Though Big Brother network HBO gets most of the high profile original programming, Cinemax is ramping up its own individual slate. Steven Soderbergh’s The Knick did much to remind viewers that Cinemax also makes shows of its own (though original drama Banshee has also enjoyed a fairly successful run), and now Deadline reports that the network has ordered the pilot Quarry to series. Based on the novels of author Max Allan Collins, the show stars Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus, The O.C.) as a Marine who returns home to Memphis from Vietnam in 1972 and finds himself “shunned by those he loves and demonized by the public.” He subsequently becomes drawn into a network of killing and corruption along the Mississippi River.
Greg Yaitanes, a TV veteran whose credits include Lost and a significant amount of House episodes, is onboard to direct and executive produce the series alongside executive producer Steve Golin (True Detective). Yaitanes has a connection to Cinemax, as he also helmed the pilot for Banshee and directed a number of episodes of that show as well.
Cinemax has ordered an 8-episode first season of Quarry, with production set to begin March 30th in New Orleans and Tennessee. The series was created by Graham Gordy and Michael D. Fuller.