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Cable channel Cinemax has seen its stature grow over the past few years with a number of shows that have garnered acclaim among critical television fans. One such show has been Banshee. Co-created by television newcomers Jonathan Tropper and David Schickler, the show is executive produced by Alan Ball, and focuses on a small town in Pennsylvania where a recently released criminal posing as the sheriff tries to navigate his own past, the local criminal element, the Amish community, and the Native American community.
Many fans of the series were excited to learn that Cinemax had renewed the show for a fourth season earlier this year. The excitement, however, turned out to be bittersweet, as news has now emerged that the fourth season, which is currently in production, will be the show’s last. Reports suggest that the creators and writers of the series were aware of the impending cancellation when the fourth season began, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Cinemax’s “Banshee” will conclude its run with a fourth and final season, Variety has confirmed. The news was first reported by TVLine.
Producers have been working with execs at the cable network toward an end date for the action-drama, and mutually agreed on this solution, according to a source inside the production.
“It’s equal parts of feeling the story has been told, wanting to go out while the show is a major success for Cinemax, and lead actor Antony Starr’s growing demands and vocal desire to leave the show,” said the source.
The season premiere of “Banshee” in January drew 540,000 same-night viewers and its finale in March drew 692,000.
- Debra Birnbaum
Cinemax has canceled “Banshee,” and the upcoming fourth season of the drama will be its last, TheWrap has learned. The network also announced the show will return in January 2016. Produced by “True Blood” co-creator Alan Ball, the drama series was renewed for a fourth season earlier this year and will return with eight episodes in 2016. “‘Banshee’ is a unique and compelling show that helped set high standards for original programming for Cinemax,” said HBO programming president Michael Lombardo in a statement. “The show’s exceptional blend of action and drama earned a vocal and passionate fan base that will not. »
- Linda Ge
It is now officially time for the gloves to come off. Scream: The TV Series rolls into episode two with mild invention and solid character development. Lifting dialogue from the film canon as a tagline and name dropping Manhunter references, this series is being coy in its self-awareness. Rather than being 90210 or The Oc with added carnage, a unisex triumvirate of actors are moving front and centre giving audiences someone to invest in.
Willa Fitzgerald’s central protagonist Emma works hard with minimal material, whilst being ably supported by Bex-Taylor Klaus as Audrey Jensen. Beyond these two is movie trivia guru geek and orator of slasher convention Noah Foster. Fulfilling Scream conventions, by being both nerdy and vaguely suspect, John Karna adds elitism to that persona. Which has the potential to make him annoying, yet Karna walks the line »
- Gary Collinson
Milestones only feel monumental when you get some perspective, and you look back and see some of the tremors that started to pave the way for a seismic shift. The Supreme Court decision is a stunning victory for human rights and equality, but the big shift happened with the American people over the past few years, and there’s no putting the genie back in the bottle.
I feel privileged to work in a business where we can advance the political agenda just because we tell stories. No soapbox, no demonstrations, no voting. If a story moves you, the message gets sent, and the consciousness changes. Sometimes slowly, but it happens.
Over the past 40 years, the Lgbt social and political agenda has been moving forward in our pop culture in many ways, especially on good old-fashioned broadcast television, which reaches everybody, everywhere. Back in the ’70s, I remember Archie Bunker »
- Bob Greenblatt
They may be two of this season’s “It” showrunners, but Jill Soloway and Jennie Snyder Urman aren’t exactly overnight successes. They’ve both paid their dues with staff jobs (Soloway on “Six Feet Under,” Urman on “Gilmore Girls”) and showrunner gigs (Soloway on HBO’s “How to Make It in America,” Urman on the CW’s “Emily Owens, M.D.”). Soloway’s “Transparent” has put Amazon originals on the map, winning Golden Globes for best comedy and lead Jeffrey Tambor, while Urman’s “Jane the Virgin” earned CW its first Globe noms, and scored a win for breakout star Gina Rodriguez. In a wide-ranging conversation with Variety they discuss the challenges of binge-viewing vs. 22-episode seasons, blending comedy with drama, and Caitlyn Jenner.
When did you realize your show might work?
Urman: Right before the TCAs when all the critics watched it, before it started airing. I read those pre-reviews — “Oh my gosh, »
- Geoff Berkshire
Charlaine Harris penned the Sookie Stackhouse book series, which was adapted for TV in the form of True Blood by Alan Ball, who injected some of his personal politics into the series. Charlaine Harris On ‘True Blood’s Politics Throughout True Blood‘s 7-season run, there was a thread of liberal politics sewn into the show by creator Ball. In […]
- Chelsea Regan
From finished films in competition to big packages on the horizon, here’s the hottest titles from around the world up for grabs at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
Director: Marc Forster
Film centers on a blind woman and her husband who, upon restoration of her sight, begin to discover previously unseen and disturbing details about themselves, their marriage and their lives.
Director: Andrea Arnold
Key cast: Shia Labeouf
A runaway teenager gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard-partying, law-bending and young love.
Sales: Protagonist Pictures
Director: Ewan McGregor
- Variety Staff
Six Feet Under, Season 5, Episode 12, “Everyone’s Waiting”
Written and directed by Alan Ball
Aired August 21st, 2005 on HBO
During its five seasons of television, Six Feet Under managed to craft a narrative that was evocative, emotional, heart-rending, and humorous. Alan Ball’s funeral home drama was a show that had a very unique voice, one that spoke to the splintered facets of the heart and mind with equal weight and power. So when the time came for Six Feet Under to take its rightful place in the dirt and dust for good, it was with a finality that echoed into eternity.
Much like the hefty themes that Six Feet Under spent much of its 63 hours wrestling with, the final episode was not content in just going for a simple, streamlined conclusion. Instead, Ball and co. created an entire final season that led up to this particular endgame. It began »
- Mike Worby
Each year, the Television Academy singles out a handful of programs that have used the power of the medium to “shift cultural acceptance and influence the hearts and minds of the viewers.”
This year, Transparent has been named one of the six Television Academy honorees of 2015. In a statement announcing the honorees, Academy Chairman Bruce Rosenblum explained the significance of the honors: “These programs have enlightened viewers, prompted discussion, raised social awareness, and are sparking change.”
It’s been a big week for Transparent show creator Jill Soloway, who was also named to Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People list, where she received a tribute from one of her first bosses, Six Feet Under creator Alan Ball, who saluted her “singular, audacious voice, which continues to speak loudly for all who yearn for an authentic life.” »
Shannon Tarbet has landed a regular role on Virtuoso, HBO’s classical music drama pilot from True Blood creator Alan Ball. Set against the complex and volatile backdrop of 18th century Vienna, it follows a class of young musical prodigies from all over Europe at the prestigious Academy of Musical Excellence. Tarbet plays Ina, who lives on the streets of Vienna. She is poor and dirty but very pretty and with a huge spirit and tremendous energy for life. She and her… »
Cinemax has announced that production has begun on the fourth season of their Banshee TV show. The eight episodes will start airing some time in 2016.
Here's the press release:
Cinemax Announces Start Of Production For Fourth Season Of Hit Action Series "Banshee"
New York, April 8, 2015 - Production has begun in Pittsburgh on the fourth season of the Emmy(R)-winning Cinemax action series Banshee, it was announced today by Kary Antholis, president, HBO Miniseries and Cinemax Programming. The eight-episode season will air in 2016, with Alan Ball, Greg Yaitanes, Jonathan Tropper, Peter Macdissi, Adam Targum and Ole Christian Madsen executive producing.
The Cinemax drama has been busy ramping up its cast lately, and now comes word that Eliza Dushku is joining Banshee. The drama series from Alan Ball centers on Lucas Hood (Antony Starr), 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. Dushku will recur as Agent Veronica Dawson, a tough, sexy and shockingly reckless FBI profiler with no shortage of personal… »
Freya Mavor has landed the female lead role on HBO’s “Virtuoso,” a pilot set in 18th Century Vienna, TheWrap has learned exclusively. The drama comes from “True Blood’s” Alan Ball, Elton John and David Furnish. Peter Macdissi will star as well as act as an executive producer on the project. Ball, John and Furnish will also executive produce along with Steve Hamilton Shaw. “Virtuoso” follows a class of young musical prodigies from all over Europe at the prestigious Academy of Musical Excellence. Mavor will play Marie, daughter of a prestigious Catholic family in Paris and the only girl chosen for the inaugural class. »
- Linda Ge
Ana Ayora (The Big Wedding, Chop Shop) has booked a season-long arc on Season 4 of Cinemax's Banshee. The drama series from Alan Ball centers on Lucas Hood (Antony Starr), 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. Ayora will play Nina Cruz, a smart, tough, streetwise deputy for the Banshee Sheriff’s Department who really is an inside plant working for… »
Few actors make the leap from soaps to smart dramas but Mirallegro has graduated from Hollyoaks to BBC primetime and Bafta nominations. Meet the accidental pin-up who refuses to settle for any old role
For every Guy Pearce or Jenna Coleman, there are a hundred Dean Gaffneys or Letitia Deans: actors who left the soaps that made them, only to become a Ricky Gervais punchline or hobble back after realising ego or expectation outweighed talent. No such danger for Nico Mirallegro. Less than five years after playing schizophrenic emo kid Newt in Hollyoaks, he’s picked up a Bafta nomination for Peter Moffat’s The Village and starred in dramas by Paul Abbott and his idol Jimmy McGovern. More recently, he landed a role in Virtuoso, the latest HBO series from Alan Ball (Six Feet Under, True Blood). Of more immediate concern for Mirallegro, however, is how to handle his »
- Gabriel Tate
Emmerich recently completed filming “Stonewall,” a drama about the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City and a turning point in the struggle for Lgbt equality. He’s also contributed to several non-profit organizations, including Outfest’s Legacy Project, dedicated to preserving Lgbt film history; the Los Angeles Lgbt Center; Freedom to Marry; and the Cambodian Children’s Fund.
“As one of Hollywood’s most sought-after film directors, Roland Emmerich has entertained audiences across the globe,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, president and CEO of GLAAD. “His generosity has touched the lives of countless Lgbt people, »
- Dave McNary
Enhanced tax rebate has resulted in a mini-production boom.
After troubled times, Hungarian film is on the mend. That was the message from Hungarian Film Fund CEO Agnes Havas at this year’s European Film Market (Efm).
Local market share for Hungarian films is still low (precise figures for 2014 are not yet available) but the industry is enjoying a mini-production boom.
The enhanced 25% tax rebate is helping draw foreign production to the country. Ridley Scott has been in Budapest shooting his new sci-fi thriller The Martian for Twentieth Century Fox, starring Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Kristen Wiig.
- email@example.com (Geoffrey Macnab)
Currently in its third season, the action series, which stars Antony Starr, Ivana Milicevic, Ulrich Thomsen, Frankie Faison and Hoon Lee, will shoot the new episodes in Pittsburgh. Returning cast members are yet to be announced.
Season four is set to premiere in 2016.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Cinemax has renewed “Banshee” for a fourth season. It will return next year with eight new episodes. Produced by “True Blood” co-creator Alan Ball, the drama series is currently airing its third season. Although Cinemax said it will confirm returning cast members and producers at a later date, Season 3 stars Ivana Milicevic, Ulrich Thomsen, Frankie Faison and Hoon Lee. See video: ‘Banshee’ Season 3 Trailer Promises a War on Three Fronts (Video) “Banshee” follows Antony Starr as as a mysterious ex-convict who assumed the identity of Lucas Hood, a small Amish country town sheriff who’s murdered. Quickly, he discovers that this. »
- Jethro Nededog
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