Alan Ball to bring new series to Cinemax
August 11th, 2011
11:33 AM ET

Alan Ball to bring new series to Cinemax

"True Blood" creator Alan Ball is about to take you from Bon Temps to "Banshee."

The heralded producer is at work on another show, the L.A. Times reports, this time set in a small town named "Banshee" in Pennsylvania Amish Country. While fans of Ball's vampy HBO series have grown accustomed to his signature mix of sex and the supernatural, this show won't have any magical elements.

Instead, it will focus on a mysterious, martial arts expert ex-con who poses as a murdered sheriff and doles out his own particular kind of justice. (Yeah, we're not quite sure what that means either, but that's the description thus far. Stay tuned!)

Ball will executive produce the series, which will be "darkly comic," according to the Times, for Cinemax, but thankfully it's not expected to get in the way of his "True Blood" schedule. Update, 2:48 p.m.: And speaking of "True Blood" - the HBO show is officially getting a 12-episode fifth season, the network announced today.

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  1. Tiff

    Too bad I dont have skinamax... I liked 6 feet under and True Blood is an obsession! Happy to hear HBO re newed for at least one more year! This season is wonderful! It was my favorite of the books and Alan Ball is amazing at chainging things up so they aren't boring for those who red the books.. I love the twists he puts on things!

    August 13, 2011 at 3:24 am | Report abuse |
  2. ken

    sounds like crap.

    August 11, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. fan

    Has anyone heard of the movie 'High-Plains Drifter' with Clint Eastwood....
    Murdered Sherrif – own brand of justice....

    Just Sayin...

    August 11, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. itsamemario

    this better not mess up my skinemax viewing, i like blonde babes from mars and all the rest..

    August 11, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jenn

    The new show sounds good to me. I loved Six Feet Under, though IMHO True Blood has begun to suck hard (no pun intended). It seems like they're just throwing in every supernatural thing they can think of - there'll probably be freakin' ZOMBIES next season. And let's not forget Alan Ball's great movie, American Beauty.

    August 11, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • SaraC

      Read the books....those supernatural beings exist in the world of True Blood. There are still more supes we have yet to meet in the show that were in the books.

      August 12, 2011 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
  6. Ga Peach

    OK, so I guess I'll subscribe to Cinema also!

    August 11, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. shawn

    It's not appealing subject matter to me personally, but Six Feet Under and True Blood are seriously GREAT shows, so I'll give it a go.

    August 11, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  8. AleciaLee

    erich2112x A beer and a joint sounds good I haven't done either in a long time.

    August 11, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Leafonthewind

    Oooh, dark comedy, my favorite! Something to look forward to.

    August 11, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  10. erich2112x

    I'll definitely check this out cause everything he's done so far has been worth a joint and a beer, so let's keep watching this weird fcker and see what he has in store next.

    August 11, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  11. hollywood sucks

    Portalpunk is really that cheefe dude

    August 11, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Basturd out of Carolina


    August 11, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. A.D.

    Where is Portalpunk?

    August 11, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  14. cheefsfury


    August 11, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • WTHH

      Congratulations on being first, sorry no prize. Thanks for mentioning Six Feet Under. One of the best series and THE best series my opinion.

      August 11, 2011 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • jesse

      Nope, we won't forget he done did it. Thanks, Jed.

      August 11, 2011 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |

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