Cinemax renews Alan Ball’s ‘Banshee’ for second season

By Daniel S Levine,

Banshee, the latest show from True Blood creator Alan Ball, has been picked up for a second season, just weeks after premiering.

HBO’s Cinemax, which airs the show, said in a press release posted at TVByTheNumbers that the second season should air in 2014. The show earned critical praise, with the Wall Street Journal calling it “enticing” and “indisputably satisfying,” the network said.

According to Deadline, the show premiered on Friday, Jan. 11 and drew 483,000 viewers for its debut airing. The premiere drew a total of 965,000 viewers over three airings.

Banshee originated at HBO, before heading to its sister station Cinemax. The network also renewed Strike Back for a second season.

Banshee stars Antony Starr, who plays an ex-con who becomes the sheriff of Banshee, Pennsylvania, but continues his criminal activities. Gangsters from his past come to haunt him, though.

Ball co-executive produces the series with writers Jonathan Tropper and David Schickler, along with Peter Macdissi and Greg Yaitanes. Three new writers will join the show next season - John Romano (Monk), Evan Dunsky (Two and a Half Men) and Doug Jung (Big Love).

New episodes of Banshee premiere on Fridays at 11 p.m. The first season includes 10 episodes.



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