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“Strike Back” picked up for third season

Melissa Hayer Published: October 3, 2012
From left, Philip Winchester and Sullivan Stapleton in a scene from Season Two of "Strike Back." - Cinemax Photo
From left, Philip Winchester and Sullivan Stapleton in a scene from Season Two of "Strike Back." - Cinemax Photo


The Cinemax action drama “Strike Back” has been renewed for a 10-episode third season, according to a news release.

The series is scheduled to shoot in South Africa and Hungary and will again be produced by Cinemax/HBO and partners Left Bank and Sky, who will air the show in the U.K.

Left Bank’s Andy Harries returns as executive producer, along with Michael Casey serving as series producer and Marigo Kehoe serving as head of production.

Director Michael Bassett and writers Simon Burke, James Dormer and Richard Zajdlic will also be back for the third season.

Additional directors and writers will be announced pending confirmation.

Due to plot spoilers in upcoming episodes of the second season, the Season Three cast will be revealed at a later date.

“Strike Back’s” confidential consultants who work in the field of counterterrorism will also be returning. These experts are resources for story lines, lingo, procedure, accuracy, character development and regional issues, as well as training in battle tactics, weapons and fighting, since the lead actors do virtually all of their own stunts.

Details on “Strike Back,” provided by Cinemax, are as follows:

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 9 p.m. 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”).

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

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