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Rome Makes History

rome.jpgAbout three weeks ago, millions began to freak out at the thought of filling that Sunday night void. But with "Six Feet Under" barely cold, HBO is ready to make its mark with the new series "Rome."

Will "Rome" be able to conquer an audience? HBO is banking on it -- CNN and others have reported that the show's budget topped around a cool $100 million. That's a lot of chariots and fake blood for a 12-week series, so it will be interesting to see if the show can spark some buzz in the network's not-so-noisy lineup (aside from TV Fodder favorite "Entourage").

Don't be too thrown off by the preview peeks on AOL and Yahoo! TV. The buzz is that this show makes "Gladiator" look about as grueling as a night at Medieval Times. Expect plenty of violence and nudity -- which is pretty much the main reason many of us have HBO in the first place. Although I'm not 100 percent sold on the concept, I have to commend the producers for steering the show in a unique direction. A chance to see historic events through the eyes of two regular joes is sort of intriguing, not to mention a nice change of cinematic scenery.

The drama stars Ray Stevenson ("King Arthur"), Kevin McKidd ("De-Lovely") and Ciaran Hinds ("Road to Perdition").

HBO has a lot riding on this one. But who knows? When in "Rome," you might just get sucked in. The drama debuts this Sunday at 9:00 p.m. (EST) on HBO. -- Rachel Cericola

Posted by Rachel Cericola on August 25, 2005 11:37 PM
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