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'True Blood's' Alan Ball on His New Show on 'Skinemax'
The buzzed-about pulp thriller series Banshee, debuting Jan. 11, originally was developed by Alan Ball for HBO, home to his True Blood.
But the network passed on the small-town drama, and its sluttier sister, Cinemax -- beginning to experiment with its own prestige-minded original programming -- picked it up.
"I never felt like, 'Skinemax, that's a step down,' " says Ball. "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."