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I just saw a promo commercial for Strike Back on Cinemax. It looks good.

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Cinemax Is Original Drama Player: Partners With Sky For 'Strike Back' Action Series
Wednesday, February 09, 2011 by Nellie A.


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HBO's sibling pay-cable channel Cinemax is venturing into original programming with its first scripted primetime drama, Strike Back, a 10-hour action series it will co-produce with British satcaster Sky and U.K.-based Left Bank Pictures (The Special Relationship). The project, written by The X-Files alum Frank Spotnitz and British TV writer Richard Zadjlic (EastEnders), is inspired by the Sky series Strike Back, which in turn was based on Chris Ryan's book of the same name. That series, produced by Left Bank Pictures, premiered last summer and starred Richard Armitage as John Porter, former British Special Forces soldier drafted back into service by MI6. The Cinemax/Sky version will have new settings/storylines and will introduce new characters, led by Damien Scott (Animal Kingdom's Sullivan Stapleton), a charismatic former U.S. Special Forces operative who teams up with a British military unit led by Section 20 officer Michael Stone bridge (Fringe's Philip Winchester) to stop an international terrorist group. The series is slated to film in South Africa and Hungary from Feb-July 2011 for a premiere on Cinemax in the summer. Executive producing are Left Bank's Andy Harries and Sky1's Elaine Pyke, with Dan Percival (HBO’s Dirty War) and Spotnitz co-exec producing and Michael Casey producing. Percival, Bill Eagles and Alex Holmes will direct.

While HBO has built its brand on strong original series, this marks the first major primetime scripted series effort for Cinemax, whose original series fare to date has been mostly in the late-night adult entertainment arena. (In the 1980s, the network gave a short run to the British-produced sci-fi series Max Headroom, and last July, it ordered late-night anthology series Femme Fatales) Word is Cinemax is considering doing more scripted originals, mostly high-octane, sexy dramas, with a co-production model like the one with Sky on Strike Back as one way to do them. HBO and Sky are already in business together through their deal last summer that makes Sky the exclusive home for HBO programming in the U.K.

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Bump. I knew I created it

To be fair, I did one search on avsforum and did not find any results.
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Saw the originals last year, lots of action, nothing deep, but entertaining nonetheless.
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Lots of action indeed.

We will see how Cinemax does with this program.

I'm looking forward to it. :beer:
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This series is scheduled to begin "This Summer", but I can't find a date. Anybody know?

I just saw a Cinemax preview followed by a tentative date.
Strike Back will premier on Friday, August 12, 2011.

They're having the premier on a Friday? I would assume a Sunday or Monday night slot would yield more ratings.

It could possible be considered spoilers, but here is the official? trailer.
'Strike Back Tease (Cinemax)'
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlEhORPmriE
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Yeah, I saw the date. Worries me just a little bit the way they have handled the release. But I trust any original series on an HBO run channel, if for no other reasons than no commercials.

I can only hope it is a buddy (WILD WILD WEST, ADAM 12 for examples) show rather than again catering to a so called female audience.

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A reminder that this show debuts Friday at 10pm on Cinemax. It just might be worth the hype.

EDIT: My post should have read Friday, August 12th at 10.

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The series premier was tonight. I was out so I did not catch it live. How was it?
I'll watch it this weekend and report back.
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The series premier was tonight. I was out so I did not catch it live. How was it?
I'll watch it this weekend and report back.

A lot of fun.

However, I suspect it might be 2.0 audio flagged as 5.1 . The subwoofer never kicked in like on Torchwood.
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I enjoyed it. Looking forward to the next episode. The british agent is SO much better in this than he was in Camelot.
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underwhelmed.

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The wife and I liked it.

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Just watched it and I really liked it. My season pass is set

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I just watched it. I really enjoyed it.

Seems like the majority of the people enjoyed it.

Can't wait for Showtime's version with the series "Homeland".
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My expectations were pretty low for this I have to admit, but I quite thoroughly enjoyed it. I had thought that there was a danger of going overly-macho with the dialogue and cliched one-liners with this series based on the highlights I had seen prior to the pilot, but that was kept to somewhat of a minimum on the pilot anyway. The acting seems pretty good and the writing was sharp IMO. I will be recording this series and hopefully enjoying the rest of the episodes as much as I did the pilot...
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I made it through 14 minutes and couldn't take any more. Meh... Time's to precious for this one.

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Nielsen Notes
Solid Start For 'Strike Back' On Cinemax
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - August 15th, 2011

Cinemax's first primetime original series, actioner Strike Back, got off to a promising start Friday, drawing 567,000 viewers for its premiere 10 PM across Cinemax's universe of 16.7 million homes. That was Cinemax's best ratings performance in the time slot in six years, since a broadcast of Titanic in 2005. Including the 11 PM and 12 AM repeats, Strike Back averaged 1.1 million viewers. The debut of Strike Back was on par with the 2010 premiere of Starz's Spartacus: Blood and Sand, which drew 659,000 viewers in the same Friday 10 PM slot when available in 21.6 million homes. Of the more recent pay cable premieres, Strike Back was comparable to Showtime's Episodes and Starz's Torchwood: Miracle Day when the channels' distribution is taken into account. Here is a list of recent pay cable premieres:



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Eh ... was ok, liked it more than I thought I would. OTOH, could they have possibly been more obvious about who the head "bad-dude" was? Zero surprise at the ending.
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Nielsen Notes (Cable)
For Cinemax, a strike in the right direction
Debut of its first original series averages 567,000 viewers
By Toni Fitzgerald, Media Life Magazine - August 17th, 2011

Netflix has the entire cable industry spooked over fears of cord-cutting, where consumers drop their cable service in favor watching shows and movies online.

And most spooked by far are the pay cable networks, which show the same movies Netflix offers months after they're available on the paid rental service.

So perhaps it's no surprise that the pay cable networks are pushing harder than ever into original content, stuff that can't be found anywhere else but on their TV channel.

HBO and Showtime have been developing original content for decades, but now the other pay cable networks are also getting into it.

Cinemax premiered its first-ever original primetime scripted series last week to solid numbers. The action drama Strike Back drew 567,000 total viewers in Friday's 10 p.m. premiere, according to Nielsen.

That's a decent number considering Cinemax is in just 16.7 million households. It marked the network's biggest audience in that timeslot since the movie Titanic aired in 2005.

In subsequent repeats at 11 p.m. and 12 a.m., Strike drew more than 500,000 viewers combined.

The series is quite obviously aimed at the action crowd.

In a review, Media Life TV critic Tom Conroy wrote:

"It may be that the British accents, which usually signal quality to American viewers, trick us into expecting depth and nuance when the show is merely intended to entertain us with guns, explosions, a little sex, hissable villains and likable heroes. Viewers looking for nothing more than the latter elements will be amply rewarded."

Strike drew fewer viewers than Starz' Torchwood: Miracle Day, which debuted to 819,000 last month. But Starz is in 34.7 million homes, more even than HBO at 30.2 million.

These premieres come after a recent report from SNL Kagan that cord-cutting is on the rise as more and more TV shows become available online.

The dragging economy has only sped things up. People can dump their cable or satellite plan, then subscribe to Hulu, Netflix or one of the other paid content providers for a fraction of the price.

To combat the draw of online rental services, pay cable networks are looking for ways to add value to what they offer. Original programming is one way.

These series are available only to subscribers, unlike some of the other cable shows that can be accessed for free on Hulu or network sites.

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Tremendous episode tonight. Definitely some "jaw dropping" scenes.

I'm liking the two main characters.
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This is just extremely entertaining It's got great action and production values, spies, twists, good acting, storylines dealing with current and past events in Pakistan, Iraq, etc. It's shot to the top of my must view live list lol I watch everything later on my dvr except for stuff I have to watch live. Right now that's Breaking Bad and Strike Back. Great episode again!

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Eh ... was ok, liked it more than I thought I would. OTOH, could they have possibly been more obvious about who the head "bad-dude" was? Zero surprise at the ending.
Well hopefully you were at least a bit surprised after tonight's episode!
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Very sharp episode 2. Very intriguing. Taught, well written (except the part where they let Mahmood get in a car with a supposed Pakistani ISI agent without questioning or even attempting a debriefing), great production values and very very exciting. I am really happy to have found this show. I hope it sticks around. ..
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This show is great. It's like a rated R version of 24.
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i enjoy it also. it's like a 45min. action movie.
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I liked what I saw in the first 2 eps. except for the guys having the tables turned on them a couple of times, getting disarmed, then getting guns back, etc. Seems to me they could have kept the tension ratcheted up without that bit of unreality. I'm pretty sure they would have been shot...they'd demonstrated they were too dangerous to be taken hostage.

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Gotta say, I think it's pretty good. Not very many logic-challenged moves or superhuman tricks to 'explain' their way out of a situation. Much better writing than some of the other shows (Falling Skies, IMO) that simply defy credibility. Sure, there's a bit of 24/James Bond type stuff, but it's done with some flair and skill. I like what I've seen so far. It almost has the feel of The Unit with more budget and less wives.

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The Unit - yes. Good comparison. Just 'R' rated
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I liked The Unit and see the similarity. The action sequences in many of TU eps were better than what I just saw in SB. I'll give it a chance.

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Well hopefully you were at least a bit surprised after tonight's episode!
Not really ... they pretty much telegraphed the ending (at least the part where the Pakistani intel guy was the real Latif) ... and it was clear that the woman was going to turn out to be Mahmood by the end of the first episode.
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