In February 2015, Banshee was renewed for a fourth and final season of 8 episodes. This was two fewer than the 10 episodes in each of the first three seasons. Originally scheduled to premiere on January 29, 2016, the start of the season was delayed to April 1, 2016.
Banshee is an American action television series created by Jonathan Tropper and David Schickler originally aired on the Cinemax network from January 11, 2013, to May 20, 2016, over four seasons, comprising a total of 38 episodes.
The series was developed as part of Cinemax's drive to develop original content. A 10-episode second season debuted in January 2014. Banshee was renewed for a third season that same month, which debuted in January 2015. In February 2015, the series was renewed for an eight-episode fourth and final season. The final episode aired on May 20, 2016.
Banshee is part of Cinemax's attempt to expand its original programming content, and it joins Strike Back (joining as a co-producer from season 2 onwards) and Sandbox. Banshee premiered on January 11, 2013.
The show was first revealed in August 2011, when it was announced that Alan Ball would produce the crime drama. Ball helped develop the project alongside creators Jonathan Tropper and David Schickler. Banshee was originally set up at Cinemax owner HBO, but moved to Cinemax when it was decided to increase original programming on that network. By August, Cinemax was finalizing casting and financial details with the intention of filming in Spring 2012 in North Carolina. In January 2012, Cinemax ordered ten episodes for the show's first season, with the first episode being directed by Greg Yaitanes. In March 2012, Servitto, Dunn and Owens were cast as, respectively, Brock Lotus, Siobhan Kelly, and Mayor Dan Kendall. Later that month, Starr was cast as lead character Lucas Hood, alongside Grosse as deputy Emmett Yawners, Thomsen as Kai Proctor, Lee as Job, and Milicevic as Carrie Hopewell. Simmons was cast in April as Proctor's niece, Rebecca Bowman, an Amish girl who lives a rebellious double life, and in August 2012, Odette Annable was cast in the recurring role of Nola Longshadow, a Native American assassin. Tropper, Schickler, Ball, Yaitanes and Peter Macdissi serve as executive producers.
On January 29, 2013, Cinemax renewed Banshee for a 10-episode second season which premiered on January 10, 2014. The season's opening action set piece featuring Milicevic, Starr, and Lee, performing a high-speed heist, was filmed across five miles of closed highway. Tropper originally wrote the scene for the show's accompanying graphic novel, Banshee Origins which follows the trio sixteen years earlier, but he decided that it would be an interesting live action stunt. The season finale's shoot out was filmed inside a church in Harlem, New York. The scene was shot over three days.
For the first three seasons, filming took place mainly in the Mooresville, North Carolina area. In addition to Mooresville, other area locations were used including Huntersville, Mount Ulla, Lincolnton, Salisbury, Charlotte, Monroe, Gastonia and Waxhaw. Because North Carolina's legislature chose not to continue tax credits for filming movies and TV series, the show moved to the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area, centering in the suburb of Vandergrift, Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania has continued to offer tax incentives.
The first season of Banshee received a 66% score on Rotten Tomatoes, an average rating of 6.10/10, sampled from 35 reviews. The website's critics consensus reads, \"Its trappings are nothing new and Its lurid combination of violence and sex will likely turn away some viewers, but Banshee can be entertaining in some distinctive ways.\" Seasons 2, 3, and 4 received scores of 94%, 100%, and 100% respectively. On Metacritic it has a weighted average score of 66/100 based on reviews from 29 critics, indicating \"generally favorable reviews.\"
The Wall Street Journal critic Dorothy Rabinowitz wrote, \"Its smartness comes shining through despite the claptrap (none worse than the parade of sex scenes, soft-porn variety, whose noisiness is exceeded only by their unconvincingness); its story, littered with intriguingly repellent characters, like Kai Proctor (Ulrich Thomsen), local evil tycoon, grows ever more enticing\". The San Francisco Chronicle said about Banshee, \"It has a solid pedigree. It's also part of Cinemax's effort to expand its original programming. That effort pays off with Banshee\". The A.V. Club included season 3 on its list of the best TV of 2015, describing it as \"upping the emotional stakes to almost unbearable levels.\"
Season one of Banshee drew Cinemax's then-highest ratings for an original series, averaging 433,000 viewers per episode and 727,000 in the 7 days after each episode was released. The season finale drew 455,000 viewers during its initial screening and 655,000 during its repeat, the largest audience ever, at the time, for a Cinemax original series, and the third-highest ratings achieved by Banshee at that point.
The second season exceeded the first's successes. The season's fifth episode, \"The Truth about Unicorns\", set a series record with 591,000 viewers during its original airing. The season finale also set a new record, with 733,000 viewers, and a total of 968,000 for the evening including repeat showings.
Season 4 is the fourth and final season of Banshee. It was officially announced July 29, 2015, by Michael Lombardo, president of HBO Programming. The season consists of eight episodes. Season 4 premiered on April 1, 2016.
I just finished season four of Banshee, the final one, and while I thought it was a solid ending and enjoyed how the character arcs for most everybody concluded, the season was far weaker the superb three. Did Cinemax cut the budget significantly for this season The only major action set pieces this season were the gunfight at Carrie's house, which was great, but everything else was much smaller scale and less over the top compared to the wild as all hell season three, which featured numerous memorable action sequences. In some ways I liked the move to more low key murder mystery plot, but the I felt the lack of a really explosive finale was just so odd for a show that has been billed from the beginning as an action series. Even the final fight between Hood and Burton was pretty unremarkable, and didn't compare to any of the series' highlights like Carrie vs. Olek, Hood vs. Proctor, Burton vs. Nola (possibly the best one on one fight in TV history), or any of the showdowns between Hood and Chayton.
The look was the highlight of this episode for me. I apologize that this recap/review is more of a ramble but a great television series or movie will make you ramble and dig deeper into what is going on. In its fourth and final season, Banshee is finding new ways to blow me away. Bravo!
There was initially talk, and hope, that the production would return for filming a fifth season, but the series was ended with the fourth. Props, costumes and other property from the show were sold during a public wrap sale in August and September 2015.
Banshee will return for its eight-episode fourth and final season January 29, 2016, exclusively on Cinemax. Alan Ball, Greg Yaitanes, Jonathan Tropper, Peter Macdissi, Adam Targum and Ole Christian Madsen will executive produce. Check out the Banshee Season 4 trailer below!
It appears Cinemax and Amazon could have a similar arrangement that brings Cinemax shows and their seasons of their shows to Amazon two years after they air. Banshee Season 2 premiered on Cinemax in 2014, and the season was added to Amazon Prime Video in 2016.
Her paternal grandmother, Lorraine, was a banshee who never knew about her abilities which lead everyone to believe she was insane, but she and Lydia appeared to have a close relationship. She would read The Little Mermaid to Lydia and thought it was cute when her granddaughter wanted to be called Ariel.
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