Friday Bloody Friday! We Preview SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE with Executive Producer Steven DeKnight

It is good to be king, and it is even better to be a writer/executive producer of a hit television series.  For Steven DeKnight, life does not get any better than being “king” of Starz’s drama series SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE.   Taking time to chat with press in a recent conference call, Steven talked about what this next season holds in store and which characters may or may not make it through the season.
I want to congratulate you for hiring Liam on as SPARTACUS because I feel like he captures the essence of what Andy started but makes it his own.
STEVEN: Thank you, yes. That’s really what drew us to Liam is that we didn’t want to try to duplicate Andy. I mean, that will never happen. He was such a singular, amazing talent. But we wanted to find somebody that had the same base qualities of compassion. And I told all the actors when they auditioned that even though SPARTACUS may fly into a rage now and then, he never comes from a place of anger, it’s always from a place of a wounded heart — and we really felt like Liam captured that essence.
One of the things about your show is that no character is safe at any time.  How do you go about deciding which of the characters should go and when — and is there any character that you wish you still had for this upcoming season?
STEVEN:  There’s always a question of — well, on this show characters literally get the ax. I think really ultimately, for me, it comes from the story — how is the story best served by a character death. I don’t ever want somebody to just die. It needs to have ramifications either emotionally or towards the plot. So that’s always the number one driving force on who do I kill. And do I miss people? I don’t regret killing anyone, but of course John Hannah, number one. His presence was just so fantastic on the show and he was such a joy to work with and write for. He’s definitely had to go, but that was a painful one.
In the second episode of the season there is an Oenomaus origin story. Can we expect that to be a similar format for some of the other characters later in the season?
STEVEN: No. Oenomaus was kind of a special case because this is something that we hinted at in Season 1 and we hint at even more strongly in “Gods of the Arena” with his relationship with Titus Batiatus. So we always wanted to explore that in a one episode quasi-flashback kind of way. Something like that might happen in future seasons, but that’s the only time it happens.
I’m really curious to find out how Gannicus ends up coming back into the picture this season.
STEVEN: Why that would be giving away too much. I can tell you that he comes back in a very unexpected way. It’s not what you would think. And one of the things I love about the show and one of the things I wanted to do from the start is that our band of heroes are seldom — they’re not Robin Hood and the merry men. They have a lot of problems internally. It’s very historical since they kept breaking apart and different groups would split away from Spartacus. So I can say when Gannicus comes back it’s not a happy reunion. There’s definitely a lot of problems that come with him.
Beyond the vengeance, which of course is the primary thing, what kind of a journey is Spartacus and the other characters on this season?
STEVEN: Well with Spartacus this was always planned to be the season where he goes from a man really searching for his personal redemption in the death of his wife and his feelings of responsibility for that.  That’s why he wants to exact the vengeance, and transitioning him into a true leader. And it’s a very, very bumpy ride for him to go from someone that we see in Season 1, who he’s a good man.  But he is much more concerned about himself and his wife. Everybody else is secondary. And this is where he starts to move into caring more about the group and putting their needs above his own eventually. And everybody else, of course, I love to take to people on journeys. Crixus definitely goes on a journey.  Even characters like Agron, which was one of the two brothers in Season 1 that we didn’t get to know that well, has a major story.  Everybody grows up this season.
Have you had any criticisms of the show and have or would you adjust anything based on negative feedback?
STEVEN: Yes, of course. I mean, I think the show just welcomes criticism. Especially when we first started out, if everybody remembers back that far — this show was universally hated. We got off to a rocky start. Rob Tapert, my incredible producing partner, and I always say that that first episode was by far our weakest one where we were trying to figure out the show and it took a while to get going. So we took a lot of criticism for too much sex, too much violence.  Everybody hated the language, not the cursing but the actual language of the show. It just took a while for everybody to warm up to it. So early on, I got a lot of criticism about how people speak, which I steadfastly refused to change. One of the other things that I’m still to this day getting comments about is, and I put this in air quotes, ‘all the gay shit in my show.’ And people asking me to tone it down, which I always say, ‘no.’ I mean, as far as I’m concerned it’s barely in there to start with. And it was part and parcel of this world, and it’s part and parcel of our world now. So I ignore that. If people want to stop watching the show because two guys kiss, well, I shrug my shoulders. That that will always be in there. And every now and then somebody will say something about, ‘oh it’s too violent, oh there’s too much sex,’ but that’s the show it is. So basically I guess my answer is sure we get criticism, but thankfully STARZ is very supportive and we get to tell the story we want to tell.
Prior to coming back for another season, professional athletes have to attend training camp to get in shape. Is there something similar that the actors must go through to appear on SPARTACUS?
STEVEN:  Yes. We have a boot camp every year that it’s for new people coming in and our returning cast to bone-up on their fighting skills and to help them get back into tip-top shape. I think we’re one of the few shows that the men have it rougher than the women because the men are often practically naked all the time with just a little bit of strategic covering. So they have to watch what they eat and train like crazy for the entire shoot of the show, which is incredibly difficult. But I think the evidence is up on the screen that they literally work their asses off.
Which character on the show do you most relate to?
STEVEN:  Well, I’ve always said that for me, my inner voice is Batiatus — strangely his ranting profanity-filled monologues I have all the time. But now that he’s gone, I guess I don’t really have an inner monologue on the show. But, Batiatus was definitely the Steve.
Is there a character that you wish you could squeeze in more, but you just haven’t been able to yet?
STEVEN:  Always.  We have so much story we try to put into each episode that some characters we don’t get to pay enough to. We felt that way Season 1 with Oenomaus. We felt like there was so much going on with Spartacus and his journey and Batiatus that he got a little bit of short shrift. So we wanted to do more with him in “Gods of the Arena” and we wanted to do more with him in this season, which is really nice to do. We have so many characters, it’s a bit of a juggling act because we don’t want to short change anyone. But I’d say Oenomaus was the one that we felt was underutilized at first and we tried to bring him more to the forefront.
How far in advance do you actually know where you’re going with the story?
STEVEN: We’re actually writing the next season as I speak. . .  Luckily I’ve got history as a guidepost, so it’s just basically each season being, ‘okay, well, how far along do we want to be in history?’  So we know the basic tent poles of where we’re going. And the way it works for us is that at the beginning of each season I get together with the writers and we spend two weeks basically laying out the gist of each episode — the big idea and where we’re going with the characters. And then we spend the next 6-7 months writing the episodes.
Writers always say that as they develop a series they pick up things from the actors and incorporate them into the way they kind of deal with the characters.  Were there any changes or different approaches now that you’ve switched from Andy to Liam?
STEVEN:  You know, that’s a good question. Actually, no. We had a discussion before we started writing this season of should we tailor the show for Liam. And my feeling and Rob and STARZ, we all agreed, was that no, what we should do is write Spartacus as Spartacus and Liam will bring what he brings to it and it will be a different take.  But what Spartacus says and what he does will still be consistent with the Spartacus that we know.
How much do you write into the script, such as the action and the sex scenes, and how much do you leave it to the director and the stunt coordinators?
STEVEN:  You know, Al Poppleton is just phenomenal. The thing that he does for us, it would not be SPARTACUS without him. On the page, it depends on what we’re describing. Generally, if it’s a big battle, we’ll give the high points and let them work it out. If it’s a more intimate one-on-one battle, we’ll be more detailed because we’ll want the specific moment. And I always try to build a fight with specific emotional moments in it. And then Al and his team will fill in the detail, expand on it, they’ll suggest things. So it’s kind of 50/50. With the sex scenes, if there’s a specific emotion we’re looking for, we’ll get into a little more detail. Otherwise, we tend to just describe what kind of lovemaking is going on. The words that keep popping up are: tender, gentle, vigorous. Vigorous pops up quite a bit as you can imagine. So that’s usually a little less detailed. And again, we’re more concerned on the writing side with conveying the emotional beats of what’s going on in that situation and we leave the actual technical what’s touching what, who’s kissing where to the director and the actors.
How does working on SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE compare to some of the earlier work that you’ve done on, ANGEL, DOLLHOUSE, and SMALLVILLE? Is it easier or is it more difficult?
STEVEN:  I just got to say, first and foremost, I always credit Joss Whedon for really starting my career. I was working on UNDRESSED when he hired me on to BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER and then I went to ANGEL where he gave me a chance to direct and then I linked up with him again on DOLLHOUSE.  Words can’t describe how much I’ve learned from the man. The biggest difference with this show for me is that all my other work was on broadcast network and this is premium cable. So Al Gough, my old boss from SMALLVILLE who watches this show, I bumped into him and he chuckled and he said when he watched SPARTACUS, he calls it “DeKnight Unleashed.” And that’s exactly how I felt when I got this opportunity — that I didn’t have to deal with Standards and Practices anymore. I didn’t have to water things down. I could go to places, not just sexually, not just with the violence, but good characters could do bad things, which is often very difficult to get the network to sign off on. And bad characters could do good things. So I got to work in a very gray world, which I think is where the most interesting drama is — and it’s also been the hardest thing I’ve ever done. Because I had the bright idea of kind of creating a very different kind of language and the way people speak, which is not natural and it doesn’t come naturally to write it. So it takes a lot longer to write and it’s a bit more of a pain in the ass, but the result I think was very successful in conveying the sense of a different time in history.
Do you consult with historians to help keep the show authentic?
STEVEN:  Yes. I have two fantastic historical consultants, Aaron Irvin and Jeffrey Stevens. We brought them on from the start, and they’re absolutely instrumental. I bring them into the room every now and then.  They get all the outlines, all the scripts. They give us copious notes. And we always say on SPARTACUS that we want to be respectful to history, but our first goal is to be entertaining to the audience. So sometimes we do have to bend historical facts and shift things around. But we always try to be very respectful and they are just two fantastic guys that have really contributed a lot to the show.
If these gladiators are such macho men, why do they shave their bodies?
STEVEN:  Here’s the thing: in ancient Rome, the Romans considered hair to be barbaric. Now they probably would have let the gladiator be barbaric because that was part of the appeal, but for our show there’s also an aesthetic value that we need. We need them to look good. We’ll pick Manu Bennett for example, who plays Crixus. He is just a chiseled man, a very muscular, and if we would have had him very muscular, but furry like a bear, you wouldn’t be able to see that he was very muscular. So it just wouldn’t have the aesthetic value. And in a very interesting side note, actually the Romans themselves because they considered hair to be barbaric, that’s why roman men do not have beards and they actually invented, or I don’t know if they invented it but they certainly used it, waxing. They were completely hairless. They had waxers and pluckers because they considered hair to be such a barbarian trait.
One of the things I really like about the show is, as masculine as it is, the female characters also sort of get equal time to tell their stories.  So I was wondering if you could tell us what Ilithyia, Lucretia, Mira, what their stories will bring in this upcoming season?
STEVEN:  Without giving anything away, Ilithyia and Lucretia, which is two of my favorite characters to write, especially when they’re with each other, they continue their frenemy-dance in a very convoluted, unexpected way. What happens between those two is not what you would think is actually going to happen, especially based on where we left them at the end of Season 1. They are in fine form totally. They really continue that storyline in an amazing kind of way. With Mira, Mira is as we left her in Season 1, she really responded to Spartacus and was falling in love with Spartacus and Spartacus had compassion towards her, but I wouldn’t call it love. Where we move with them, they have moved into a quasi-relationship, but it’s a relationship that’s very bumpy and rocky and may or may not work out in the end.
The action is so great, but have you ever devised a kill or a stunt scene that maybe somebody thought maybe that’s a little bit too much and said, ‘we can’t do it’?
STEVEN:  Actually the end of “Gods of the Arena” we had many, many discussions about that final kill when Gannicus kills Caberus in the arena where he rips his jaw off. And there was a lot of talk of whether or not — not that was it too much — but would it look right, could we do it, was there a more interesting way to do it? And I felt like it was something I hadn’t seen before and our makeup department just did a phenomenal job with that. We screened that in the CAA Theater for a couple of hundred people and when that happened everybody just leapt out of their seats because it was so gruesome and unexpected. But that’s the one for me that really stood out as the one I remember that we had a lot of conversations about.
It seems like Ashur is kind of setting up his next few moves. Could talk a little bit about his motivations as far as vengeance is concerned – will he be more concerned about  getting payback against certain people ahead of pushing himself further up the ranks?
STEVEN:  What I love about Ashur and the way Nick Tarabay really brings him to life is that Ashur is a guy who ultimately doesn’t really think he’s the bad guy.  He’s just a guy trying to navigate the choppy waters of life. And he comes from a place —  and we explored this in Season 1 and in “Gods of the Arena” — of deep insecurity where he feels like he is disrespected and not treated as well as he should be. And those deep seated feelings on insecurity is what really drives him to get to the top. In this season he’s out for vengeance against the rebels because he was being promoted to being in the Ludus with Batiatus, being Batiatus’ right-hand man, he had finally been elevated, and then Spartacus literally topples him off his perch and ruins everything for him. So he’s got an ax to grind there. And he also tries to ingratiate himself back in with the Romans.
You also sort of set it up in “Gods of the Arena” that Ashur would have a bone to pick literally with Crixus. Is that something that we can expect to be addressed?
STEVEN:  Oh yes, he hates Crixus. Absolutely hates Crixus. That’s something we played and set up in Season 1 and referenced.  One of the things that I love about long form television is that we reference that Crixus crippled Ashur in a fight and then we saw that at the end of “Gods of the Arena.” So he has always had it out for Crixus to get his revenge.
One of the things I really like about the show is the way they construct their sentences and the way they talk to each other and I was just wondering where did you decided how they speak? Is it based on any kind of Latin or did you just kind of come up with the way that they talk to each other?
STEVEN:  It’s actually not based on Latin. In fact, in Latin they do use articles. I tend to drop out  “ands” and “thes” in the way they speak. And again, it’s just to give a flavor of antiquity to the language. For me, I studied as a playwright so I was deeply steeped in Shakespeare, which is really my main influence in the dialogue. Not to say that it’s Shakespearean. I call this “Shakespeare extra, extra light.” And I always say the language is a cross between Shakespeare and Robert E. Howard who wrote all the Conan stories. So it’s kind of a mash up between those two. It is absolutely not historically accurate. When people bring that up to me about, ‘well, they didn’t speak this way in Latin,’ I always point out, ‘well, in Shakespearean times they didn’t speak in iambic pentameter.’ But that’s an affectation to give it a style, which is exactly what we wanted to do on this show. About five scripts in after we had done this I realized, ‘holy shit, I’ve got to keep writing this way for the rest of the series,’ which is extremely challenging.
Can you talk about the production treatments and visual effects that go into each episode because it’s such a beautifully filmed and unique series?
STEVEN:  Yes, it’s a massive amount of work. This show — because of the time period we’re using — every single thing on the show we have to make. Everything down to the chairs, the furniture, the jewelry — everything is handmade. So it’s an extremely time consuming process. And even though we shoot everything on green screen, a lot of people have asked me, ‘well, how much of it is green screen?’  Our green screen is basically the background, the backdrops. All of the sets you see, they’re real. We actually we built the Ludus, we built the training square.  The only use of CGI is in the backgrounds with the sky and the landscape beyond our sets. So it takes an amazing amount of work and our team in New Zealand just does an incredible, incredible job. And we shoot everything digitally and then we run it through a post process to get the colors right and to give it that really rich, rich look.
Where is Lucretia’s story leading her now that she doesn’t have a husband anymore and now that she doesn’t have the Ludus or any kind of work to support herself?
STEVEN:  She’s in a bad state. As seen in the trailer, she’s not doing too well when we first find her. Which is not surprising. I mean, she’s very lucky to be alive. And a lot of people have asked, ‘when last we saw her, she got stabbed in the stomach and sure she was twitching at the very end of Season 1, but how is it possible she survived?’ And we do explain how she survived. It’s a few episodes in and then we tell you what happened. For her, she is a shattered woman. And this season is about her putting the pieces of her life back together and trying to move forward. Along with moving forward, much like everyone else this season, she does have some scores to settle. But, for her, she’s going to have to be incredibly crafty and smart about her maneuvering because now she has absolutely no position whatsoever. She’s basically living off the kindness of strangers at this point.
What you have in store for maybe the character of Glaber who is played by Craig Parker?
STEVEN: Glaber, who we only saw in two episodes back in Season 1, he is a major player this season. He’s the big bad of our season. Historically, he’s the next guy that was sent after Spartacus and, we follow that history here, so that he’s going to be Spartacus’ arch nemesis nipping at his heels for the entire season.
The second season had already been written when you decided to make “Gods of Arena.” So did you have to rewrite the second season because of the prequel? And if so, how far did it interfere in this new season?
STEVEN:  We actually were already working on Season 2. We had written the first couple of episodes and we had a layout for the entire season when, unfortunately, we found out that Andy was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.  So we stopped working on that and hatched the plan to do “Gods of the Arena” to give him a chance to recover. We were finishing up “Gods of the Arena” when, unfortunately, we found out that his cancer had returned and he had to permanently step down from the role.  So at that point, after having done “Gods of the Arena,” we went back and we retooled the first several episodes and made adjustments. Also because we had had time off from the season, when we came back we saw some things we wanted to change story-wise. For example, Episode 2 used to be Episode 3. There was a different Episode 2 that once we looked at it, we decided, ‘yes, it’s not really moving the story along’ and we had an entire script for it.  So we threw that script out, took some of the elements, married it with Episode 3 and then moved on from there. But that was really the biggest change that that Episode 2 was a completely different story.
Why SPARTACUS? What made you go into this kind of series?
STEVEN:  Oh, I’ll tell you. The concept was sold to STARZ before I had heard about it. Rob Tapert, Josh Donen, and Sam Raimi sold the idea to STARZ of doing SPARTACUS in a “300” style. Because we are all big fans of Zack Snyder’s work on “300” and how he technically pushed the art of filmmaking and they really wanted to see if they could do that on a television show. So the concept was sold to STARZ and then STARZ was looking for a writer to come in and spearhead the project. I was working on DOLLHOUSE at the time when I got the call from my agent that Sam Raimi and STARZ wanted to do a gladiator series and that’s all I knew. I didn’t know it was SPARTACUS when I went in. I’m a big fan of period piece movies, especially the sword and sandals epics, but I’m the first to admit, history was not my strongpoint and the only thing I knew about Roman history was Stanley Kubrick’s SPARTACUS. So I had a lot of reading and catching up to do when I signed on. But the idea for SPARTACUS was presold before I came on.
Are you already 100% certain that you’ll follow the historical facts or is any chance of changing things and not following the historical facts?
STEVEN:  I will follow the historical facts. Again, entertainment is our Job One on SPARTACUS, so we will have to take characters, take two or three characters, form them into one character, shuffle some events around to make the story work, not only for production reasons, but just for clarity. But we will basically follow historical facts. In reference to how SPARTACUS dies, most people think he was nailed to the cross like we see in Stanley Kubrick’s movie. That’s not actually what happened. And one of the great things about the story of SPARTACUS is that there’s only fragments left in history that gives bits and pieces. And most of those talk about who won this battle, who won that battle, so there’s no emotional detail in it. So we are going to basically follow history, but the audience will still be, I think, surprised by how we wrap up the story. And whenever anybody says to me, ‘well, everybody knows how the story ends, why should they watch?’ I always reply, ‘everybody knew that the Titanic sunk and yet the movie made a billion dollars.’ So people obviously want to be along for the ride, even if they know the eventual outcome. The trick is to keep it exciting all the way up to the end and then make that ending powerful and emotional and I think people will show up.
You’ve mentioned Robert E. Howard as an influence and inspiration for kind of the (pulp gen) of the show. What do you like about writing genre fiction and do you feel some people take the show less seriously because it’s genre?
STEVEN:   Oh, absolutely people take it less seriously. There have been some great, great genre shows on the air that got no love from the Academy:  BATTLESTAR GALACTICA comes to mind, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER comes to mind. . .   we’re kind of the redheaded stepchild. I think one of the most amazing accomplishments of J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof and LOST was winning that Emmy for a genre show. I mean, it’s an incredible accomplishment. What I love about it is that it really opens up the possibilities of what you can do. It’s a little more restrictive on SPARTACUS since despite all of its trappings, it’s not a fantasy show. We can’t bring in magic, there are no monsters everything has to have a real world logic to it. A bigger pulpy logic, but definitely a real world logic to it. It was much easier on BUFFY when we needed to solve a problem and somebody had a mystical doodad that could help us out. That’s always a lot easier. But what I also love about genre is just the way you can really heighten emotions and use the situations as metaphors and just make it as powerful and emotional as possible.
We’ve seen some diverse romantic pairings in seasons past, like Barca and his love and Batiatus, Lucretia, and Gaia. Can you tease us anything we could expect in this season?
STEVEN:  Oh, absolutely. For me, approaching the show and I think the causal viewer and the causal reviewer early on dismissed it as nothing but blood and sex and violence, where for me this has always been a romance. I love a good romance. And all the relationships on the show I want this kind of sweeping “Last of the Mohicans” style romance in it. So this season is no different. There are many romantic plots being played out and subplots. And I think ultimately that’s the heart of the series. Without that it would just be blood and sex and violence.
What do you feel like the evolution of the series has been up to this point? You talked a bit about kind of the rocky start at the beginning of the series and kind of finding a vision for it. What do you feel like that is now?
STEVEN:  Yes, when we first started off this was Rob Tapert and Josh Donen and Sam Raimi and I, this was our first foray into premium cable and suddenly the shackles were off.  I can’t speak for my partners, but I think I stripped down naked and ran a little crazy through the streets in the first couple of episodes before I found the right tone. And if you look at that first episode there were moments that you see the glimmer of what the show will become, but we were trying to really find ourselves in the story, the language, the visual, the directing, the acting, everything was trying to find an equilibrium, which took us a few episodes to get to. Once we found that, we started to really find the right element of the show that each episode needed and we knew we needed a certain amount of action. We knew that emotions really needed to drive the story. It had to be emotionally based, no matter what was going on, no matter what — whether it’s an orgy that’s happening, if there’s an orgy going on, it can’t be about the orgy. It’s got to be about who wants what from who and what’s the maneuvering and what’s the emotional stake. And the same thing with a fight. There’s a when Crixus and Spartacus fight Theokoles in the arena in the middle of Season 2, it couldn’t just be about a fight. What it was really about were these two men trying to find a common ground and come together. So that’s really how it developed is just episode now concentrating on what are the emotional stakes. It’s very easy in a show like this to get lost in all the shiny objects that are around you all the time. And I do consider the sex and the violence are the shiny objects. And just finding a balance between that kind of pulpy entertainment and some true human emotion.
When the season began, we see that Crixus is on the search of Naevia. Is this something that’s going to take place throughout the whole series or will it be resolved early on?
STEVEN:    There will be a resolution. Not exactly early on, but it will resolve itself. I mean, that’s all I can say.
Are there any new characters this season that we’re going to love so that you can kill off like Joss Whedon does?
STEVEN:   There will be some new characters… you know, Joss and I cut from the same cloth. We will kill beloved characters if emotionally it feels right. There will be new characters introduced this season, and true to fashion in SPARTACUS, some will live and some will die horribly.
Your world is beautifully realized both as sets both digital and physical, the costumes, everything works great together. After two seasons does the research and actualization of the world become easier or is challenging your designers an active concern as you develop scripts and locations for the show? And along with that, which of those visual accomplishments are you most proud of?
STEVEN:   Well, it never becomes easy. Much like the writing once we locked down how to do it, it doesn’t become as frustratingly impossible. It’s still difficult, but at least we have a handle on it. And it’s the same thing for the physical aspects of our show. We have just such great people. Iain Aitken and Barbara Darragh, who does our costuming, which is just gorgeous, they put so much effort into it. And when you’re on the set for SPARTACUS, there’s a green screen background and you’re not outside, but when you’re on a set, I’m thinking particularly about Batiatus’ Ludus, you just can’t imagine the detail that is actually into this set. It’s like stepping back in time. It looks so real when you’re actually on it. And it’s the same thing with the costuming. The costuming is just absolutely gorgeous and not 100% is historically accurate. We made that decision early on is that we needed the costuming to have an elegance and a beauty to it, a bit of an enhancement of a more simple Roman style and the visual effects too. From the first episode in Season 1 to the last episode in Season 1, you can really see how we started off we wanted to be very much a graphic novel and we all felt we went a little bit too far in that first episode, it was a little too over the top, so we started to dial-back and refine the visual effects. It’s hard to say what I’m most proud of in these areas. Every time I watch an episode, I just marvel at the sets and the costumes and the lighting, the cinematography, the visual effects. It’s amazing that so many different disciplines have come together to make this such a visually stunning show.
To see the adrenaline-charged premiere of SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE, be sure to tune in on Friday, January 27th at 10PM on Starz (TMN in Canada Starting January 29th at 10PM)

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