For some reason, probably because it's been the butt of so many jokes, every time Cinemax is mentioned, cheesy soft core pornography always comes to mind. Oddly enough, that narrow minded description makes it sound like the perfect destination for anything from Alan Ball. What is True Blood if not the idealization of the Cinemax perception? You know, with vampires. And now the man behind the successful supernatural soap opera is bringing his newest project called Banshee to the, uh, misunderstood network.

Deadline reports that Cinemax has put in a 10 episode order for Ball's Banshee. The show was originally being developed at HBO before moving to Cinemax and put on the fast track after Ball assembled a team of writers last summer, including authors Jonathan Tropper and David Schickler. The showrunner and network have also brought in Emmy Award winning director Greg Yaitanes to helm the pilot which is scheduled to shoot sometime this spring for a 2013 premiere. The show is about an ex-convict, still running from the dangerous figures of his past, who becomes the town of Banshee's sheriff in order to hide out as well as continue his criminal activities without repercussions. Sounds like Justified with a History of Violence.

As you can see from this description, most of what airs on Cinemax (HBO's sister network) is not the kind of silly, soft-core films mentioned above. The network has been hard at work developing original series, including the successful Strike Back which is entering its second season as well as the upcoming series Nemesis and a small screen adaptation of The Transporter franchise. It seems like the network is keen on developing a slate of sexy, action-thrillers and, by the sounds of it, Alan Ball's Banshee should fit in nicely. Nothing will likely ever compare to his work on American Beauty and Six Feet Under but I'm still excited to see who they will cast as the duplicitous lead. It sounds perfect for Josh Holloway. What do you think? Any suggestions?

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