Crime-Romance Banshee Wraps Up Season Two
Cinemax's first purely original mainstream series (Strike Back and Hunted are British coproductions), Banshee (Friday, 10pm) is
intended as the new face of the channel - nicknamed "Skinemax" for its
previous reliance on soft-core erotica.
"Our aim in our rebranding,"
programming president Kary Antholis
admits, "is to find producers, writers and directors who [can create]
pulp with sophisticated narratives - what Tarantino, Cronenberg and the
Coen brothers are doing with movies."
So when executive producer Alan Ball (True Blood) brought Banshee to the network, Antholis grabbed it.