Michael was a director of eight episodes of Starz' Spartacus series, which aired in
2010-2013. He was also a producer of season 2, and had a cameo in episode 2.09 'Monsters'.
Spartacus was produced by Steven S. DeKnight (Creator, Executive Producer),
Rob Tapert (Executive Producer), Sam Raimi (Executive Producer),
Joshua Donen (Executive Producer), and Chloe Smith (Producer).
Spartacus premiered in the US on Starz on 22 January 2010. Andy Whitfield played the title role.
The 13-episode first season was called Spartacus: Blood and Sand. Michael directed 3 episodes:
1.05: 'Shadow Games' (premiered 5 February 2010; click here for info, more images, etc.)
1.09: 'Whore' (premiered 19 March 2010; click here for info, more images, etc.)
1.12: 'Revelations' (premiered 9 April 2010; click here for info, more images, etc.)
Spartacus: Blood and Sand was very successful, but before filming began on the
second season, star Andy Whitfield was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. To give
him time to undergo treatment, Starz created a prequel featuring other characters.
Spartacus: Gods of the Arena was a six-episode mini-series. Michael directed one episode:
1.03: 'Paterfamilias' (premiered 4 February 2011; click here for info, more images, etc.)
Unfortunately, Andy Whitfield's treatment was not successful and he died in September 2011. After much
consideration, Starz decided to continue the series with Liam McIntyre taking over the role of Spartacus.
Spartacus: Vengeance was ten episodes. Michael was a producer for the season and directed two episodes:
2.01: 'Fugitivus' (premiered 27 January 2012; info and picture page not yet available)
2.06: 'Chosen Path' (premiered 2 March 2012; info and picture page not yet available)
He also had a cameo playing a Roman soldier in one episode:
2.09: 'Monsters' (premiered 23 March 2012; click here for info, more images, etc.)
In June 2012, Starz announced that season 3 would be the final season of Spartacus.
Michael directed two of the 10 episodes of Spartacus: War of the Damned:
3.04: 'Decimation' (premiered 22 February 2013; info and picture page not yet available)
3.09: 'The Dead and the Dying' (premiered 5 April 2013; info and picture page not yet available)
Spartacus ended with great reviews from critics from many publications. In this article,
Huffington Post critic Maureen Ryan talks about the history of the show, her
appreciation of it, and her assessment of its high points; includes an interview with
creator Steven S. DeKnight, and links to many articles and podcasts about the show.