Oct 12, 2011
Tradecraft: Strike Back Strikes Back Again
Deadline reports that Cinemax has picked up Strike Back for a second season, which will be the show's third overall, counting its superior first season in the UK. (Though, to be fair, that version was almost a completely different show with a different cast.) In keeping with Strike Back's history of killing off leads, the cable network has not revealed next season's cast, meaning that nobody is safe until the first Cinemax season wraps up on October 21. According to the trade blog, production on the new season will begin in South Africa early next year. UK producing partners Left Bank and Sky are back on board (with Sky again set to air the series in Britain), as are executive producers Andy Harries and Huw Kennair-Jones, producer Michael Casey, head of production Marigo Kehoe, directors Bill Eagles and Paul Wilmshurst, and writer Tony Saint. Saint will write "a number of episodes" as well as co-executive producing. Glaringly absent from that list of returning personnel is EP Frank Spotnitz (writer of nearly half the episodes this year), who recently defected to another Cinemax spy show, Nemesis, starring Melissa George.
Read my review of Cinemax's Strike Back here.
Read my review of the original UK version of Strike Back here.