Cinemax After Dark - or Skinemax, as it's more widely known - is a block of "adult programming" broadcast on Cinemax after midnight. Starting in 1984, the programming block became a staple of teenagers in the late-80s/early-90s, who grew up on sneaking downstairs while their parents were sleeping to catch some skin (not that we know from experience...).
Well, the good times are about to come to a close as Cinemax looks to rebrand, leaving Skinemax in the dust.
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Last week during HBO's panel at the Television Critics Association press tour, network president Michael Lombardo revealed that Cinemax had opted not to go through with its 'Transporter' TV series, despite an entire season already produced, and an earlier release date. Well, wouldn't you know it, 'Transporter' will move forward with a second season at a new network, with a new showrunner!
Once the initial shock of 'Sopranos' star James Gandolfini's tragic passing had set in, questions turned to HBO's upcoming limited series 'Criminal Justice,' whose shot pilot had initially been passed on before the network opted for a smaller order. Now, as HBO speaks at the TCA press tour, Gandolfini's version of the pilot will most likely be re-shot, while other projects from the network will never see the light of day.
While Cinemax will bring two series to Comic-Con 2013 with 'Banshee' and 'Strike Back,' it's upcoming pilot drama 'Quarry' that continues to turn our heads. Most recently adding 'The Avengers' star Stellan Skarsgård and 'Die Hard' franchise vet Mary Elizabeth Winstead, the Cinemax drama adaptation has now brought in 'The Wire' vet Jamie Hector in a regular role.
In spite of their increasing pedigree, we haven't paid much attention to Cinemax's original series, but the latest additions to the pay cable network's upcoming drama series 'Quarry' have proven far too tempting to ignore. 'Die Hard' franchise star and 'Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World' babe Mary Elizabeth Winstead has joined Cinemax's 'Quarry' in her first regular TV role since rising to fame, joining 'The Avengers' and 'Thor' star Stellan Skarsgard, among others.
While HBO's 'Behind the Candelabra' continues to earn rave reviews before its premiere, Steven Soderbergh has made yet another amendment to his alleged retirement, set to direct and produce a new 1900s series for Cinemax titled 'The Knick,' starring 'Sin City's Clive Owen. Get the first details of the hot new project inside!
While many of us were disheartened to learn that 'True Blood' creator Alan Ball would be stepping down as showrunner for the sixth season of HBO's bloody drama, the news was tempered by the fact that Ball would swiftly return to TV to helm Cinemax's pulpy thriller 'Banshee.' The network kept the project pretty secretive at first, but how would you like to see the first trailer? Is it every bit as bloody, sexy and action-packed as its spiritual predecessor?
Oh Tywin Lannister, is there nothing you don't come across coolly vindictive in? Cinemax's UK action thriller 'Strike Back' barrels toward the sixth episode of its season tonight, and if you haven't strapped in for this explosive Friday thriller, you're missing out! With Mossad hot on the trail of Stonebridge and Scott, Conrad Knox ('Game of Thrones' Charles Dance) unveils his deadly plans, but what happens when his home comes under attack?
Admittedly, we haven't paid too much attention to the development of Alan Ball's first post-'True Blood' project, that of the upcoming Cinemax thriller 'Banshee.' Cinemax's star has been on the rise following development of their stable of original series, from sexy noir thriller 'Femme Fatales' to action-drama 'Strike Back,' and even the upcoming 'Transporter' adaptation. So what can we learn from the first teaser for 'Banshee'?
Clever, we know. We'd more or less forgotten that the 'Transporter' coming to Cinemax as a 12-episode TV series was even a thing, considering the last major news we heard was the show casting Chris Vance as its eponymous driver in May of 2011, followed by an on-set injury and a number of creative overhauls. Even the release of the series' first trailer seems curiously quite all things considered, but without further ado...'Transporter!' It has cars.