It looks like Sam Raimi et al. are going to do for Roman history what they did for world mythology. (I was going to write “Greek mythology” but Xena & Herc. roamed around a lot in later seasons–and for that matter, she passed directly from the Trojan War to the First Triumvirate early in her career, so they’ve had a few stabs at Roman history already.)
I guess I should be panicking, but I actually thought Xena was kind of amusing. (Raimi’s Herc not so much: the main character was taken too seriously.) So the new Spartacus might be worth checking out–probably more fun than the USA version of a few years ago which was (like lots of USA’s classical offerings from that period) earnest, dull and inept.
The one bad sign is some generational hubris. They say they’re going to “have a little more depth to it than the 1960s film.” More depth than the film that brought us the “Love Theme from Spartacus”? Doubtful.