It appears we have been a bit lacks on Cinemax coverage as of late so this post plans to catch fans up with what is happening with the series HBO’s distant sister channel offers. We start with not one, but two new series forthcoming.
OUTCAST: HBOWatch reported back on 11.24.14 that Cinemax was considering the exorcism drama and it is official now that that concept has been picked up. An HBO Press Release states –
CINEMAX has picked up the ten-episode drama series OUTCAST, announced Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming. Created and executive produced by Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead) and Chris Black and produced for CINEMAX by FOX International Channels, the show will be executive produced by David Alpert of Circle of Confusion, Sharon Tal Yguado of FIC and Sue Naegle.
OUTCAST, based on the Skybound/Image comic title by creator Robert Kirkman and artist Paul Azaceta, follows Kyle Barnes, a young man who has been plagued by demonic possession all his life. Now, with the help of the Reverend Anderson, a preacher with personal demons of his own, Kyle embarks on a journey to find answers and regain the normal life he lost. But what Kyle discovers could change his fate — and the fate of the world — forever.
“We are thrilled to be in business with Robert Kirkman, a visionary talent who has the unique ability to tap into today’s zeitgeist, making him a perfect fit for the newly expanded CINEMAX roster,” said Lombardo. “We couldn’t
be more excited to bring Robert Kirkman’s new drama to CINEMAX. OUTCAST is an ambitious series and Adam Wingard has directed a powerful pilot. I am very proud of the work that Robert, Sharon and team have put together,” said Hernan Lopez, President and CEO, FOX International Channels.
Patrick Fugit (Gone Girl) stars as Barnes, a man searching for answers, and for redemption, who sequesters himself from those he loves for fear of causing greater hurt. Philip Glenister (Life on Mars) stars as Reverend Anderson, a West Virginia evangelist who believes he is a soldier in God’s holy war against the forces of evil on Earth. An inveterate drinker and gambler, he doesn’t believe God intends people to sweat the small stuff. Gabriel Bateman (Stalker) stars as Joshua Austin, an eight-year-old who lives across town from Kyle. To his family’s dismay, he appears to be in the clutches of demonic possession, but there’s something very different about this possession and its connection to Kyle Barnes.
BAGHDAD COUNTRY CLUB: Robert Downey Jr. and his wife Susan, Team Downey Productions, are behind an Iraq War drama for the channel. The source material is an online article, by Joshuah Bearman, telling of a bar, an actual watering hole safehouse, in the heart of war-ravaged Baghdad. The project has not been given the go-ahead yet, but is still targeted as a potential series for Cinemax.
Team Downey is producing in joint with Warner Horizon Television and is being written by Dave Andron (Justified) Bearman will also be close at hand to the project. He is no stranger to having his articles converted to film as a previous work was the source material for the movie Argo. In “BAGHDAD COUNTRY CLUB we have “soldier-turned-mercenary who opens the only watering hole in Baghdad’s Green Zone at the height of the post-invasion Iraqi insurgency.”
Though it is not clear whether this is an original film foray for Cinemax or is trying to be fleshed out as a series it had the potential of being an exciting entry on the schedule. You could very easily have a story here introducing the action, the locals, the soldiers and just how they manage to set up and operate a functioning bar all during the major upheaval of the city. How do they stay safe? How do they get supplies? Are they running a still? Who is the clientele and can they be trusted?
If you can’t wait for some of those answers and want to read the source material yourself – just follow the link. As for Cinemax’s effort to adapt it work to the screen? We will just have to wait and see.
QUARRY: We covered the news back in February that QUARRY was picked up as a series and we can now announce that it is in production. Better yet we have proof that it is in production.
Some details of production come to us via the New Orleans newspaper The Times-Picayune as the series is filmed in NOLA. Check out the link as it has more pictures from production and an interview with the author of the 12-book series from which this series is based.
Again, QUARRY is a Cinemax noir drama currently in production in New Orleans, was born four decades ago and far upriver from its TV setting. The series stars Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus) as Mac “Quarry” Conway, a Marine who returns home to Memphis from Vietnam in 1972 and makes his way back into civilian life as a hit man deployed by a mysterious character known as The Broker, played by Peter Mullan (last seen in HBO’s OLIVE KITTERIDGE miniseries). Other cast includes Nikki Amuka-Bird (Luther), Damon Herriman (Justified), Jamie Hector (Marl Stanfield in THE WIRE), Edoardo Ballerini (Romeo Must Die) and Skipp Sudduth (Ronin).
BANSHEE: Here is another HBO Press Release excerpt this time about the deadly dealings in Banshee, Pennsylvania. It features a catch-up on premise and characters.
Production has begun in Pittsburgh on the fourth season of the Emmy-winning action series BANSHEE, it was announced. 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. Yahoo! named it “TV’s best action show,” while the A.V. Club described the series as “one of the best things on television, period.” The Huffington Post called the show “wildly witty,” and Grantland said BANSHEE is “a whole hell of a lot of fun.”
New to the cast are Eliza Dushku (Dollhouse) as Veronica Dawson, a tough, sexy and shockingly reckless FBI profiler with no shortage of personal demons, who joins forces with Lucas; Ana Ayora (The Big Wedding) as Nina Cruz, a Banshee deputy working as an inside plant for Proctor; and Casey LaBow (The Twilight Saga; Breaking Dawn, Parts 1 and 2) as Maggie, wife of a local Aryan Brotherhood leader, who desperately wants a better life for her and her son. And Matt Rauch (The Wolf of Wall Street) as Clay Burton, Proctor’s multifaceted, complicated bodyguard and right-hand man has been upgraded to a regular.
Debuting in Jan. 2013, BANSHEE stars Antony Starr (Wish You Were Here) as 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. Other cast includes Ivana Milicevic (HBO’s MIND OF THE MARRIED MAN) as Carrie Hopewell, a notorious jewel thief who lives in Banshee under an assumed identity with her new family, which has recently learned of her criminal past; Ulrich Thomsen (The Celebration) as Lucas’ arch-enemy, Kai Proctor, an intimidating, wealthy businessman who believes he is above the law; Hoon Lee (The Blacklist) as Job, a dangerous transvestite computer hacker who assists Lucas and Carrie in their criminal enterprises; Frankie Faison (Ervin Burrell in HBO’s THE WIRE) as Sugar Bates, a wise and powerful former boxer who owns the local watering hole and serves as confidante to Lucas and Job; Matt Servitto ( Agent Dwight Harris on HBO’s THE SOPRANOS) as Brock Lotus, Lucas’ long-suffering veteran deputy; Ryann Shane (Lights Out) as Deva Hopewell, Carrie’s teenage daughter, who is rattled after learning Lucas fathered her; Lili Simmons (Beth on HBO’s TRUE DETECTIVE) as Rebecca Bowman, Proctor’s sexy niece, who has taken on a larger role in his criminal activities; Tom Pelphrey (The Following) as Kurt Bunker, a former skinhead who joins the Banshee sheriff’s department as a deputy; and Chris Coy (The Walking Dead) as Calvin Bunker, Kurt’s unsavory brother, who has kept his Nazi ties.
Wow, are you keeping up with all the action and all those players? Check back in 2016 for more.
THE KNICK: Everyone who pays for Cinemax eagerly waits for second season of THE KNICK. Sadly Cinemax, though in the same family as HBO, does not gets its content added to HBOGo/HBONow nor is it a part of Amazon Prime’s content deal. So, if you want it, legally I guess, you got to cough up the money. An HBO Press Release simply states that –
THE KNICK returns for its ten-episode second season this fall. Helmed by Steven Soderbergh and starring Golden Globe nominee Clive Owen as the brilliant and emotionally tortured surgeon Dr. John W. Thackery, the show is set in New York City in 1900 and centers on Knickerbocker Hospital and its groundbreaking surgeons, nurses and staff, who push the bounds of medicine in a time of astonishingly high mortality rates and zero antibiotics. André Holland, Eve Hewson, Juliet Rylance, Jeremy Bobb, Michael Angarano, Chris Sullivan, Cara Seymour, Eric Johnson, David Fierro, Maya Kazan, Grainger Hines, Leon Addison Brown, Tom Lipinski, Zaraah Abrahams, Michael Nathanson, Rachel Korine, Charles Aitken and LaTonya Borsay round out the ensemble cast of the critically acclaimed series. The creators and writing team of Jack Amiel & Michael Begler also serve as executive producers, along with Gregory Jacobs, Steven Soderbergh, Michael Sugar and Clive Owen. Steven Katz co-executive produces; Michael Polaire produces.
Even Cinemax itself offers no exact indication when it airs though it likely repeats in its Season One time slot of late August – October. Just like QUARRY however we are able to direct you to a site that offers production shots for the new season of THE KNICK. A site called lohud shows cool pictures of a street in Yonkers being converted into an earlier age. Keep your eyes peeled for Season 2 coming in fall.
STRIKE BACK: Last but not least is this series which will conclude its run with a fourth and final season. STRIKE BACK will debut FRIDAY, JULY 31 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT).
Philip Winchester and Sullivan Stapleton star in the Emmy®-nominated action series, which follows a stealth counter-terrorism unit as it spans the globe to stop potential threats, often behind enemy lines.
Katie Holmes Project: Actress Katie Holmes (pictured) has teamed with formerSons of Anarchy co-executive producer Mike Daniels for a character-driven action drama for Cinemax. Based on characters conceived together by both Holmes and Daniels, the untitled show follows a victims’ rights advocate who is attacked by a stalker and then returns to the streets of her crime-ridden past to seek justice. Daniels will write the script and will serve as showrunner. He and Holmes executive produce. There are no current plans for Holmes to star though that is a possibility subject to availability.