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Strike Back: Cinemax Series Renewed for Season Three (Four)

Cinemax TV show Strike BackCinemax has picked up Strike Back, their action TV series, for a third season of 10 episodes. They’ll shoot in South Africa and Hungary and are expected to begin airing in 2013.

Though this will be the third season on Cinemax, it will be the fourth season produced. The cable channel opted not to purchase or air the first season of of Strike Back. Six episodes aired in the UK in May 2010.

The Vengeance season of Strike Back is currently airing and is expected to finish on October 12th. The eight installments that have run so far have averaged a 1.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 0.33 million total viewers.

Here’s the press release from the cable channel:


NEW YORK, Oct. 3, 2012 – The Emmy(R)-nominated series STRIKE BACK will return to CINEMAX in 2013 for a third season of ten new episodes, which will shoot in South Africa and Hungary. CINEMAX/HBO will again produce the series with partners Left Bank and Sky, who will air the series in the U.K. Returning for season three will be Left Bank’s Andy Harries as executive producer, series producer Michael Casey and head of production Marigo Kehoe. Sky’s Huw Kennair-Jones will executive produce.

Others returning for season three include director Michael Bassett (“Silent Hill: Revelation 3D”) and writers Simon Burke (“Persuasion”), James Dormer (“MI-5″) and Richard Zajdlic (“EastEnders”). Additional directors and writers will be announced as they are confirmed. Due to plot spoilers in upcoming episodes of season two, the cast of season three will be announced at a later date as well.

Also returning to the drama series for next season are the show’s confidential consultants, who work in the field of counterterrorism. Their expertise is a resource for story, lingo, procedure, accuracy, character development and regional issues, providing a look inside the highly secretive black ops world. They also train the cast in battle tactics, weapons and fighting, as the lead actors do most of their own stunts.

Debuting in 2011, STRIKE BACK was the first collaboration between CINEMAX/HBO and Sky. The first season introduced an unlikely pair of operatives in the stealth counterterrorism unit Section 20: Sgt. Michael Stonebridge (Philip Winchester), an exceptional British Special Forces (SBS) soldier, and the less-conventional Damien Scott (Sullivan Stapleton), a former U.S. Delta Force member. In the second season, currently debuting new episodes Fridays at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT) and concluding its run Oct. 12, the team tracks nuclear triggers stolen by a powerful businessman with dangerous geo-political ambitions, while the two lead characters face personal challenges and contend with the pressures of their high-stress work.

In addition to Philip Winchester (“Crusoe,” “Camelot”) and Sullivan Stapleton (“Animal Kingdom,” the upcoming “Gangster Squad,” “300: The Battle for Artemesia”), season two stars of STRIKE BACK include Rhashan Stone (“Episodes”) and Michelle Lukes (“Alexander”). Season two guest stars include Rhona Mitra (“Underworld: Rise of the Lycans”), Charles Dance (HBO’s “Game of Thrones”), Vincent Regan (“Snow White and the Huntsman”), Liam Garrigan (“Pillars of the Earth”) and Shane Taylor (“Band of Brothers”).

The Los Angeles Times said the show “shoots high with plenty of action and thrills and a simmering bromance that’s fun to watch,” while New York’s Daily News hailed STRIKE BACK as “appointment television for the next 10 weeks” and the Washington Post described it as a “stylish and addictive new counterterrorism series.”

Recently nominated for an Emmy(R) in the category of Outstanding Main Title Design, STRIKE BACK was the first original primetime series on CINEMAX in more than 15 years. The next series to debut will be “Hunted,” launching Oct. 19, starring Golden Globe nominee Melissa George (“In Treatment,” “30 Days of Night”) and created and executive produced by Frank Spotnitz (“The X-Files”), followed in Jan. 2013 by “Banshee,” executive produced by Alan Ball (HBO’s “True Blood”) and Greg Yaitanes (“House”).

For more on the series, please visit, @Cinemax #StrikeBack and

STRIKE BACK is a CINEMAX Presentation in association with British Sky Broadcasting Limited; a Left Bank Pictures Production; executive producers, Andy Harries for Left Bank and Huw Kennair-Jones for Sky; series producer, Michael Casey.

What do you think? Do you like the Strike Back TV series on Cinemax? Are you glad to hear that it will be back?

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

paul June 20, 2014 at 7:38 pm

The best action on TV. I wait for its return with baited breath


kelly October 20, 2013 at 10:49 pm

Love this show, waiting to now see origins. Please keep it going, love Stonebridge and Scott.


Doug July 22, 2013 at 4:05 pm

Love this show! Keep em coming. Just caught up on all the previous episodes (again) and am ready for some new stuff.


Nick March 21, 2013 at 7:03 pm

great show, need the first season shown in the UK here


anonymous February 14, 2013 at 11:08 pm

I absolutely love this series and can’t wait to see the next installment.


Rodger January 27, 2013 at 8:19 pm

Love the series, it’s story line, cast, action and drama. Thanks for getting season 4 and hopeful of many more.


Anonymous January 11, 2013 at 12:11 am

great show


Gina November 12, 2012 at 3:00 pm

I love this show. It’s so well done and the character development is great. I just read that Cinemax chose not to air the first 6 episodes that were made in 2010. I knew something was off when I first started watching it last year…like coming in the middle of a movie or trying to catch up with a series. That almost spoiled it for me, but those boys are so damn cute I just kept looking until I found it. Glad to hear it will be back. I hate the way these cable stations just take away and return shows with no regard to the viewers who are looking forward to the shows.


gary November 8, 2012 at 5:44 pm

Absolutely love the show. It is so intense that it has made me increase my daily aerobics so that I can work out while watching. Wish there were 26 shows.


Dawn beattie October 3, 2012 at 11:16 pm

Fabulous show


Jason October 3, 2012 at 12:06 pm

I’m glad it will be back. They need to keep Rhona Mitra around for a while.


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