OnFilm Magazine has an article about Spartacus being shown on New Zealand TV. There are a couple of Rob quotes:
"Earlier this year, Tapert told Onfilm he was surprised none of the NZ free-to-air networks had picked up the series, and not just because it was shot in their backyard.
While the show’s graphic sexual content and violence are “challenging” by US TV standards, “I didn’t think anything we did wouldn’t make it on air after 9.30 in New Zealand …
“I saw Sex and the City and The Sopranos down here relatively uncut in a 9.30 slot. I thought it would be a no-brainer for one of the free-to-air broadcasters down here to have bought it. It caught me a little bit off guard. In Canada it’s been a huge success.
“I think people are waiting to see the pared-down edited version, and once they see that hopefully they’ll vote with their wallets.”