Alan Ball's ‘Banshee’ Renewed for Season 2 by Cinemax

Second season of Alan Ball's "Banshee" is scheduled to premiere next year

"True Blood" creator Alan Ball's "Banshee" has been renewed for a second season by Cinemax, HBO Miniseries and Cinemax Programming president Kary Antholis said Tuesday.

The show, which is executive produced by Ball, Greg Yaitanes, Jonathan Tropper, David Schickler and Peter Macdissi, premiered on Jan. 11., drawing 483,000 total viewers with its initial 10 p.m. airing, and another 235,000 and 247,000 total viewers with subsequent re-airings that night.

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The series stars Antony Starr as an ex-con and thief who assumes the identity of the sheriff in small-town Banshee, Penn., where he carries on with his criminal activities.

 Ivana Milicevic (“Charlie’s Angels"), Ulrich Thomsen, Frankie Faison, Hoon Lee and Rus Blackwell also star.

In addition to the second season, "Banshee" has also picked up a pair of new writers. While the first season of the series was written by Tropper and Schickler, "Monk" writer John Romano, "Two and a Half Men" writer Evan Dunsky and "Big Love" writer Doug Jung will join Tropper and Schickler for the Season 2.