Cinemax is continuing its push to become Cinemaction, focusing its original programming efforts on high-octane, summer-thrill-ride, and other action-movie-cliché-style series. Today the network renewed its newest program Banshee for a second season, set to debut in 2014.
Banshee, produced by True Blood's Alan Ball, stars Anthony Starr as a man freshly out of prison who goes in search of his old ladyfriend in rural Pennsylvania. Along the way, he hijacks the position of town sheriff in a place called Banshee, butts heads with the local Amish mafia, and gets help from mohawked, transgender Asian criminals. Drugs may have been involved in the making of this.
I gave the series a shot and couldn't really get into it, deeming it inferior to Cinemax's other recent shows Strike Back and Hunted, but Banshee is still very young (it's on Episode 3) and could iron everything out. Or it could just continue to be rather stunted and weird. It's kind of like if Steven Soderbergh, David Lynch, and Quentin Tarantino had a baby and that baby went to first-year film school and made a TV show.