LOS ANGELES (AP) _ There's a little warrior prince or princess on the way for ``Xena'' star Lucy Lawless.

The 31-year-old actress and husband Rob Tapert, the show's executive producer, announced Monday they're expecting their first child this fall.

Production of ``Xena: Warrior Princess'' will continue and will accommodate the pregnancy of Miss Lawless for all episodes of the new season, publicist Leah Krantzler said. The new season begins shooting April 19 in New Zealand.

``The baby is due in October during the series' longest annual hiatus,'' the spokeswoman said.

Miss Lawless, who plays the tough-talking, leather-clad lead on the syndicated TV show, married Tapert, 44, in March 1998.

It was Tapert's first marriage and the second for Miss Lawless, who has a 10-year-old daughter from her first marriage.