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Cinemax sets premiere date for Banshee

30823 The new Cinemax action series Banshee will start its ten episode premiere season on January 11th.  The series is executive produced by Jonathan Tropper, David Schickler, Peter Macdissi, Alan Ball and Greg Yaitanes. The series stars Antony Starr (“Rush”) as Lucas Hood, an ex-con and master thief who assumes the identity of the sheriff of Banshee, Pa., where he continues his criminal activities, even as he’s hunted by the shadowy gangsters he betrayed years earlier. The production was shot in and around Charlotte, NC. The series also stars: Ivana Milicevic (“Charlie’s Angels,” HBO’s “Mind of the Married Man”) as Carrie Hopewell, Hood’s former partner in crime, who now lives in Banshee under an assumed identity with her new family, who know nothing of her past; Ulrich Thomsen (“The Celebration”) as Kai Proctor, an intimidating, wealthy local businessman who believes he is above the law; Frankie Faison (“The Good Wife,” HBO’s “The Wire”) as Sugar Bates, a wise, powerful former boxer and ex-con who now owns the local watering hole; Hoon Lee (“Premium Rush”) as Job, a dangerous transvestite computer hacker who assists Lucas in his criminal enterprises; Rus Blackwell (“Burn Notice,” HBO’s “Recount”).
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Psych renewed for season 8

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With the premiere of Season 7 of Psych just around the corner, the USA Network has announced that they have renewed the series for an eighth season. Psych will now be the networks longest running series and will hit its 100th episode during season 7. “Psych is one of those rarities – a show that continues to grow its fan base season after season, with exceptional storytelling, a consistently inspired cast and talented guest stars,” said McCumber and Wachtel.  “We thought Shawn Spencer would have seen this coming….” Psych returns for its seventh season on Wednesday, February 27 at 10/9c
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Hannibal adds Gillian Anderson to cast

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The cast of the upcoming NBC drama Hannibal just got a little bit bigger. Already featuring cast members Eddie Izzard, Gina Torres, Molly Shannon, Ellen Greene and Chelan Simmons..the series now has added X-files alum Gillian Anderson for a multi-episode arc. According to Entertainment WeeklyGillian will play Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier who is the therapist for Hannibal Lecter. At the time of this report, no premiere date has been set.
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AMC greenlights two new scripted series

“Halt & Catch Fire” From AMC Studios, Created by Chris Cantwell & Chris Rodgers,

Executive Producer Mark Johnson (“Breaking Bad,” Diner, Rain Man)

and Melissa Bernstein (“Breaking Bad”)

“Turn” From AMC Studios, Written by Craig Silverstein (“Nikita”)

Executive Producer Barry Josephson (“Bones,” Enchanted)

AMC announced today pilot orders for scripted dramas “Halt & Catch Fire” and “Turn.” Production on both is scheduled for 2013. This announcement comes on the heels of the network’s last round of pilot orders for “Low Winter Sun” and the “Untitled LaGravenese/Tony Goldwyn project,” both of which recently completed production. “These additional pilot orders demonstrate AMC's investment in our original scripted programming,” said Susie Fitzgerald, AMC’s SVP of scripted development and current programming. “Both of these projects take the audience into unique worlds through compelling characters told with an original voice. We are so fortunate to be working with such exceptional talent on both of these projects.” Set in the early 1980s, “Halt & Catch Fire” dramatizes the personal computing boom through the eyes of a visionary, an engineer and a prodigy whose innovations directly confront the corporate behemoths of the time. Their personal and professional partnership will be challenged by greed and ego while charting the changing culture in Texas' Silicon Prairie. From AMC Studios, “Halt & Catch Fire” is created by Chris Cantwell and Chris Rodgers. Mark Johnson (“Breaking Bad,” Diner, Rain Man) and Melissa Bernstein (“Breaking Bad”) from Gran Via Productions serve as executive producers. Based on the book “Washington’s Spies,” written by Alexander Rose, “Turn” is set in the summer of 1778 and tells the story of  New York farmer, Abe Woodhull, who bands together with a group of childhood friends to form The Culper Ring, an unlikely group of spies who turn the tide in America’s fight for independence. “Turn,” also from AMC Studios, is written by showrunner Craig Silverstein (“Nikita”) and executive produced by Barry Josephson (“Bones,” Enchanted) from Josephson Entertainment. AMC’s EVP of original programming, production and digital content Joel Stillerman, Susie Fitzgerald, and Jason Fisher, SVP of production, will oversee the pilots’ development and production.
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Downton Abbey renewed for season 4

The third season finale of the very popular series Downton Abbey aired three weeks ago in the UK on ITV, but the third season doesn't start until early next year in the United States. That being said, the ITV has renewed the series for a fourth season. This was first reported by TVLineAlthough there has been no official announcement from PBS, it's pretty much a certainty that they will indeed air the fourth season as well. Excited by the renewal, executive producer Gareth Neame said , “Viewers can look forward to more drama, comedy, love, hatred, jealousy, rivalry, ambition, despair and romance.”  The series has won a  Golden Globe Award for Best Miniseries or Television Film and a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Miniseries. Downton Abbey Season 3 will premiere Jan. 6, 2013 on PBS.
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Sienna Guillory joins cast of Luther

// As reported by TVFanatic, actress Sienna Guillory will join the cast for Season 3 of the popular BBC One series. She will play the owner of a vintage clothing store who will also be a love interest for John Luther. Season 1 consisted of 6 episodes, Season 2 had 4 episodes and now Season 3 will also have 4 episodes. Idris released a short statement for the fans: “I want to thank the fans for waiting so patiently for the new season. We’re thrilled to deliver it to you. Here comes John!” Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks!
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666 Park Avenue and Last Resort cancelled by ABC

Two more shows have joined the growing list of freshman shows that have been cancelled. According to TVWise, ABC has decided to pull the plug on both 666 Park Avenue and Last Resort. Both shows will finish their initial order of 13 episodes.

Both shows got off to shaky starts on the network with 666 Park Avenue drawing the lowest ratings between the two series. Right now the network is not sure what shows will replace them. To find out more details on these cancellations, head on over to TVWise!
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Could The X-files be coming to Blu-ray?

According to Bill Hunt over at The Digital Bits, there is a very good chance that it could happen. The X-files ran from 1993-2002 on the FOX network and became a pop culture phenomenon. Over the years there have been rumors about the show coming to Blu-ray. The series continues to have a strong fan base and there is no doubt that although not confirmed, it would be welcomed news to the fans! Click here to read more and stay tuned to this site for any updates! //
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Hunted to be resurrected by Cinemax?

Looks like its been a busy couple of days for Hunted show creator  Frank Spotnitz. Just a couple of days ago, it was reported by several news outlets that BBC One decided to cancel the freshman series after a steady decline in the show's ratings. It started off with a very strong 4.5 million viewers, but a steady decrease in its audience led to the decision. There was alot of uncertainty as to what would happen to the show since it was a joint venture between BBC One and Cinemax. Then today as reported over at Deadline.com  Cinemax is looking at a new incarnation of the spy thriller to air on its network. The network is working with Frank Spotnitz and Melissa George to continue the series. Kary Antholis, President, HBO Miniseries and Cinemax Programming said recently,  "We are making plans with creator and executive producer Frank Spotnitz and star Melissa George to present a new chapter in the Sam Hunter mythology and we are very pleased with what Hunted has done for Cinemax’s brand and are very excited about what lies ahead." Stay tuned to Pop Culture Principle for any new updates on the series.
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Netflix to revive The Killing?

Some potentially good news for fans of the AMC series The Killing. According to TV Fanatic, AMC is working on a deal with Netflix to bring the series back for a third season.  The deal would most likely be similar to the one for Friday Night Lights, with the third season first airing on AMC. Stay tuned for more news on this developing story....
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