“Strike Back,” the British/American action series that airs in the U.S. on Cinemax, will be back for a third season.
The HBO-owned network announced Wednesday that the show, which follows members of a British special ops unit and has a small but dedicated following here, will return in 2013 for a new 10-episode season that will shoot in Hungary and South Africa. Production partner Sky will broadcast the show in the UK.
Executive producer Andy Harries, series producer Michael Casey and head of production Marigo Kehoe will all be returning, as will director Michael Bassett (“Silent Hill: Revelation 3D”) and writers Simon Burke (“Persuasion”), James Dormer (“MI-5”) and Richard Zajdlic (“EastEnders”). Cast announcements are being held because they may spoil upcoming episodes of the current season, which is airing right now on Cinemax. The show will also hold onto its confidential counterterrorism consultants, whose expertise is used to make the action as accurate as possible in its depiction of black ops life.
“Strike Back” launched in 2010 with a six-episode arc that did not air in the U.S., making what will be a third season here technically a fourth in the UK. The first U.S. season, “Project Dawn,” starred Philip Winchester (“Camelot”) as a British Special Forces soldier and Sullivan Stapleton (“Animal Kingdom”) as the former U.S. Delta Force member working with him. The current U.S. second season, “Vengeance,” finds the team tracking stolen nuclear triggers and facing the stress of their occupations. The season finale will air October 12.