Cinemax's programming overhaul continues next year as it confirms the premiere dates for the new Strike Back and the second season of Outcast. Strike Back, of course, was the company's first venture in original programming back in 2010. The original show was based on a novel of the same name written by former Special Air Service (SAS) soldier Chris Ryan and it tackled the actions of Section 20, a secretive branch of the British Defence Intelligence service (DI), who operate several high risk, priority missions throughout the globe. Running for five seasons, the show garnered generally positive reviews from critics and performed well in terms of ratings. Outcast, on the other hand, is a brand new horror drama based on the comics of the same name by Robert Kirkman and Paul Azaceta which debuted last year and was also met with great reception.
The pay cable network's shift in content production was first kicked off last year when Kary Antholis, HBO Miniseries and Cinemax Programming President, announced their plans to put out air four original series a year. The selection will be comprised of three co-produced cost-effective shows and one that has a bigger budget that will serve as the channel's banner project.
Announcing their newest slate of original content for 2018 starting with the return of Strike Back on February 2, Cinemax released an official presser detailing all the other new projects they have on their docket for fans. In it, Antholis also expressed his excitement with what is to come for the pay cable channel saying:
“We are very excited to present a slate that moves CINEMAX back in the direction of fun, often adrenalized, and always entertaining series. We have strategically seized upon co-production opportunities that allow us to maximize the impact and production value of these shows for our viewers.”
Cinemax will keep the ball rolling after Strike Back's resurgence with an original six-part thriller, Rellik which will air starting on April 13 and will star Game of Thrones' star Richard Dormer. Two months after that, in June, J.K. Rowling's best-selling crime novels. C.B. Strike (which she wrote under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith) will get the small screen treatment. The series, which has the same name as its source material, will center on Strike, a war veteran turned private detective, operating out of a tiny office in London’s Denmark Street who is played by Tom Burke. And then finally, in July, Outcast's second season will be released.
Despite not having specific roll-out dates yet for C.B. Strike and Outcast season 2, fans can expect that they will also be released on a Friday much like Strike Back and Rellik. Cinemax is keeping its Friday 10 PM slot as its regular air date for its original content. More details regarding the aforementioned projects are going to be released in the next several months as the new lineup will be backed-up by a marketing campaign.