First Look: Banshee
By Jerry Portwood
Alan Ball created one of the guiltiest pleasures with his vampire soap opera True Blood on HBO. Now he's attached his name to Banshee, a Cinemax original series that may make the premium cable channel a destination for viewing when it premieres on January 11, with its mix of Breaking Bad-meets-Sopranos. Or as Ball describes glibly: "Your typical pastoral American town with a dark, seedy underbelly of sex and violence and greed and impossible love.”
Starring cutie Antony Starr (Rush), the trailer seems to promise lots of rural sexiness that will combine Amish—and skinheads. It will also include actor Hoon Lee as a crossdressing vigilante named Job (pictured).
As Ball explains: “The town of Banshee itself had just as complex a history: Mythic small-town America…original tribal lands of the Kinaho Indians…new-world home to the old-world ways of the Pennsylvania Dutch. Drug dealers. Neo-Nazi skinheads. Ukrainian gangsters. Dumb rednecks. Bad-ass Asian cross-dressers.”
A Cinemax spokseperson says Job has "got a sharp tongue and a quick wit—kind of like Banshee’s answer to Lafayette from True Blood... Job starts the series in dark, heavy make-up and draping dresses, but as events force him on the road he struggles with changing his look to blend in with his surroundings.”
Check out the trailer below: