Banshee640Antony Starr must be doing something right – his American series Banshee has been picked up for a second season.

Cinemax has ordered a second batch of episodes for 2014 less than a month since the show premiered.

The kiwi actor features as the lead in the drama series, which Hollywood Reporter critic Tim Goodman described as “taut, entertaining and smart”.

Starr plays Lucas Hood, an ex-con who assumes the identity of a murdered sheriff in a small town and goes about serving his own brand of justice among other things. Continue reading »

Two days after the show aired on SoHo and 24 hours after they requested HBO stop breaching their licensing agreement, Sky have this morning emailed their subscribers:

Let SoHo seduce you with a special catch up of the first episode on Banshee on and Sky On Demand FREE* to all SKY Domestic subscribers with the Basic package.

From Alan Ball, the mastermind behind Six Feet Under and True Blood, comes an original action series, Banshee.

The dangerous drama stars New Zealand’s own Antony Starr (Outrageous Fortune) as Lucas Hood, an ex-con and master thief who assumes the identity of the sheriff of Banshee, a small Amish town in Pennsylvania. As Hood continues his criminal activities, he is hunted by the numerous shadowy gangsters he has betrayed in earlier years. Continue reading »

While Sky spent yesterday pointlessly shooting itself in the feet over the global availability of the Banshee pilot, a drama paid for and commissioned by US cable network Cinemax, TVNZ has revealed that from Monday, they will be debuting the prequel to Sex and the City, The Carrie Diaries, on TVNZondemand.

TVNZ, which will be broadcasting The Carrie Diaries later in the year, will make episodes available via their ondemand service within a week of its US release.

This unprecedented move is the exact type of scenario that a, dare I say it, forward looking television broadcaster would take in order to stem revenue loss from content being sourced elsewhere.

Sky TV has admitted to the NBR that they were the ones that tipped off HBO that the first episode of Banshee was available for everyone in the world to see.

“Yes we pointed out the error. I’m sure they would have realised before long,”

Wonderful.  Backward looking stupidity that will win them no friends.

An opportunity to generate some positive buzz from what was perceived as marketing genius and the eventual arrival of the future of television is now nothing more than a giant cock up.

I get that there are rights issues but it’s incredibly stingy and detrimental to deliberately undermine the goodwill generated by an apparent “mistake”.  Why they didn’t just roll with it and gather some insight is simply beyond me. Continue reading »

While HBO switched on the geoblocking for YouTube, thanks to the star of the show, we now know it’s still available for non-US viewers on Cinemax’s own site.  Best be quick if you want to watch it.

We had published the official full episode of Banshee from Youtube but the powers that be have swung the axe and enforced that God-forsaken geoblocking technology.  While non-cable subscribers can still view the episode in the US for free, it is now only available via iSky to Sky subscribers.

The things you can do when you’re a monopoly and have no reason to be innovative.

Like others, we had assumed it was a brilliant marketing strategy to generate global buzz to drive viewers to subscribe.  As it turns out, it was just a stupid mistake by someone who has probably now been fired, or at least, yelled out.

Outrageous Fortune’s Antony Starr plays a crook turned cop in the new US cable drama Banshee.  It’s fantastic.  He’s more Jethro than he is Van and it’s easy to see why he picked up the lead role.

Banshee started on SoHo last night but the US cable network, Cinemax, has put the entire episode online for free!  Well done.  May everyone else follow suit.

Warning: This is NSFW viewing

It’s not all that often we get the chance to see a Kiwi actor or actress take the lead role in a big new American drama series.

Therefore it’s pretty exciting that Outrageous Fortune’s Antony Starr will hit American screens in Alan Ball’s new series Banshee on Friday night, with Kiwi viewers able to see him in action from Tuesday, January 15 on SoHo.

The series centres on ex-con/martial arts expert Lucas (Starr) who seeks his own form of justice while posing as a murdered sheriff in Banshee, a small Amish town in Pennsylvania. Continue reading »