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'True Blood's' Alan Ball on His New Show on 'Skinemax'

Merle Ginsberg & Gary Baum
January 10, 2013
'True Blood's' Alan Ball on His New Show on 'Skinemax'
'True Blood's' Alan Ball on His New Show on 'Skinemax'

This story first appeared in the Jan. 18 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

Buzzed-about new pulp thriller series Banshee, debuting Jan. 11, originally was developed by Alan Ball for HBO, home to his True Blood.

But the network didn't pick up the small-town drama and its sluttier sister, Cinemax -- beginning to experiment with its own prestige-minded original programming -- picked it up.

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"I never felt like 'Skinemax, that's a step down,' " says Ball. "If [the executives] are looking to redefine it, that's great. When we were at HBO, we were dialing back on the pulp nature. At Cinemax we went to our original pitch again: high-octane entertainment, violent and clever, yet complex. It also allows us to treat the sexuality in the show in a very frank and adult manner. We don't have to hold back."