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Friday, January 11, 2013

'Banshee' premiere review: The new pulp fiction: Sexy, violent, Amish

In Banshee, a muscled bullet-head played by Antony Starr was released from prison, grabbed a quick bit of sexual intercourse from a welcoming waitress, stole a car, and quickly assumed the identity of a dead man who was about to become the new sheriff of more
Entertainment Weekly ( 1/11/2013 8:06:32 PM -08:00 )

Six things to know about Cinemax's 'Banshee'
A studly New Zealand newcomer (who kind of looks like a younger Ray Stevenson from Rome) headlines Banshee, the latest drama from True Blood creator Alan Ball that bows tonight on Cinemax. We asked Executive Producer Greg Yaitanes to share six more
Entertainment Weekly (blog) ( 1/11/2013 4:15:08 PM -08:00 )

Banshee: Cinemax Blends Sexy Pulp with a Tragic Love Story
When choosing his next television project, former House executive producer Greg Yaitanes simply wanted to get out of a hospital. Winter TV: Get scoop on all the must-see new shows. And so, he landed on Banshee, the latest sexy, pulpy thriller in Cinemax's more
Seattle Post Intelligencer ( 1/11/2013 10:54:54 AM -08:00 )

TV Tonight: Banshee
TV Tonight: BansheeIn the pilot of Banshee, our protagonist has just gotten out from a long stint in prison, bangs a random bartenderess, then goes to see an old friend about his next move: he wants to look up his old lover and partner in crime, with whom he pulled the heist that more
TIME ( 1/11/2013 7:57:18 AM -08:00 )

Banshee is wildly inventive
Banshee, a new high-octane TV thriller about a just-released prison parolee who adopts the identity of a town sheriff in Amish country, is wildly inventive at times. That much is evident in Friday's first hour, which was conceived in part by True Blood creator more
Ottawa Citizen ( 1/11/2013 7:26:58 AM -08:00 )

Review: In Cinemax's 'Banshee,' there's little justice to be found
There's a new sheriff in town, only he isn't really a sheriff, he's a recently released ex-con fully rigged with antihero requisites, including killer instincts and his own twisty-but-true moral code. It isn't really a town either so much as a place constructed in a pitch more
Los Angeles Times ( 1/11/2013 6:33:52 AM -08:00 )

Cinemax series 'Banshee' aims to hold on to viewers beyond TV
SAN FRANCISCO — As the opening credits of the new Cinemax series "Banshee" begin, the dial of an old steel safe spins, tumblers locking to reveal a combination that viewers can use to crack open "the vault" on the show's website. This is where each week more
Los Angeles Times ( 1/11/2013 5:01:36 AM -08:00 )

Amish meet violence, sex in 'Banshee'
A slow-pokey drama punctuated by shocking violence and sex, executive producer Alan Ball's “Banshee” plays like a hoarse whisper at the moon. New Zealand native Antony Starr unconvincingly plays Lucas Hood, a thief who served 15 years in prison and more
Boston Herald ( 1/10/2013 9:03:42 PM -08:00 )

'Banshee' review: Sheriff steals the show
POLITE APPLAUSE Banshee: Dramatic series. 10 p.m. Friday (Jan. 11) on Cinemax. An ex-con who assumes the identity of a dead sheriff, the con's partner who's assumed a new identity as a respectable wife and mother, and a malevolent kingpin whose more
San Francisco Chronicle ( 1/10/2013 5:33:16 PM -08:00 )

'Banshee': Latest edition of cable pulp is just more of the same
“Banshee,” premiering Friday night on Cinemax, is part of the movie channel's goal to plaster itself with flinty new action series that are really just re-pulped pulp made as stylishly as possible. You need it like you need another hole in your head. Produced by more
Washington Post ( 1/10/2013 3:58:52 PM -08:00 )

A Midseason Menu
A Midseason MenuBANSHEE | Cinemax, premieres Jan. 11: If the car chase in the first five minutes doesn't remind you that you're watching Cinemax, the sex scene in the same five minutes will. Alan Ball ('Six Feet Under,' 'True Blood') produced this brawny show for the pay more
Wall Street Journal ( 1/10/2013 3:16:56 PM -08:00 )

The Sheriff Wore Stripes: Tale of a Hood as Hero
Any television series trumpeting its setting in a pastoral American town that has, as the producers of "Banshee" describe it, a dark, seedy underbelly of sex and violence and greed should raise well-justified suspicions that we've visited this territory before. more
Wall Street Journal ( 1/10/2013 3:15:15 PM -08:00 )

'Banshee': B-movie promise
Cinemax, like so many other cable channels getting lost in the glut of options, has begun trying to forge a distinct identity with original series. Hey, it has worked very well indeed for AMC, once primarily known for movies, like Cinemax, and now known for more
Boston Globe ( 1/10/2013 3:11:10 PM -08:00 )

Out of Prison With Little Time to Waste
Out of Prison With Little Time to Waste“Banshee,” the latest action-and-attitude series from Cinemax, comes on strong — almost comically so. In the first few minutes the show's unnamed hero walks out of prison and down some mood-setting railroad tracks, has sex with a waitress and steals a more
New York Times ( 1/10/2013 3:04:46 PM -08:00 )

'Banshee' may be cheesy, but it tastes good (not to be confused with good taste)
First sex scene: One minute and five seconds into the show. First sassy transvestite: Two minutes and 14 seconds. First car chase: Four minutes and 10 seconds. First gunfight: Five minutes and three seconds. To be fair, Banshee is not without a contemplative more
MiamiHerald.com (registration) ( 1/9/2013 9:01:48 PM -08:00 )

Top five TV picks: Starr power for Banshee
Top five TV picks: Starr power for BansheeIt's got the wild small-town setting (a small Amish hamlet in Pennsylvania), and enough graphic violence and wanton sex to satisfy any True Blood fan. Except in Banshee, which is produced by Blood creator Alan Ball, there are no otherworldly beings - no more
New Zealand Herald ( 1/9/2013 10:29:46 AM -08:00 )

'Banshee' review: Amish should protest
THE SHOW "Banshee". WHEN|WHERE Premieres Friday at 10 p.m. on Cinemax. WHAT IT'S ABOUT After serving 15 hard years upstate, a man (we never do learn his name) is finally released. Brooding, unshaven, violently impulsive, he has scores to settle more
Newsday ( 1/8/2013 8:32:02 PM -08:00 )

Director Greg Yaitanes Talks 'Banshee' Premiere, Greece and Twitter
Director Greg Yaitanes Talks Greek American director and producer Greg Yaitanes recently sat down to speak with Greek Reporter about his latest project “Banshee,” which premieres January 11 at 10 p.m. on cable network Cinemax. The 10-episode drama is set in the small town of more
Greek Reporter ( 1/11/2013 8:56:09 PM -08:00 )

Premier Party Held for Show Created by Local Producer
A premiere party was held at Midtown Athletic Club Friday for a new Cinemax series that has roots in Brighton. From the creator of "True Blood," the plot of Banshee features an ex-con and master thief who assumes the identity of the sheriff of Banshee, more
Rochester YNN ( 1/11/2013 8:49:07 PM -08:00 )

Read The 'Banshee' Prequel Comic For Free
Cinemax and IDW team up for a story that sets the stage for the new drama series from Alan Ball. By Blair Marnell. January 11, 2013. Share this story. Last summer, “True Blood” creator Alan Ball left his HBO series to focus on new projects, including “Banshee more
Crave Online ( 1/11/2013 8:26:02 PM -08:00 )