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'Hunted' creator Frank Spotnitz on the series finale and the future of Sam Hunter

7 December 2012 8:00 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Cinemax just aired what is technically the “Hunted” series finale, as the BBC declined to renew the series, which they were producing in partnership with the American cable channel.   But though the series, and some of its characters, may be done with, Cinemax and “Hunted” creator Frank Spotnitz intend to move forward with the character of Sam Hunter, the private spy played by Melissa George, and certain aspects of her origin story that were introduced over these eight episodes. I emailed Spotnitz a few questions about the finale, and about what the new show (whatever it’s called) might include.   »

- Alan Sepinwall

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The HeyUGuys Interview: Frank Spotnitz talks Hunted and The End of The X-Files

6 December 2012 4:00 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Writer/producer Frank Spotnitz (Millennium, Night Stalker, Strike Back) helped shape the television we watch today. His work on more than 40 episodes of cult hit The X-Files included development of the elaborate mythology thread which baffled and bewitched fans and inspired a thousand imitators.

His latest project, Hunted, brings the Spotnitz style to UK shores and takes us behind the scenes of a private security agency – Byzantium – and its mission to infiltrate a powerful family and gain their client leverage in a high stakes bidding war. The show’s protagonist, Sam Hunter, was once Byzantium’s lethal Lolita, but an assassination attempt sent her underground to regroup and her return to the firm is motivated solely by her desire for retribution.

The series was aired here on the BBC and by Cinemax in America. The BBC have declined the opportunity to make a second season so HBO – who ran a »

- Emily Breen

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Hunted DVD Review

29 November 2012 2:15 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Super spy Sam Hunter was once Byzantium’s greatest asset – her deadly skill set and disarming beauty made a lethal combination. But now the upper echelons of London’s top private security firm have joined the queue of those wishing her dead.

Secretive colleague Aidan Marsh (Adam Rayner) was once Sam’s best ally – their close working relationship giving way to something altogether more intimate. The liaison offered her a chance for a new life far from the high adrenalin, higher risk, confidence tricks Byzantium tasked her with daily. Sam’s survival instinct kept her alive when she was hunted and vulnerable and protected her when she bolted underground to recover. Now she is deliberately breaking cover to draw out her pursuers. Her return to the heart of Byzantium will force the hand of her foes. Which of them will be first to draw?

Melissa George (Alias, Triangle) takes the »

- Emily Breen

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Hunted Series 1 DVD Review

24 November 2012 3:30 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Creator: Frank Spotnitz

Starring: Melissa George, Stephen Dillane, Adam Rayner, Patrick Malahide, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Morven Christie, Lex Shrapnell, Stephen Campbell Moore, Tom Beard, Oscar Kennedy, Scott Handy, Indira Varma, David Sterne,

 Running Time: 464 minutes

Certificate: 15

Hunted has just finished its run on BBC 1 and unfortunately it has already been dropped by the BBC due to its poor performance. Perhaps a spy show taking place around the same time as the release of James Bond film Skyfall wasn’t a great idea. However, Hunted is a fantastically crafted show that easily rivals the best of Bourne, Bond, or Ethan Hunt.

Hunted follows Sam Hunter (George), a woman who works for a private espionage company. Right here we see a major difference from many spy related films and shows. The spies work for a company and not their government, making them more mercenaries for hire. It’s an interesting spin for as we hope our heroes succeed, »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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Exclusive: Cinemax's Hunted Episode 6, 'Polyhedrus' Clip

23 November 2012 | The Daily BLAM! | See recent The Daily BLAM! news »

From X-Files writer and producer Frank Spotnitz comes this eight-episode drama set in the world of international espionage. The next episode of Hunted airs Friday, November 23rd, at 10 pm exclusively on Cinemax. From The X-Files writer and producer Frank Spotnitz comes Hunted, an eight-episode drama series set in the world of international espionage. Golden Globe nominee Melissa George (HBO’s In Treatment) stars as Sam Hunter, a skilled, gutsy operative for Byzantium, a secretive private firm involved in global intelligence and espionage. After surviving an attempt on her life that may have been orchestrated by members of her own team, she returns to work, but doesn’t know who to trust. Hunted follows two primary story lines: Sam Hunter’s journey to discover who is behind the attempt on »

- Pietro Filipponi

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Hunted: season one, episode eight

22 November 2012 2:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The end of the series, at last, but what do we actually know – apart from how to recognise a quality woollen hat?

Spoiler alert: this blog is for those watching Hunted on BBC1. Please do not read on if you haven't seen episode eight

Julia Raeside's episode seven blog

What we know

And so the time has come to say goodbye. Goodbye to Sam's foam-rubber Pob pout, the hats, that case, the giant rabbit, the heavy-handed parallels between Sam and the sodding Snow Maiden. For eight weeks we have brow-furrowed our way through the clues and red herrings and now we finally know.

Almost nothing at all! Let's glance at our evidence collage one last time before we pack it sadly into plastic crates. (Throw the milk away, obv.)

1. Jack Turner has spent 20 years building his empire in order to thoroughly piss on Polyhedris's chips by undermining their bid for the Khyber damn. »

- Julia Raeside

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Sam Meets Ambassadors in New Clip From Cinemax’s Espionage Thriller Hunted

16 November 2012 4:30 PM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Sam Hunter uncovers a possible link to her past in a new clip from Cinemax’s acclaimed action drama series ‘Hunted.’ The episode, titled ‘Ambassadors,’ airs tonight at 10pm on the premium cable network. ‘Ambassadors’ follows Sam, played by Melissa George, as she awakens in her hospital room to find a familiar face, who promises to be her ally. He alludes to a connection from her past, but refuses to give her all the information. However, he divulges a secret that leads her to take action. ‘Hunted’ follows Sam, a skilled operative from the secretive private firm Byzantium, which is involved in global intelligence and espionage. After surviving an attempt on  [ Read More ]

The post Sam Meets Ambassadors in New Clip From Cinemax’s Espionage Thriller Hunted appeared first on Shockya.com. »

- Karen Benardello

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Hunted: season one, episode seven

15 November 2012 2:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Will a soil sample, a dead rabbit and some now quite stale milk lead us anywhere nearer to the truth?

Spoiler alert: this blog is for those watching Hunted on BBC1. Please do not read on if you haven't seen episode seven

Julia Raeside's episode six blog

These ever-longer pre-title recaps account for nearly half the show now. So much information packed into them and yet I still feel like we know less than we did when Hunted began seven weeks ago. Turrets! Horst Goebel! The case!

Before we crack on with episode seven, I can exclusively reveal that, according to one of Hunted's writers on Twitter the giant talking rabbit last week was originally going to be a man in a Santa suit! They swapped in the bunny at the last minute when it was thought the brutal slaying of his elves would be too much for viewers. I »

- Julia Raeside

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'Hunted' not axed, Cinemax to revive series without BBC

15 November 2012 9:18 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Cinemax has announced plans to produce a more episodes of Hunted. The Guardian reported yesterday that the Melissa George spy drama had been axed by BBC One. However, Hunted is co-produced by Us cable network Cinemax, which will now proceed with the show without the BBC's involvement, according to Deadline. "We are making plans with creator and executive producer Frank Spotnitz and star Melissa George to present a new chapter in the Sam Hunter mythology," Kary Antholis, President, HBO Miniseries and Cinemax Programming, said. "We are very pleased with what Hunted has done (more) »

- By Morgan Jeffery

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Cinemax moves forward on 'Hunted' without the BBC

15 November 2012 8:54 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Both HBO and Cinemax have benefited from trans-Atlantic partnerships the last few years, resulting in shows like "Extras," "Strike Back" and most recently "Hunted," the Cinemax thriller starring Melissa George as Sam Hunter, a British private spy looking for revenge on the people who tried to kill her. These partnerships have given the larger HBO family access to series and talent who might not have been available without taking on a partner in the U.K., and at a cheaper price than if they were producing it on their own. But some partnerships don't always go smoothly, as Cinemax has found out »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Cinemax Eyes New Incarnation Of ‘Hunted’ With Frank Spotnitz And Melissa George

15 November 2012 8:15 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: The BBC-Cinemax series Hunted won’t go beyond its current freshman season after BBC One opted not to renew the espionage drama for a second season. But Cinemax is working with series creator Frank Spotnitz on a new incarnation of the show about spy Sam Hunter (Melissa George). “We are making plans with creator and executive producer Frank Spotnitz and star Melissa George to present a new chapter in the Sam Hunter mythology,” Kary Antholis, President, HBO Miniseries and Cinemax Programming, said in a statement to Deadline. “We are very pleased with what Hunted has done for Cinemax’s brand and are very excited about what lies ahead.” Because of the project’s setup –  BBC originally commissioned eight episodes from Shine-owned British production company Kudos Film and Television before Cinemax came on board as producer/U.S. distributor — I hear continuing the series in its current form proved impossible without partner BBC. »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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'Hunted': Melissa George spy drama axed by BBC One?

14 November 2012 7:05 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

BBC One drama Hunted has reportedly been axed. The series - which stars Melissa George as spy Sam Hunter - will not return for a second series, according to The Guardian. A BBC spokesperson is quoted as saying: "It hasn't found the mainstream audience it was hoped." Hunted launched with 5.69 million viewers in early October, but the most recent episode - the show's sixth - managed just 2.59m on November 8. Star George had previously voiced her desire to shoot a second series of Hunted - which is co-produced (more) »

- By Morgan Jeffery

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TV listings and previews: plan your week's viewing - 29 October - 2 November

30 October 2012 5:53 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Michael Palin continues his Amazonian journey in Brazil, Autumnwatch returns and Modern Family presents a spook-tacular Halloween special

Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday

MondayThe Hospital That Stopped Caring – Panorama

8.30pm, BBC1

A Panorama report following up one of its more worthwhile investigations of recent times: the exposure of mistreatment of patients at the Winterbourne View private hospital near Bristol. The hospital is now closed, with 11 of its staff facing sentencing as we go to press, but as this sequel shows, the trauma suffered by their victims goes on. Continuing the public health theme, over on Channel 4, Dispatches asks whether the outsourcing of NHS services to the private sector is going to do anybody but the contractors any good. Andrew Mueller

50 Years Of Bond Cars: A Top

Gear Special

9pm, BBC2

Yet more 007-related programming as Richard Hammond discovers the stories behind Bond cars, which happily turn out to be more about actual people. »

- Jonathan Wright, John Robinson, David Stubbs, Phelim O'Neill, Julia Raeside, Ali Catterall, Martin Skegg, Hannah Verdier, Andrew Mueller, Ben Arnold, Mark Jones, Indigo Axford

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Frank Spotnitz Talks Hunted, Keeping the Espionage Series Believable, Working with an International Cast and the Biggest Challenges of the Show’s Scale

28 October 2012 2:17 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

From The X-Files writer/producer Frank Spotnitz comes the eight-episode drama Hunted, set in the world of international espionage. Sam Hunter (Melissa George) is an operative for an elite private intelligence firm called Byzantium, who survives an attempt on her life that may have been orchestrated by members of her own team. When she returns to work, she doesn’t know who to trust, but is determined to do whatever it takes to get answers. Shot entirely on location in Morocco, Scotland and London, the show also stars Adam Rayner, Stephen Dillane, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Morven Christie and Lex Shrapnel. During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, Frank Spotnitz talked about how Hunted evolved into a series, where the concept started, the importance of making and keeping things believable, how exciting it was to work in the U.K. with such an international cast, the biggest challenges of doing a show on this scale, »

- Christina Radish

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'Hunted': Melissa George's spy is going down -- Exclusive Video

26 October 2012 9:17 AM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

The premiere episode of Hunted, Cinemax’s new action series from The X-Files creator Frank Spotnitz, served up a lot of information for viewers to digest in an hour: Sam Hunter (In Treatment’s Melissa George) was nearly killed, possibly by members of the international intelligence and security agency she works for, but a year later, she returns to her post to the surprise of her employers. Trust is no longer a luxury Sam can afford, but she takes her next assignment while she also tries to untangle the conspiracy that wants her dead.

“Was it you?” she asks, in »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Melissa George talks 'Hunted' series two plans: 'It's set in Berlin'

22 October 2012 7:58 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Melissa George has spoken about a potential second series of her spy thriller Hunted. The drama - created by Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files) - is currently airing on BBC One in the UK and on Cinemax in the Us. "[Frank has] given me a pretty good idea [of where series two would go]," George told IGN. "It's all going to be about Sam's journey, finding out and putting the pieces together. She won't be the nanny anymore." The actress - who plays Sam Hunter - added that a second series of Hunted (more) »

- By Morgan Jeffery

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Hunted Episode 2 Preview; Cinemax Releases Full First Episode Online

20 October 2012 | The Daily BLAM! | See recent The Daily BLAM! news »

From X-Files writer and producer Frank Spotnitz comes this eight-episode drama set in the world of international espionage. Hunted airs Friday nights at 10 pm exclusively on Cinemax. From The X-Files writer and producer Frank Spotnitz comes Hunted, an eight-episode drama series set in the world of international espionage. Golden Globe nominee Melissa George (HBO’s In Treatment) stars as Sam Hunter, a skilled, gutsy operative for Byzantium, a secretive private firm involved in global intelligence and espionage. After surviving an attempt on her life that may have been orchestrated by members of her own team, she returns to work, but doesn’t know who to trust. Hunted follows two primary story lines: Sam Hunter’s journey to discover who is behind the attempt on her life and Byzantium’s »

- Pietro Filipponi

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Melissa George Talks Hunted, the Show’s Twists and Turns, Shooting the Fighting Sequences, and More

19 October 2012 6:13 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

From The X-Files writer/producer Frank Spotnitz comes the eight-episode drama Hunted, set in the world of international espionage.  Sam Hunter (Melissa George) is an operative for an elite private intelligence firm called Byzantium, who survives an attempt on her life that may have been orchestrated by members of her own team.  When she returns to work, she doesn’t know who to trust, but is determined to do whatever it takes to get answers.  Shot entirely on location in Morocco, Scotland and London, the show also stars Adam Rayner, Stephen Dillane, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Morven Christie and Lex Shrapnel. During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, show star Melissa George talked about what attracted her to this role, essentially playing two different characters, the intensely rigorous training involved, the most difficult fight sequence to shoot, how she was always surprised by where the story went with each script, that a »

- Christina Radish

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'Hunted' creator Frank Spotnitz on his new Cinemax drama & 'The X-Files' legacy

19 October 2012 10:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Frank Spotnitz has been the man up front for the first two Cinemax original drama series. He wrote the first four episodes of the Cinemax incarnation of "Strike Back," and is the creator and executive producer of "Hunted," a new thriller starring Melissa George as British private spy Sam Hunter, who is betrayed, left for dead, and returns to work a year later looking for revenge on whoever it was that set her up.  (You can watch an exclusive clip from the premiere at the top of this post.) I interviewed Spotnitz about his design for the series (which I reviewed »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Frank Spotnitz Previews Hunted, Creating a "Real Jason Bourne"

19 October 2012 7:24 AM, PDT | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

Frank Spotnitz, the beloved creator behind The X Files, may be introducing a new series on Cinemax tonight, but consider yourself warned, TV Fanatics:

Hunted does not involve any extraterrestrials.

Instead, it feature Aussie-American Melissa George, best known stateside from kicking ass with Jennifer Garner on Alias and from HBO’s In Treatment. She portrays intelligent agent Sam Hunter, who survives an attack on her life and returns to duty in an undercover mission, all while keeping an eye out for whomever wants her dead.

Jim Halterman sat down with Spotnitz recently in Los Angeles to talk about the challenges of casting Sam, as well as keeping the dramatic tension and character development equal on the Hunted canvas...

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TV Fanatic: I know the show went through a few titles: Morton... then it was Nemesis... and now it’s Hunted. What was genesis of the title?

Frank Spotnitz: Morton »

- jimhalterman@gmail.com (Jim Halterman)

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