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‘Banshee’ Screams Past Cinemax Record

By | Monday March 17, 2014 @ 1:36pm PDT

banshee__130129181328-1__131017173142Cinemax‘s action drama just keeps building steam. Last night’s Season 2 finale of Banshee beat the premium channel’s viewership record by 24%. The 10 PM airing drew am audience of 733,000, zipping past the record of 591,000 set by the February 7 episode of the series. Adding in the 11 PM replay, Banshee scored 968,000 viewers, also a network high. Last year’s season finale pulled in 455,000 viewers, a then-record for a season ender. Antony Starr plays an ex-con and master thief who assumes the identity of the sheriff of Banshee, PA, where he continues his criminal activities, even as he’s being hunted by the shadowy gangsters he betrayed years earlier. Ivana Milicevic also stars. Banshee , from executive producers Alan Ball, Jonathan Tropper, David Schickler, Peter Macdissi and Greg Yaitanes, was renewed in January for a third season.

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Cinemax’s ‘Banshee’ Renewed For Third Season

By | Thursday January 30, 2014 @ 8:33am PST
Nellie Andreeva

BansheeAlan Ball’s True Blood may be coming to an end, but his Cinemax‘s series Banshee is only gaining momentum. The action series, now in its second season, just snagged another early renewal for a third season to air next year. It comes after three episodes, with Episode 4 slated for tomorrow night. Executive produced by Ball, Jonathan Tropper, David Schickler, Peter Macdissi and Greg Yaitanes, Banshee stars Antony Starr as Lucas Hood, an ex-con and master thief who tracks down Carrie Hopewell (Ivana Milicevic), his former lover and partner in crime, who has reinvented herself as the wife of the Banshee, PA prosecutor. In Banshee, Hood assumes the identity of the town’s sheriff and continues his criminal activities, even as he’s hunted by the shadowy gangsters he betrayed years earlier. Cinemax’s other original action series, Strike Back, was recently renewed for a fourth and final season.

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Cinemax Sets ‘Banshee’ Second Season Premiere For January 10

By | Thursday October 17, 2013 @ 10:00am PDT

Banshee‘s 10-episode second season will get underway on Friday, January 10 at 10 PM, Cinemax said today. Antony Starr (Rush) returns as Lucas Hood, an ex-con and master thief who assumes the identity of the sheriff of Banshee, PA, where he continues his criminal activities, even as he’s being hunted by the shadowy gangsters he betrayed years earlier. Banshee was renewed just three weeks into its freshman season. Its Season 1 finale drew 455,000 viewers during its initial airing and 655,000 during repeats – the largest audience ever for a Cinemax original series finale. Cast regulars Ivana Milicevic, Ulrich Thomsen, Frankie Faison, Rus Blackwell, Rus Blackwell, Ryann Shane, Ben Cross and Anthony Ruivivar will all be back for Season 2. The series which nabbed a Special Visual Effects Emmy, is executive produced by Alan Ball, Peter Macdissi, Jonathan Tropper, David Schickler and Greg Yaitanes. Jonathan Tropper, David Schickler, Evan Dunsky, John Romano and Doug Jung penned the scripts. Directors this season include Greg Yaitanes, Ole Christian Madsen, Babak Najafi, and Loni Peristere.

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Cinemax’s ‘Banshee’ Wraps Solid First Season

By | Monday March 18, 2013 @ 12:38pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

BansheeAs all eyes are on the ratings for last night’s Season 2 finale of HBO’s Girls (expected any minute now), the season-finale numbers for Banshee, which airs on HBO sibling Cinemax, also came out today. While not as noisy as Girls and other cable series, the freshman drama executive produced by Alan Ball, which was already renewed for a second season, had a solid freshman run. Its season finale Friday drew 455,000 viewers at 10 PM and 655,000 viewers for the two plays on the night. That is the largest audience yet for a Cinemax original series finale and third-highest for Banshee. Even before the finale, Banshee (average of 433,000 viewers in Live+Same Day/727,000 in Live+7) already outranked the two seasons of Cinemax’s Strike Back (303,000/512,000 for Season 2, 290,000/441,000 for Season 1).

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Cinemax Renews ‘Banshee’ For Season 2

By | Tuesday January 29, 2013 @ 10:03am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Cinemax has renewed Banshee for a second season three weeks into the action series’ freshman run. The second season of the drama, executive produced by Alan Ball, Jonathan Tropper, David Schickler, Peter Macdissi and Greg Yaitanes, will air in 2014. In its January 11 premiere, Banshee drew a respectable 483,000 viewers at 10 PM and 965,000 over three airings. This is the first truly homegrown Cinemax series, having started as a project in development at sibling HBO. It joins Strike Back as the second Cinemax series to score a second-season renewal. Read More »

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Cinemax’s ‘Banshee’ To Premiere Jan. 11

By | Thursday December 20, 2012 @ 11:25am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Cinemax‘s new drama series Banshee, executive produced by Alan Ball, will debut on Friday, January 11 at 10 PM. The action series starring Antony Starr as an ex-con and master thief who assumes the identity of the sheriff of Banshee, Pa., where he continues his criminal activities, was originally developed at HBO before migrating to sister network Cinemax. Jonathan Tropper, David Schickler, Peter Macdissi, Ball and director Greg Yaitanes executive produce the 10-episode series, which co-stars Ivana Milicevic, Ulrich Thomsen, Frankie Faison, Hoon Lee, Rus Blackwell and Matt Servitto.

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Ivana Milicevic To Star In ‘Banshee’, Derek Richardson Joins ‘Anger Management’

By | Wednesday March 14, 2012 @ 12:15pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Ivana Milicevic has been cast as the female lead opposite Antony Starr in Banshee, Cinemax’s upcoming action drama series executive produced by Alan Ball and exec produced/directed by Greg Yaitanes. The 10-episode series, written by authors Jonathan Tropper and David Schickler, centers on Lucas Hood (Starr), an ex-convict and master thief who assumes the identity of the sheriff of Banshee, PA, where he continues his criminal activities even as he’s being hunted by the shadowy gangsters he had betrayed years earlier. Milicevic will play Carrie Hopewell, once a notorious jewel thief who now lives in Banshee under an assumed identity, with a husband and children who know nothing of her criminal past. Also cast in the series is Hoon Lee as a dangerous transvestite computer hacker who assists Lucas in his criminal enterprises.

Derek Richardson (Men In Trees) has joined Charlie Sheen’s upcoming comedy series Anger Management as a regular. On the show, which has received an initial 10-episode order from FX, Sheen stars as Charlie, a non-traditional therapist specializing in anger management. Richardson, repped by ICM and Anonymous, will play a patient in Charlie Sheen’s therapy group whose anger issue is that he has no anger. On the series, written/executive produced by Bruce Helford, Richardson joins Sheen, Selma Blair, Shawnee Smith, Daniela Bobadilla, Michael Arden, and Noureen DeWulf. The series reunites Richardson with FX where he recently guest starred … Read More »

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Trio Cast In Cinemax Series ‘Banshee’

By | Friday March 2, 2012 @ 5:00am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Banshee, Cinemax’s upcoming action drama series executive produced by Alan Ball, has cast its first 3 regulars: Matt Servitto (Harry’s Law), Trieste Dunn and Daniel Ross Owens. The 10-episode series, written by authors Jonathan Tropper and David Schickler, centers on an ex-convict and master thief who assumes the identity of the sheriff of Banshee, PA, where he continues his criminal activities even as he’s being hunted by the shadowy gangsters he had betrayed years earlier. Servitto will play Brock Lotus, the longest-serving deputy in the Banshee sheriff’s department. Dunn will play Siobhan Kelly, a spitfire female deputy in the sheriff’s department. Owens will play Mayor Dan Kendall, the young, idealistic mayor of Banshee. Greg Yaitanes (House) is directing the first episode of the series, which starts shooting this spring on location in and around Charlotte, North Carolina for a 2013 premiere. Ball, Tropper, Schickler, Yaitanes and Peter Macdissi are executive producing. Ball will be juggling production of both Banshee and his HBO vampire drama True Blood. Earlier this week, HBO confirmed that Ball will step down as showrunner of True Blood after the upcoming fifth season.

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Alan Ball’s Drama ‘Banshee’ Gets Series Order At Cinemax, Greg Yaitanes To Direct

By | Wednesday January 25, 2012 @ 8:54am PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Alan Ball, creator/executive producer of HBO’s hit vampire drama series True Blood, is getting another series, this time on HBO’s sister network Cinemax. Cinemax has given a 10-episode order to Banshee, an action drama executive produced by Ball and written by authors Jonathan Tropper (This Is Where I Leave You), and David Schickler (Kissing in Manhattan). Emmy-winning director Greg Yaitanes (House) has come on board to helm the first episode of the series, which centers around an ex-convict and master thief who assumes the identity of the sheriff of Banshee, PA, where he continues his criminal activities even as he’s being hunted by the shadowy gangsters he had betrayed years earlier. Yaitanes will also serve as an executive producer on the series alongside Ball, Tropper, Schickler and Peter Macdissi.

Banshee, which had been described as Walking Tall meets History of Violence, landed at Cinemax via HBO where the project was originally developed. It was put on a fast track last summer when Ball began assembling a writing staff. The actioner will start shooting this spring on location in and around Charlotte, North Carolina for a 2013 premiere. Bell will juggle production on both Banshee and True Blood, which is now filming Season 5. At Cinemax, Banshee joins a growing slate of original action drama series, including Strike Back, … Read More »

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