'Banshee's' Anthony Starr: The Amish 'are so hot right now'

"I spent 15 years picturing this day, and I got to tell you, this is not how I saw it playing out," Lucas Hood (played by Antony Starr, "Rush") tells his ex-lover -- understating things just a little -- on the new Cinemax action drama "Banshee," premiering Friday, Jan. 11.Immediately upon his release from state prison, Lucas has a busy day that would tucker out any ex-con. He hits a bar, steals a car, gets in a chase and shootout in Manhattan, boosts a motorcycle, stalks his ex-lover in the rural Pennsylvania Dutch town that gives the series its title, and kills two guys in a bar fight. Oh, and by nightfall, he's the town's sheriff.The premise of the show -- executive produced by Alan Ball ("Six Feet Under," "True Blood") -- may seem a little preposterous and over the top, but that's what makes it incredibly engrossing and a lot of fun. Like its...

'Banshee' Boss on Cinemax Thriller: 'There's Nothing Like It on Television Right Now' (Q&A)

Executive producer Greg Yaitanes chats with THR about the perks of being on a subscriber-reliant network, the blurred ethical lines and expectations of additional seasons ("We have one edict: Go with every season as though it's the last").

Banshee: Cinemax Blends Sexy Pulp with a Tragic Love Story

When choosing his next television project, former House   executive producer Greg Yaitanes simply wanted to get out of a hospital.  And so, he landed on Banshee , the latest sexy, pulpy thriller in Cinemax's expanding slate of original programming. Also produced by True Blood creator Alan Ball , the show takes its title from the quiet Pennsylvania town in which it's set. But the relative calm of the rural Amish country locale is quickly upset when a recently freed ex-con ( Antony Starr ) comes to town and, in a violent twist of fate, assumes the identity of the new town sheriff Lucas Hood. Even though Yaitanes was looking to get away from lupus and lab coats, he says he found more similarities between Banshee and House than he first considered. "Lucas Hood and Gregory House both play by their own rules, and both characters are emotionally immature," he tells "They've been stunted in a moment in time...

Banshee (Cinemax) “Pilot” Episode 1

Banshee  “Pilot” episode 1 premieres Friday, January 11th at 10:00pm on Cinemax. Synopsis: In a bizarre twist of fate, a recently paroled master thief (Antony Starr) assumes the identity of Lucas Hood, sheriff-in-waiting of Banshee, Pa., the same town where his former partner and lover (Ivana Milicevic), who changed her name to Carrie, relocated and remarried years ago. Keeping his history a secret as he awaits forged papers from Job (Hoon Lee), an unlikely New York City ally, Lucas befriends boxer-turned-bartender Sugar Bates (Frankie Faison), and settles into his new life as Banshee’s sheriff, overseeing deputies Emmett Yawners (Demetrius Grosse), Siobahn Kelly (Trieste Kelly Dunn) and Brock Lotus (Matt Servitto). READ MORE...