8:45am PT by Kimberly Nordyke
'Banshee' Renewed for Third Season at Cinemax
Cinemax has renewed Banshee for a third season.
The network said Thursday that season three will debut in 2015. It's currently airing its second season at 10 p.m. on Fridays.
The series centers on Lucas Hood (Antony Starr), an ex-con and master thief who tracks down Carrie Hopewell (Ivana Milicevic), his former lover and partner in crime, who has reinvented herself as the wife of the Banshee, Pa., prosecutor. In Banshee, Hood assumes the identity of the town's sheriff and continues his criminal activities, even as he's hunted by the shadowy gangsters he betrayed years earlier.
The series counts True Blood's Alan Ball, Jonathan Tropper, David Schickler, Peter Macdissi and House’s Greg Yaitanes as executive producers.
Banshee recently enjoyed a series high for a first-run episode, averaging just shy of 500,000 viewers in its Jan. 10 sophomore return. The series, like most pay cable fare, sees its bigger lifts in time-shifting and views on other platforms. The first season of Banshee averaged 727,000 viewers in live-plus-7, easily eclipsing previous Cinemax original efforts.
In September, Banshee received a Primetime Emmy for special visual effects.
Coming up, Cinemax has other original drama efforts, such as The Knick, directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring Clive Owen, which debuts in the summer. Meanwhile, action series Strike Back is filming its fourth and final season.
Michael O'Connell contributed to this report.