TV News: Spartacus, Hemlock, Kavalier, HBO

Spartacus: Vengeance
Starz has revealed a bunch of promotional artwork and new stills, a high-profile new Facebook app, and a clip it out showing off the opening scene from their upcoming second season of the network’s biggest series – the blood and sex-fueled “Spartacus”.

Liam McIntyre takes over from the late Andy Whitfield in the titular role, while various other regulars including Lucy Lawless, Manu Bennett and Dustin Clare returning. The season premiere is set for Friday, January 27th 2012 at 10/9c.

Hemlock Grove
Netflix has given a thirteen episode order for the new Eli Roth-produced horror series “Hemlock Grove,” based on an upcoming Brian McGreevy novel. The series “re-imagines everything it means to be a monster as reflected in the struggle to be human”.

This marks the fourth series the streaming giant is exclusively producing, following on from David Fincher’s “House of Cards,” Jenji Kohan’s “Orange is the New Black” and a brand new season of “Arrested Development”.[Source: Deadline]

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
Stephen Daldry (“Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” “The Reader”) says that rather than a film adaptation, he wants to turn Michael Chabon’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay” into an eight-part HBO mini-series.

‘Clay’ follows two Jewish comic book creators in the 1930s and 1940s as they create the hero The Escapist. A film adaptation of ‘Clay’ has been struggling to get made for close to a decade. [Source: Paste Magazine]

HBO Promos
Speaking of HBO, the network has been pumping out the trailers lately for its various Spring shows. Along with the “Game of Thrones: Season 2” trailer featured the other day, they’ve put out early teasers for two comedy shows – “Veep” and “Girls”.

The former comes from “The Thick of It” & “In the Loop” creator Armando Ianucci and stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus as the vice president. The latter is a team-up of “Tiny Furniture” filmmaker Lena Dunham and comedy giant Judd Apatow with the tone described as an anti-“Sex and the City.”