebellion slaves expands.