10:11am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Cinemax's 'Banshee' Renewed for Fourth Season
Cinemax is wasting little time in renewing one of its most-well-known series.
The HBO sibling has picked up Banshee for a fourth season, the cable network announced Thursday.
Unlike previous seasons, the fourth cycle will only consist of eight episodes — down two from its first three runs. The drama from exec producers Alan Ball and Greg Yaitanes will return in 2016.
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The news comes as Banshee, starring Antony Starr, is midway through its current, third run, airing Fridays at 10 p.m.
Returning cast and crewmembers will be announced at a later date.
Exec producers include Ball, Yaitanes, Jonathan Tropper, Peter Macdissi and Adam Targum. For his part, True Blood vet Ball also has Fame-like period-drama pilot Virtuoso, exec produced by Macdissi as well as Elton John, in the works at HBO.
For Cinemax, Banshee is part of a roster of original dramas including Strike Back, currently in its fourth and final season; as well as The Knick; and recently ordered entry Quarry. The cabler also has The Walking Dead writer Robert Kirkman's Outcast, based on his latest exorcism comic book of the same name, in the works.