NBC wants broader comedies, but "1600 Penn" may to broad to finesse that divide. Meanwhile, Cinemax's "Banshee" is very far from reinventing any wheels, but it gets a lot of basics right and it has a few distinctive touche.
Cinemax has carved out a nice little niche as the thinking person's action network; I don't know about you, but I'd take another season of the London-set "Hunted" over more "Boardwalk Empire" any day of the week.
There have been a number of outstanding scripted series this summer on basic and pay cable, all of them deserving of special praise. But at the moment there are three I can't stop thinking about: ABC Family's Pretty Little Liars, FX's Louie and Cinemax's Strike Back.
"My mom is always like 'I can't believe you got drunk and then drove our new car into a lake again'. I'm like fuck you! I like to party! You're just mad because you can't party as hard as me! Delta Chi forever!"