Nov 16, 2012
Tradecraft: Hunted Gets Reconfigured for Second Season on Cinemax, but Not BBC
Hunted, starring Melissa George (Alias), has earned a second season from its American network, but not its British one. I don't get Cinemax, so I have yet to see the show myself, but the reviews in America seemed decidedly more positive than those in Britain, so that might partially explain the networks' differing decisions. Ironically, it was the BBC who initially commissioned the eight-episode series, and Cinemax only came aboard after the fact as the American distributor. Because of that arrangement, Deadline reports that "continuing the series in its current form proved impossible without partner BBC. That has led to Cinemax brass looking for another way to keep the premise and the Sam Hunter character alive while also assuming greater creative control." So the series will undergo some changes in its second Cinemax season, which might possibly amount to a new title, a change of location (without a UK company on board, will the production remain based in London?) and cast changes (though George will remain). Additionally, the trade blog reminds us that "for a pay cable network, doing a series with a public broadcaster like the BBC imposes certain restrictions on the content." Considering this is Cinemax, and considering their brand (think Strike Back), I would hazard that that translates to "expect more nudity." But this is all speculation on my part. All the cable network will promise, at the moment, is that "We are making plans with creator and executive producer Frank Spotnitz and star Melissa George to present a new chapter in the Sam Hunter mythology."