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Alan Ball’s ‘Banshee’ Has The Potential To Be Big

Posted on the 10 January 2013 by Tbfansource @tbfansource

Antony Starr BansheeWhen True Blood fans heard that series creator Alan Ball was leaving the show many wondered what he would be up to next.  It wasn’t long before it was announced that he was going to be part of a new television show called ‘Banshee’, which would air on Cinemax.  The show, which premieres tomorrow night on the HBO sister channel, seems to be off to a good start with reviewers.  The Hollywood Reporter has reviewed the show and had this to say overall:

The writers have assembled a number of interesting characters and dole out the back- stories slowly and with an assured hand. You get the sense after five episodes of Banshee that the series is going to get deeper and better. That’s a nice promise, evidence that Cinemax is fully in the scripted game.

The show, created by Jonathan Tropper and David Shickler, centers around an ex-con who assumes the identity of the town’s sheriff and according to the review, it has the potential to be a great show.  According to the review:

Starr is intriguing, and the tone set by Tropper and Schickler hooks you immediately. Yaitanes has infused the first hour with the kind of directing that makes it feel like a movie, with big flourishes and well-constructed smaller moments.

Ball, who serves as an executive producer on the show, initially approached HBO with the show but they passed on it.  He spoke to The Hollywood Reporter recently and says he is happy with the show being on Cinemax:

I never felt like ‘Skinemax, that’s a step down.  If [the executives] are looking to redefine it, that’s great. When we were at HBO, we were dialing back on the pulp nature. At Cinemax we went to our original pitch again: high-octane entertainment, violent and clever, yet complex. It also allows us to treat the sexuality in the show in a very frank and adult manner. We don’t have to hold back.

Sounds like the show is off to a great start!  To read the entire review click here.  ’Banshee’ airs January 11th at 10:00pm on Cinemax.  Be sure to come back and let us know in the comment section what you thought of the show.

Source: HollywoodReporter.com - Alan Ball’s ‘Banshee’

HollywoodReporter.com – ‘True Blood’s’ Alan Ball on ‘Banshee’

Image Credit: Cinemax

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