Cinemax has handed an early renewal to their original drama series Banshee. The series will return for a ten episode third season in 2015.
Created by Jonathan Tropper & David Schickler and executive produced by True Blood showrunner Alan Ball, Banshee follows 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 hunted by the shadowy gangsters he betrayed years earlier. The drama series stars Antony Starr (Rush), Ivana Milicevic (Charlie’s Angels), Ulrich Thomsen (The Celebration), Frankie Faison (The Good Wife), Rus Blackwell (Burn Notice), Ryann Shane (Blue Bloods), Ben Cross (Star Trek), Demetrius Grosse (Justified), Trieste Kelly Dunn (Brothers and Sisters), Matt Servitto (The Sopranos), Lili Simmons (Fat Kid Rules the World), Hoon Lee (Premium Rush) and Daniel Ross Owens (Prison Break). Amongst the many cast additions for the show’s second season are Zeljko Ivanek (Damages) as Jim Racine, a chain-smoking, renegade FBI agent who has been tracking Rabbit for 15 years; Tatanka Means (The Host) as Hoyt Rivers, head of security for Alex Longshadow; and Julian Sands (24), as Rabbit’s younger brother, a brilliant, devout and amoral Ukrainian priest who is just as dangerous.
The renewal of Banshee comes after the series has aired only three episodes of its ten episode second season order. The decision to pick up a third season also comes shortly after the network renewed their first original prime-time series Strike Back for a final season, which is set to air this Summer. The network also has a period drama, The Knick, on tap for later this year and is developing a number of new series including a Hunted spin-off titled Sam Hunter from Frank Spotnitz which has Melissa George attached to star; and an Exorcism drama titled Outcast, which hails from The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman and is being developed in association with Fox International Channels.