Melissa George in the series ‘Hunted’, which aired on SBS.Australian actress Melissa George will return to the small screen in a spin-off to her British spy series Hunted.
The series, which was originally a co-production between the BBC and the US cable channel Cinemax, endured the shortest cancellation in television history last year.
The BBC pulled out of the project in November after one season. But a day later Cinemax’s parent company, HBO, said it would pursue any avenue to continue the project.
The new project will be titled Sam Hunter, and will star George in the title role. It will pick up the story with Hunter, a secret agent, now on the run from her employers with a price on her head.
Hunted creator Frank Spotniz, best known as one of the architects of the iconic Fox conspiracy drama The X Files, is working on the project.
Cinemax will air the project in 2014 as a four-hour miniseries.
The series screened in Australia on SBS.
The BBC pulled out of the first season of Hunted because it shed too large a slice of its audience – launching to around 4.5 million but then slipping to 2.6 million.
In the US, however, including on-demand plays, the series drew about 1.7 million viewers consistently. Cinemax, with a considerably smaller audience footprint than the BBC, was very happy with the show’s US ratings.
“We are very pleased with what Hunted has done for Cinemax’s brand and are very excited about what lies ahead,” HBO’s Kary Antholis told Fairfax last November.
George’s US credits include Alias (2003–2004), In Treatment (2008), Grey’s Anatomy (2008–2009) and Lie to Me (2010).
In 2011, she starred in the ABC drama The Slap, for which she won a TV Week Logie Award for most outstanding actress.
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