Cinemax Renews ‘Banshee’ For Fourth Season

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Cinemax is sticking with pulp drama Banshee.

The network has renewed the Emmy award winning series from True Blood’s Alan Ball, Jonathan Tropper & David Schickler for a fourth season, which is set to air in 2016. Eight episodes have been ordered for the show’s fourth run, down from the 10 episode orders for the show’s first three seasons.

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 pursuits while enforcing his own code of justice. The drama series stars Antony Starr, Ivana Milicevic, Ulrich Thomsen, Frankie Faison and Hoon Lee.

The show, which launched in 2013, has been an important one for Cinemax, as it was their first truly original prime-time series. Their previous foray into primetime scripted drama, Strike Back, is a co-production with UK broadcaster Sky, with the final season of that series set to air this Summer.

Since the launch of Banshee, Cinemax has continued to push forward into scripted originals with the likes of the short-lived Hunted (another co-production with a British broadcaster) and The Knick, which has been renewed for a second season. The network also recently handed an 8 episode series order to period drama Quarry and they are developing Outcast, a new drama from The Walking Dead’s Robert Kirkman.