Some really sad news for fans of Starz hit series 'Spartacus.' The premium cable channel has put out a statement concerning Andy Whitfield's continued cancer treatment. Whitfield was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma back when the show was completing its first season. Prior to this statement, the news on Whitfield's health had been more optimistic. Unfortunately, as so many of us know, cancer is not an easy battle to fight.
Earlier this year, Michael C. Hall (Showtime's 'Dexter') battled through Hodgkin's lymphoma. He underwent treatment during his hiaturs and Season 5 will be airing as planned this fall. And actress Maura Tierney was forced to drop out of NBC's 'Parenthood" due to her treatment for Breast Cancer. Having finished treatment, she is now set to star in the new ABC series 'The Whole Truth' this fall.
Season Two of 'Spartacus' had been scheduled to return in fall of 2011. Originally, Starz had picked up a second season before the first episode of season one even aired hoping to have a short hiatus. There will be a prequel series, 'Spartacus: Gods of the Arena,' this Janary that will focus on Batiatus (John Hannah) and Lucretia (Lucy Lawless) before the couple led the gladiatorial school in Capua.