Banshee, the Cinemax original series has received an order for a third season of the cable crime drama, the network announced today. The Jonathan Tropper and David Schickler-created series recently premiered its second season to increasingly good reviews and ratings, making it a no-brainer for the network thatís focusing seriously on its original programming game.
For those of us planning to attend Comic-Con next week, right now is sort of the calm before the story. The schedule has been posted, and for the most part, we know what we're facing. We can spend days mapping out our plan of attack in the hopes of getting into every panel we want to attend, and then cross our fingers that things will work out.
Banshee is by no means Alan Ball's singular vision, the series was created by newcomers Jonathan Tropper and David Schickler, but the pilot does carry a stamp undeniably similar to shows that also bear the Executive Producer's name. Ball is famous for exploring the darker side of the American psyche with a large helping of humor, sex and violence and Banshee's pilot follows suit.
With 2013 right around the corner, it's time to start looking ahead at the winter TV season. We've begun gathering the return and season/series premiere dates for many of the network and cable TV shows, including Community, Smash, Touch and some of the new shows (The Following, Do No Harm and Banshee).
Set to arrive early next year is Banshee, the new drama that lured True Blood's Alan Ball away from the vampire series on HBO and over to its sister station, premium cable channel Cinemax. We saw a teaser for the series last summer, and now we have a full trailer to look out in anticipation of the show's January premiere.
Cinemax has already begun to offer original programming, with Strike Back airing on the premium cable channel, and series like Transporter: The Series and Banshee lined up. While I've heard good things about Strike Back, Alan Ball's Banshee may end up being the series that lures in new subscribers. The words "From the creator of True Blood and Six Feet Under" should be enough to grab anyone's attention.
Once Upon A Time actress Anastasia Griffith is headed to Cinemax, where she will play a far less royal role. The actress has nabbed a gig in Banshee, Alan Ballís first project post True Blood that will follow an ex-convict who takes over as a sheriff in a small Pennsylvania town. The new sheriff has left behind an entire mob that he ripped off, and plans to continue his criminal activities while acting like an upstanding citizen. Heíll have some help on the show from Griffith, at least in the mental department.
Banshee tells the story of an ex-convict and thief who takes over the identity of a sheriff in Banshee, PA. Naturally, he uses his newfound legitimacy to keep breaking the law on the side, as well as hoping the mobsters he ripped off before coming to the town never find him.
Former Bond henchman Ulrich Thomsen has signed on for a role in the Cinemax seriesBanshee, joining Ivana Milicevic and Antony Starr who have already been cast in the drama. The project hails from True Blood creator Alan Ball and has a ten-episode order from Cinemax, which has been putting a lot of emphasis on original programming lately.
Cinemax sounds like the perfect destination for anything from Alan Ball. What is True Blood if not the realization of the common Cinemax soft-core porn perception? And now the man behind the successful supernatural soap opera is bringing his newest project called Banshee to HBO's sister network.
The Amish Country setting could be cool, if only for the extremely distant possibility that Seth Green's character from Sex Drive might show up. The "darkly comic" part is no surprise, but the martial-artist ex-con posing as a dead sheriff kind of sounds like a Danny McBride character. Not that that's necessarily a bad thing. I'm not quite sure how the impersonating the dead sheriff thing will work, though. I guess everybody in Amish Country is really unobservant maybe?