Cinemax is continuing to expand its original content in ways that might make big brother HBO a little jealous. While HBO struggles to find its next great drama, Cinemax has quietly been home to series like Steven Soderbergh’s incredible The Knick, emotionally complex series like Banshee, and Robert Kirkman’s eerie horror adaptation Outcast. With both Banshee and The Knick having wrapped earlier this year, Cinemax has added Quarry to the mix, which feels very Banshee-esque in tone, and seems poised to be the network’s next great series.
Quarry, based on the Max Allan Collins novels, comes from Rectify’s Graham Gordy and Michael D. Fuller, and is being directed by Banshee’s Greg Yaitanes. (That’s already a heckuva pedigree right there — Rectify is one of the best series ever to grace our screens, and longtime readers will know of my affection for Banshee). It stars Logan Marshall-Green (who you might know from Prometheus, though I prefer to recall from The O.C.) as Mac Conway, “a Marine who returns home to Memphis from Vietnam in 1972 and finds himself shunned by those he loves and demonized by the public. As he struggles to cope with his experiences at war, Conway is drawn into a network of killing and corruption that spans the length of the Mississippi River.”
The series also stars Jodi Balfour (Final Destination 5), Peter Mullan (Top of the Lake), Nikki Amuka-Bird (Luther), Damon Harriman (Justified), Jamie Hector (The Wire), Edoardo Ballerini (Romeo Must Die) and Skipp Sudduth (Ronin). Four of those actors come from my favorite shows of all time, so I am expecting great things (or hoping for them, anyway).
Cinemax has just set the premiere date for the 8-episode series as Friday, September 9th at 10 p.m. ET. Check out the teaser trailer below, along new images from the highly-anticipated series.