Banshee has made its first major Season 2 casting move.
Cinemax’s hit noir-esque drama, which is five episodes into its inaugural season, has promoted current recurring player Anthony Ruivivar to a full-fledged series regular, TVLine has learned exclusively.
Third Watch alum Ruivivar plays Alex Longshadow, the son of of Kinaho Tribe chief Benjamin Longshadow (Russell Means).
Ruivivar is also set to recur as a veteran cop on the upcoming fifth season of TNT’s Southland.
Banshee, from True Blood‘s Alan Ball and House‘s Greg Yaitanes, ranks as Cinemax’s most-watched series with an average gross audience of 2.7 million viewers.
Cinemax is continuing its push to become Cinemaction, focusing its original programming efforts on high-octane, summer-thrill-ride, and other action-movie-cliché-style series. Today the network renewed its newest program Banshee for a second season, set to debut in 2014.
Banshee, produced by True Blood‘s Alan Ball, stars Anthony Starr as a man freshly out of prison who goes in search of his old ladyfriend in rural Pennsylvania. Along the way, he hijacks the position of town sheriff in a place called Banshee, butts heads with the local Amish mafia, and gets help from mohawked, transgender Asian criminals. Drugs may have been involved in the making of this.