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A TRANSPORTER series one of several action-themed shows set to kick off Cinemax’s original programming

Ryan Mahoney

by: Ryan Mahoney
February 14th, 2011

Jason Statham to star in Transporter series

The premium-pay cable channel Cinemax is operated by HBO, the flagship premium channel responsible for some of the most critically acclaimed television shows in the last two decades. Cinemax will soon venture into original programming, focusing on action series instead of HBO’s historically great combination of drama (The Wire, The Sopranos) and comedy (Entourage, The Larry Sanders Show).

Strike Back, a series about a U.S. secret service agent who fights terrorists with the help of the British military, is set to be the first primetime show for Cinemax. The New York Post reports that the network has also made a deal to make the popular TRANSPORTER film franchise into a series, with Jason Statham set to reprise his role.

I, for one, really like this move by Cinemax. There is a lack of great action television on the air right now, and has been for a few years. While brainless procedural cop shows are a dime a dozen, there is not an action show (brainless or otherwise) that delivers balls to the wall entertainment on a weekly basis.

Here’s to hoping that Cinemax succeeds in their venture to tap an untapped genre (especially in premium cable market) and create an action show worth talking about.

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