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“Spartacus” Star Andy Whitfield Talks About Getting Into Gladiator Shape

After testing the waters of original programming with Head Case, Crash and Party Down, Starz makes its biggest splash yet with an extreme action epic that turns an ancient tale into a bacchanal of guts, glory and a generous helping of flesh. Spartacus: Blood and Sand (Fridays beginning Jan. 22) — in addition to taking full advantage of the freedom that comes with airing on a premium channel — marries the graphic-novel visuals of 300 to the dramatics of Gladiator, and in the process promises to make a star out of Aussie newcomer Andy Whitfield. Writer/executive producer Steven S. DeKnight […]

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Spike Goes On The Offensive With New Football Comedy

To say that Blue Mountain State is intended for mature audiences would be misleading. Sure, the show contains more than its share of sexually charged content and coarse language, but it’s also aimed at the type of person who would find humor in a race requiring its participants to possess only a cookie, a jock strap and a complete lack of a gag reflex. That said, there’s nothing wrong with a little immaturity. The series takes place at Blue Mountain State University, where the only things that matter are football and scoring — and the two are not necessarily related. […]

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8 Questions With … Michelle Forbes

1. You’re at a magazine rack and can pick three magazines. What are they? Michelle Forbes: Dwell, The New Yorker and Harper’s. 2. If your TV only carried three shows, which three would you want? Mad Men, 30 Rock and Bored to Death. 3. What has been your strangest fan encounter? Somebody just started crying and I ended up, like, nursing them back to reality. It was the fanaticism around True Blood, so I’m sure that compared to what my fellow castmates get, it was nothing. 4. What’s your favorite website? Well, I have to say, it’s a cliché, but […]

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Jamie Durie brings “Outdoor Room” to HGTV

Some people look at pictures in magazines to get inspiration for their backyard redesigns. Jamie Durie goes a bit farther. Literally. For each episode of HGTV’s The Outdoor Room With Jamie Durie, the renowned landscaper and horticulturist travels the world to bring back ideas best suited for his client’s desires — whether it be a New Mexico-inspired party patio or a Japanese-flavored relaxation oasis — then enlists his crack crew of professionals to finish in just a matter of days gardens that normally would take a month. Other locales his show has visited include Italy, Puerto Rico, Miami, Key West, […]

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Donald Schultz in Wild Recon on Animal Planet

Donald Schultz has a job some would envy — traveling to remote locales like Tanzania, Jordan and Fiji to hunt down poisonous spiders and snakes and collect their venom for scientists conducting lifesaving research. While he’s on assignments, he also gets a chance to rescue an occasional critter. The result of his work is the series Wild Recon, airing Tuesdays beginning Jan. 5 on Animal Planet (HD). I caught up with Schultz when he was — briefly — visiting Los Angeles before taking off again for another exotic locale. I just saw a highlight reel for “Wild Recon,” and my […]

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Martin Strel’s Endurance Swim Down The Amazon

When most people think of record-breaking swimmers, they likely form an image of someone like the lean, long-limbed Michael Phelps. But in endurance swimming, Phelps could never come close to the records set by the eccentric, overweight, over-50, hard-drinking Slovenian Martin Strel. His feats have included swimming the lengths of the Mississippi, the Danube, the Yangtze and the Amazon — months-long undertakings each of them — to draw attention to endangered waterways. The feature-length documentary Big River Man, premiering Jan. 9 on Planet Green (HD), looks at Strel the man and chronicles his most demanding swim — a 3,200-mile, 66-day […]