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Tom Lipinski Upped To Regular On Cinemax’s ‘The Knick’; Wendy Crewson Joins Syfy’s ‘Ascension’

By | Monday July 28, 2014 @ 4:50pm PDT

Tom Lipinski Upped To Regular On Cinemax’s ‘The Knick’; Wendy Crewson Joins Syfy’s ‘Ascension’Tom Lipinski (Suits) has been promoted from a recurring character to series regular for the recently announced second season of Cinemax‘s period drama The Knick. Lipinski plays Phillip Showalter, a charming and aristocratic young man whose father is a millionaire rubber king, and who is Cornelia’s suitor. Steven Soderbergh directs and Clive Owens stars in the series set in downtown New York in 1900. It centers on Knickerbocker Hospital and the groundbreaking surgeons, nurses and staff who push the bounds of medicine in a time of astonishingly high mortality rates and zero antibiotics. Lipinski, repped by Gersh and Mike Gasparro at TMT Entertainment, just wrapped features Dial A Prayer and The Early Years. The Knick’s first season debuts on Aug. 8.
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Robert Kirkman’s Exorcism Drama ‘Outcast’ Gets Pilot Green Light At Cinemax

By | Friday July 25, 2014 @ 8:21am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Robert Kirkman’s Exorcism Drama ‘Outcast’ Gets Pilot Green Light At CinemaxOutcast, the exorcism drama project from The Walking Dead executive producer Robert Kirkman, is moving to a pilot stage at Cinemax. Kirkman made the announcement on Twitter from Comic-Con, where he is with the AMC zombie drama which has its always-popular panel presentation in Hall H. In his pilot writing debut, Kirkman penned Outcast on spec for The Walking Dead international partner Fox International Channels, which developed the project Image (2) outcast__140117010613-275x168.jpeg for post 666055internally before taking it out. Cinemax acquired the script last November. Like The Walking Dead, Outcast too is based on a comic by Kirkman, who will serve as executive producer alongside David Alpert of Circle of Confusion, Sue Naegle, Chris Black, and Sharon Tal Yguado of FIC. The project follows Kyle Barnes, a young man who has been plagued by possession since he was a child. Now an adult, he embarks on a journey to find answers, but what he uncovers could mean the end of life on Earth as we know it.

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TCA: Cinemax Picks Up ‘The Knick’ For A Second Season

By | Thursday July 10, 2014 @ 2:51pm PDT

TCA: Cinemax Picks Up ‘The Knick’ For A Second SeasonJust under a month before its debut, The Knick is getting a second 10-episode season by Cinemax, it was announced today at the Summer TV Press Tour 2014. The announcement from Kary Antholis, president of HBO Miniseries and Cinemax Programming just before the start of a panel with EP and director Steven Soderbergh and star Clive Owen discussing the new 10-part series set to debut on August 8. “Understanding that they were reorienting that brand, I kind of wanted to be the big kid at that school,” the Oscar winner said soon afterwards of his desire to be on Cinemax. Owen added of his own initial involvement that “Steven called me up and he had the first script and told me he had a 10-part TV series.” Admitting he was hesitant at first, Owen said that once he started reading the first script, “40 minutes later there was no way I was not going to do it.” Soderbergh also said today that he would be directing all 10 episodes of Season 2 of The Knick as he did Season 1. “Practically speaking it’s a much more efficient way to work,” he noted of both the finances and aesthetic of one director handling a project like The Knick.

Steven Soderbergh Clive OwenThe Knick is Soderbergh’s first project since HBO’s 2013’s Emmy winning Behind The Candelabra - though he has several others on the go including a pilot for Amazon.

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Hot TV Trailer: Cinemax’s ‘The Knick’

By | Tuesday June 17, 2014 @ 10:30am PDT

Hot TV Trailer: Cinemax’s ‘The Knick’Steven Soderbergh directs and Clive Owen stars in Cinemax‘s new 10-part series The Knick, slated to debut August 8. Set in downtown New York in 1900, The Knick centers on Knickerbocker Hospital and the groundbreaking surgeons, nurses and staff who push the bounds of medicine in a time of astonishingly high mortality rates and zero antibiotics. André Holland, Eve Hewson, Juliet Rylance, Jeremy Bobb, Michael Angarano, Chris Sullivan, Cara Seymour, Eric Johnson, David Fierro, Maya Kazan, Grainger Hines, Leon Addison Brown and Matt Frewer round out the ensemble cast. Check out the first trailer.

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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 ‘Strike Back’ To Go On Hiatus After Sullivan Stapleton Off-Set Injury

By | Wednesday February 26, 2014 @ 12:58pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

stapleton1Cinemax‘s first primetime drama series Strike Back had been filming its 10-episode fourth and final season in Bangkok, Thailand when one of its two stars, Sullivan Stapleton, suffered a serious injury while exploring the town in his free time. As a result, filming of the series will take a six-month break so he can recover. Because of Strike Back‘s action nature, the roles of stars Stapleton and Philip Winchester are physically demanding, often involving stunt work, which requires them to be in perfect physical condition that often includes intensive pre-filming training. Cinemax logo 2011bProduction will continue in Thailand through March as scheduled before it takes a break, resuming in the fall in Hungary. In the next few weeks, the series will be filming around Stapleton. He stars in the upcoming 300: Rise Of An Empire, which opens next week, so I hear Stapleton had filmed a lot of his Strike Back scenes in order to accommodate the standard carve-out given to actors on series who have a movie to promote. His injury will likely impact his promotional plans for 300.

Related: Cinemax’s ‘Strike Back’ Renewed For Fourth & Final Season

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Jeff Bewkes Irks Starz With Mistaken Comment About Cinemax Viewing

By | Friday February 7, 2014 @ 3:05pm PST

Does the Time Warner CEO need a refresher in the difference between TV “viewers” and “ratings”? It couldn’t hurt after he mistakenly confused the two in a comment to analysts on Wednesday that Starz challenged. Jeff Bewkes 2Jeff Bewkes wanted to demonstrate that Cinemax — usually overshadowed by HBO — is an “underappreciated asset.” To drive home the point he added: “In 2013, we actually had more viewing at Cinemax than at Starz and basically, the same viewing at Cinemax as at Showtime.” The problem? “He meant ‘ratings,’ not ‘viewership’,” a company spokesman tells me. The error is meaningful: Starz is in more households than Cinemax, and usually handily beats the Time Warner channel in the number of eyeballs it attracts. For example, Starz averaged 232,000 live-plus-same-day viewers last year vs. 158,000 for Cinemax, according to Nielsen data supplied by Starz. Bewkes’ initial “viewership” claim starz“is not substantiated when examined through the lens of all accepted audience measurement standards,” Starz says. Nielsen data show that “Starz bested Cinemax in households and in total viewers P2+ for total day, in prime time, in live-only viewing, and in every live+DVR measure, both for the flagship Starz network and the multiplex channels.” Easy to see why Time Warner prefers to look instead at ratings, the percentage of potential audience that tunes in. The Cinemax-brand channels collectively had a 1.0 total day rating in … Read More »

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Franka Potente, Amaury Nolasco & Elizabeth Rodriguez Cast In Cinemax Pilot ‘Blanco’

By | Tuesday February 4, 2014 @ 2:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

potenterodriguezFranka Potente (The Bourne Identity), Amaury Nolasco (Prison Break) and Elizabeth Rodriguez (Orange Is The New Black) are among a septet of actors who have joined Cinemax‘s drama pilot Blanco, starring Shiloh Fernandez. Written by Mark Rosner and directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, the pilot, from Fox TV Studios and Lakeshore Entertainment, centers on Ruben (Fernandez), an uptown gangster — Cinemaxnicknamed Blanco for being a light-skinned Dominican — who uses his status as a confidential informant to turn the tables on law enforcement and build his criminal empire. Potente will play Leslee, Blanco’s girlfriend; Nolasco is cast as Jesus, Blanco’s brother; and Rodriguez, repped by Stone Manners Salners Agency and Opus Entertainment, will play NYPD Detective Stephanie Gomez. Also cast in the pilot are Sebastian Arcelus (House Of Cards) as Blanco’s lawyer Andy Silver, Audrey Esparza (The Following) as Blanco’s brother’s girlfriend Veronica, Erik LaRay Harvey (Boardwalk Empire) as NYPD Detective Mike LeBeau, and Alex Hernandez (Law & Order: SVU) as Blanco’s associate Nando.

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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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‘Blanco’ Gets Cinemax Pilot Order With Shiloh Fernandez Starring, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo Directing

By | Friday November 22, 2013 @ 1:31pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Cinemax has given a pilot greenlight to Blanco, a drama project which has cast Shiloh Fernandez (Evil Dead) as the lead. Feature director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) will direct the pilot, from Fox TV Studios and Lakeshore Entertainment. Blanco, which had been heating up at Cinemax since the summer, with the producers exploring casting and directing options, was written by Mark Rosner (Blue Bloods). It centers on Ruben (Fernandez), an uptown gangster — nicknamed Blanco for being a light-skinned Dominican — who uses his status as a confidential informant to turn the tables on law enforcement and build his criminal empire. Rosner and Lakeshore’s Gary Lucchesi and Tom Rosenberg are executive producing the pilot with Fresnadillo. Fernandez, repped by WME, Untitled Entertainment and Jackoway Tyerman, got his break on the cult CBS drama Jericho before segueing to features. He recently wrapped Return To Sender, serves as co-writer, producer, and star of the upcoming indie Queen Of Carthage and next will be seen in Gregg Araki’s White Bird In A Blizzard. At Cinemax, Blanco joins fellow drama pilot Quarry. HBO’s sibling network also has 10-part series The Knick coming up, directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring Clive Owen.

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Cinemax’s ‘Strike Back’ Renewed For Fourth & Final Season

By | Monday October 28, 2013 @ 7:13am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Cinemax‘s first primetime drama series Strike Back will come to an end next year. The pay cable network has ordered a 10-episode fourth and final season of the action drama, which will shoot in Asia and Europe and air in 2014. Cinemax/HBO will once again co-produce with partners Left Bank and Sky, which will air the series in the UK. Also returning are Left Bank’s Andy Harries and Sky’s Cameron Roach as executive producers, Michael J. Bassett as co-executive producer, writer and director and James Dormer as co-executive producer and writer, series producer Michael Casey, and head of production Marigo Kehoe. Season 3 of Strike Back, starring Philip Winchester and Sullivan Stapleton, wrapped its run on October 18. It was succeeded by the original British Strike Back series, which is currently airing on Cinemax as Strike Back: Origins. With its successful four-season run, Strike Back put Cinemax on the original programming map and ushered in such follow-up series as recent breakout Banshee.

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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 Developing American/Scandinavian Western Drama

By | Monday October 7, 2013 @ 9:29am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: On the heels of the success of Banshee, Cinemax has put in development another Western-themed drama project, this time with an European setting. Blood & Ice, from Banshee director Ole Christian Madsen (OC Madsen), is an American/Scandinavian Western-inspired action drama about the near-future race to control the vast natural resources hiding in the Arctic. A series of brutal murders shatters the provincial calm of Greenland as Chinese, Americans and Russians start pouring into the region. Blood & Ice was created by Creative Alliance’s Madsen and screenwriter Anders Thomas Jensen, and the story was developed by Christian Muff, Madsen, and Anders Thomas Jensen. Creative Alliance is a co-op of prominent Scandinavian directors and producers, including Danish filmmaker Madsen, whose movies include the 2011 Danish Oscar entry Superclasico. Madsen and Jensen are executive producing Blood & Ice, with Muff as co-executive producer.

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Cinemax To Air Original British Series ‘Strike Back’: Video

By | Thursday September 5, 2013 @ 12:47pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

The British series that spawned the Cinemax action drama Strike Back is getting a U.S. run on the HBO sibling network. Branded Strike Back: Origins, the six-episode series starring Richard Armitage (The Hobbit) and Andrew Lincoln (The Walking Dead) will debut on Cinemax on October 25, taking over Strike Back‘s Friday 10 PM slot. The Cinemax version, a co-production with British satcaster Sky and UK-based Left Bank Pictures, was inspired by the Armitage- and Lincoln-starring Sky/Left Bank series, which in turn was based on Chris Ryan’s book of the same name. The follow-up series introduced a brand new character with Armitage appearing in the first episode for continuity. Strike Back: Origins tells the story of John Porter (Armitage), an SAS soldier who realizes a connection between a current hostage situation and a mission he ran in Iraq in 2003. He appeals to Hugh Collinson (Lincoln), a fellow team member from that mission who now runs the stealth counterterrorism unit Section 20 for the UK government, to allow him to join the rescue mission. Check out the trailer:

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Gangster Drama Heats Up For Potential Pilot Order At Cinemax

By | Thursday August 29, 2013 @ 3:20pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Following the success of its first homegrown drama series Banshee, Cinemax is high on another drama project about a protagonist straddling the worlds of crime and law enforcement. Titled Blanco, the project is formally still in development awaiting a green light, but it already is exploring casting. Written by Mark Rosner (Blue Bloods), Blanco centers on an uptown gangster who uses his status as a confidential informant to turn the tables on law enforcement and build his criminal empire. Fox TV Studios and Lakeshore Entertainment are producing, with Rosner and Lakeshore’s Gary Lucchesi and Tom Rosenberg executive producing.

Related: Cinemax & Frank Spotnitz Developing ‘Hunted’ Spinoff

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Quartet Of Actors Join Clive Owen In Steven Soderbergh’s Cinemax Series ‘The Knick’

By | Monday August 12, 2013 @ 2:08pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Andre Holland (42), Juliet Rylance (Sinister), Eve Hewson (Enough Said) and Michael Angarano (Empire State) are set to co-star opposite Clive Owen in Cinemax‘s 10-part series The Knick, directed by Steven Soderbergh. Oscar winner Soderbergh is set to direct all 10 episodes of the project, written by Jack Amiel and Michael Begler. Set in downtown New York in 1900, The Knick centers on Knickerbocker Hospital and the groundbreaking surgeons, nurses and staff who push the bounds of medicine in a time of astonishingly high mortality rates and zero antibiotics. Holland, repped by Paradigm and Brookside Artist Management, will play Algernon, a gifted, black Harvard-trained surgeon who fights for respect in the hospital while trying to navigate his way through the racially charged turn-of-the-century NYC. Read More »

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Cinemax & Frank Spotnitz Developing ‘Hunted’ Spinoff Starring Melissa George

By | Friday June 21, 2013 @ 3:16pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: HBO/Cinemax and The X Files alum Frank Spotnitz are developing Sam Hunter, a drama starring Melissa George to air on Cinemax. A spinoff of Cinemax’s Hunted, the action series sees George reprising her role as Sam, a gutsy agent in the murky world of private espionage. Now on the run from her former employer, Sam has a price on her head and a young daughter to protect. She must work as a freelance spy to find out who wants her dead — and how it connects to the murder of her own mother. Cinemax is planning to launch Sam Hunter as a four-hour miniseries, which Spotnitz is currently writing. Cinemax has been looking to keep Hunted alive in some form since partner BBC One last November opted not to renew the series for a second season. Read More »

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Cable Pilots ‘The Leftovers’, ‘Quarry’ & ‘The Strain’ Add To Casts

By | Thursday June 20, 2013 @ 12:43pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Newcomer Margaret Qualley has been cast in Damon Lindelof’s HBO drama pilot The Leftovers, directed by Peter Berg. Based on Tom Perrotta’s book, the project takes place after the Rapture happens but not quite like it’s supposed to and centers on chief of police Kevin Garvey (Justin Theroux). Qualley, repped by UTA and Authentic Management, will play his sixteen year-old daughter Jill, a former straight-A student feeling the gradual unwinding of the world around her.

Nikki Amuka-Bird (Luther) has been cast in Cinemax drama pilot Quarry. Based on Max Allan Collins’ novels and directed by John Hillcoat, Quarry is set in the 1970s and centers on Marine sniper Quarry (Logan Marshall-Green) who, upon his return home from Vietnam in 1973, finds himself shunned by those he loves and demonized by the public. Amuka-Bird, repped by Greene & Assoc., NB Management & Hamilton Hodell, will play Ruth, the wife of Quarry’s friend, fellow former Marine Artie. She will be seen next in the Wachowski’s Jupiter Ascending.

Young New York theater actor Jack Kesy has booked a regular role in FX‘s drama pilot The Strain, from Guillermo del Toro and Carlton Cuse. Directed and co-written by del Toro, The Strain tells the story of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll), the … Read More »

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Noah Taylor Cast In Cinemax Pilot ‘Quarry’

By | Wednesday May 29, 2013 @ 7:01am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Game Of Thrones‘ recurring player Noah Taylor has been cast opposite Logan Marshall-Green in Quarry, a drama pilot for HBO sibling Cinemax. Written by Graham Gordy and Michael D. Fuller based on the series of novels by Max Allan Collins, Quarry is set in the 1970s and centers on a Marine sniper (Marshall-Green) who, upon his return home from Vietnam in 1973, finds himself shunned by those he loves and demonized by the public. Taylor will play Buddy, a hitman who helps Quarry learn the ropes. Read More »

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