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There have been numerous TV projects getting reboots and revivals over the last several years and a lot of them have worked because fans have felt nostalgia for the shows and the characters on those shows. However, one drama is making an interesting comeback, as it really hasn't been off of the air for all that long. Reports this week indicate that the Cinemax and Sky production Strike Back will be returning to film a new season in 2017.
Strike Back's return is rather a big deal, as the news is only coming a short time after the original series ended midway through 2015. While the return of Strike Back will be considered to be the sixth season of the series, it's really more of a reboot of the franchise, as it won't be exactly the same when it returns. Instead of Sullivan Stapleton and Philip Winchester signing on as the leads, Alin Sumarwata, Daniel MacPherson, Roxanne McKee and Warren Brown will star in the upcoming sixth season of the series, which had a small but avid fanbase during its last run in the U.S.
Alin Sumarwata will play a very direct character who is into technology named Gracie Novin. McKee will be the profiler on the new team, Natalie Roberts. MacPherson will play Samuel Wyatt, a dude who has major trouble working as part of a team and Brown will play Mac Macallister, a man who "lost" his former team and is driven by a desire to make things right again.
The premise of Season 6 will follow an ISIS-based storyline, which will pick up when the Section program is brought back to life and a new crew begins working. Deadline says that the show is going to be less "buddy cop" and more about a large and high octane ensemble cast. A conspiracy will also be a part of the upcoming episodes, as the new cast deals with new intelligence cases and issues in the Middle East and in European countries. What's clear is that the new show is going to try for a different vibe than what fans expected in seasons past.
This won't be the first time the show has kind-of rebooted. Season 1 starred Richard Armitage and Andrew Lincoln, and then when Cinemax decided to collaborate with Sky during Season 2, the more well-known cast took over. (Not that it was a bad deal for Lincoln, who went on to star in The Walking Dead, nor was it bad for Armitage, who starred in The Hobbit movies.)
Jack Lothian is set to write the new version of Strike Back, he will also be the showrunner and will executive produce on the new project. Other producers include Sharon Hughff, Michael J. Bassett, Andy Harries and Bill Shephard.
Clearly, we don't know exactly when Strike Back will return to the schedule, but if the show films early enough in 2017, we could theoretically see it before the end of the year. If not, it will be back sooner rather than later. You can check out what else is coming up with our midseason TV premiere schedule.