TVLine Items: Starz Pays Tribute to Spartacus' Andy Whitfield, MIOBI Star to Ringer and More

Starz has announced plans to pay tribute to Spartacus: Blood and Sand star Andy Whitfield, who died last Sunday at age 37 of non-Hodgkin Lymphoma.

The network will showcase five of the late actor’s standout episodes from the series this October, including both the premiere and finale. The mini-marathon begins at 9/8c on Sunday, Oct. 2.

Additionally, Starz is set to re-air the entire season of Spartacus: Blood and Sand on December 16, 2011.

In more of today’s TV news:

Make It or Break It actress Nicole Gale Anderson is set to appear in the Nov. 1 episode of The CW’s Ringer, and only TVLine has exclusive details on the role. The actress will play Monica, an uppity, upper-east side friend of Siobhan’s step-daughter Juliet who gets into trouble at a party. If you missed Ringer the first time around, the pilot reairs on The CW this Friday at 8/7c and again on Monday, Sept. 19 at 9/8c before resuming its regular schedule on Tuesdays at 9/8c.

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• True Blood‘s Carrie Preston will reprise her role on CBS’ The Good Wife this fall as Elsbeth Tascioni, a member of Peter’s legal team last seen in Season 1, per The Hollywood Reporter.

• Fred Savage is set to direct and guest star (as himself!) in an episode of the second season of ABC’s Happy Endings, per

• Sara Rue (Less Than Perfect) will play a quirky new neighbor of Timothy Omundson’s Lassiter on the upcoming season of USA Network’s Psych (premiering Oct. 12), reports. Lou Gossett Jr. (Stargate SG-1) appears in the same episode, which finds the detective moving into a seemingly cursed new condo.

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Snoop Dogg is currently shopping around a multi-camera family sitcom in which the rapper-actor would star as the father, Deadline reports.

Unsupervised, an animated comedy from the writing team behind It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (Rob Rosell, Scott Marder, and David Hornsby) has received a 13-episode order from FX, set to bow in January.

Gossip Girl Boss Previews Blair and Her Men, Serena’s New Life, and Exploiting the UES

• Warner Bros. has teamed with Romeo & Juliet Couture to create a Gossip Girl-inspired clothing line, set to launch this fall. The pseudo-Upper East Side wardrobe is timed to The CW series’ fifth season premiere, airing Monday, September 26, at 8 pm.

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  1. Poppy says:

    RIP Andy – For some reason that I can’t explain, I am especially upset about Andy’s death, more so than any other star of late. Thanks Starz for letting us see him again, but this time my eyes will be drinking him in like water.

    • bhm1304 says:

      Seeing such a promising young life and flourishing career cut short because of cancer has me taking this harder than most as well. Well said Poppy.

  2. shaun says:

    For those who don’t know the name Nicole Gale Anderson….she’s Kelly Parker on MIOBI.

  3. pria says:

    It’s truly sad.

  4. skata says:

    wow they’re selling his death (like they did with Michael Jackson) and not even offering the profits to his family. That’s a disgraceful act characterized as “tribute”. So sad…

  5. i can’t believe that Andy is dead (R.I.P) i was sow looking forward for the next season of Spartacus. I will miss him.

    • Alex says:

      Starz went ahead a replaced him with another actor (a long time before he died). I think they have most of the new season shot too, they showed a promo during Comic-Con.

  6. jennrae says:

    I thought he was 39.

  7. he seemed like a very good person and acting and liked very much how he did spartacus.I am so sorry about your death and he always will be alive in our hearts.