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5 Reasons to Watch 'Strike Back'

by Crystal Bell, posted Oct 21st 2011 4:15PM
Cinemax has never really been known as a place for quality television, but it may have found a solid starting ground with its original drama series 'Strike Back.' The action-packed show combines what Cinemax knows best -- sex -- with heavy violence and some witty dialogue.

Think of it as a British take on '24,' and although it won't make you forget Jack Bauer, it is a thoroughly enjoyable action hero romp from a global perspective. The series has also been a moderate hit for Cinemax, and it was recently renewed for a second 10-part season.

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Damian Winds Up With a Bomb Strapped to His Chest on 'Strike Back' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 29th 2011 1:17AM
'Strike Back' - 'Episode 3'There are advantages to having a two-person strike team like Michael Stonebridge and Damian Scott have on 'Strike Back' (Fri., 10PM ET on Cinemax). Especially when one of the operatives, Stonebridge, is a more methodical and analytical agent. Balance that with Scott's almost reckless bravado, and you have a solid one-two punch.

There are, however, inherent risks and drawbacks as well to this particular partner arrangement. With Scott rushing in before fully understanding the situation or environment he's heading into, he's more likely to get caught and incapacitated. Or, as in this week's episode, tied up with a bomb strapped to his chest.

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Nigel Lythgoe Announces 'CMT's Next Superstar,' 'Top Chef' Heads to the Bahamas and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Feb 9th 2011 4:00PM
Nigel LythgoeNigel Lythgoe is apparently not content to dominate the televised singing competition space with 'American Idol' and the televised dancing competition space with 'So You Think You Can Dance.'

Since the man seemingly won't sleep until he controls every successful TV talent show out there, he's launching a new country music comeptition series on CMT.

'CMT's Next Superstar' will debut its 10-episode first season in April, Entertainment Weekly reports.

"This isn't just a singing competition. The contestants will also be judged on their songwriting, radio interviews and music videos," Lythgoe said in a statement. "We're looking for more than just a singer. We want the complete creative, talented package -- performer, personality and writer. We want the next country superstar."

In other TV news ...

The CW picked up another pilot, based on 'Vampire Diaries' author L.J. Smith's 'Secret Circle' series. That's not the only TVD connection; co-creator Kevin Williamson just joined the project as an executive producer. No vampires in this one, though. Just witches. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Kerry Washington has booked the lead role in 'Grey's Anatomy' creator Shonda Rhimes' new pilot. Washington will play Olivia Price, a high-powered crisis-management consultant in 'In Crisis.' [Deadline]

The 'Top Chef All Stars' finale will take place in the noted culinary capital of ... the Bahamas? Maybe the crew just wanted to get out of the snowy disaster that has been New York City for the past few months. The four-part finale will begin airing next month. "The setting gets the contestants excited because it takes them out of their element and gives them great ingredients," judge Gail Simmons said. [TV Guide]

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