Cinemax Sights Hunted Spin-Off Miniseries

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Hunted Spin-Off CinemaxSam Hunter isn’t done running, after all.

Cinemax is developing a Hunted spin-off miniseries that continues the story of the cancelled espionage thriller’s main character, played by Melissa George.

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Hunted creator Frank Spotnitz will be involved in the new project, called Sam Hunter, which finds private spy Sam trying to figure out why there’s a price on her head and what her current situation has to do with her mother’s murder. (Let’s not forget she’s also trying to keep her young daughter safe from whomever wishes them harm.)

Hunted‘s solo season was commissioned by the UK’s BBC One before Cinemax came on as the U.S. producer and distributor;  per our sister site Deadline, the British network’s decision not to renew the series for a second season made it impossible for the drama to continue in its original form.

So the American cabler kept the parts it liked — namely, its creator, star and main character — and is making something new.

Spotnitz is now writing the project, which will eventually be a four-hour miniseries.

Are you happy to hear that Sam will be back? Sound off in the comments!

Comments (83)

  • I love Hunted an the story behind it so I’m glad they are going to continue on with the show even if they have to change the name an everything as long as it continues on I’m happy its a great action show an its wonderful to see a female as a strong lead

    Comment by Elizabeth (@Fuze83) – June 21, 2013 06:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I love Hunted. I do hope it has more than 4 episodes. It shouldn’t offend people about the sex scenes. It didn’t really have a lot if them compared to a lot if shows. I liked everything about the show.

      Comment by rebecca – August 8, 2013 11:13 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Its so nice you think that the reduced number of sex scenes compared to other shows means people should not be offended by the ones that ARE in the show…what, honestly, does one have to do with the other? By logical conclusion, honey, nothing. If one doesn’t care to voyeuristically watch others screwing, a vertical move from a peeping tom outside YOUR window while you have fun in bed, then the amount of exposure has no bearing on the discomfort level of who don’t care to be peeping toms. Yeah, it IS the same thing, one is legal and one is not. How DOES that work? I just love the contradictions inherent in today’s thinking. Talk about irrational. Love the products of the past three gens of public ed. What a bloody waste. You get your gold star, for sure.

        Comment by Anonie Mous – August 22, 2013 08:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • who cares if tv shows have sex scenes in? last time i checked these sorts of tv shows are supposed to be portrayals of real life, people have sex in real life, hence it would be ridiculous to believe that it’s not going to happen. there is a vast difference between adding in sex scenes that add to the storyline (ie. the scene with Zoe and Andrew where she attempts to use sex to dissuade a conversation eluding to the problems in their relationship) and adding in overly gratuitous sex scenes that add nothing other than a little fan service and don’t fit into the storyline in anyway. either way, if you don’t like watching sex scenes in a show, turn it off, simple, we don’t need to be subjected to your opinion that you think is fact, and quite frankly i think you need to get some perspective on real life, but hey, that’s just MY opinion

          Comment by gb1985 – September 30, 2013 03:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • If you do not like it, don’t watch. If this type of show bothers you, why are you trolling it’s website(s)?

          Comment by Jason Gumaer – October 20, 2013 11:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • I must say that I thought the sexual content in Hunted was over the top. I think Melissa George is a good actress and I have liked many of her films, but I don’t need to see SO much of her in these types of situations — that is NOT what I am watching the show for. I wanted a smart, well-acted, action thriller. The sexual content adds nothing for me and frankly is shoddily done in this show. It does make the viewer feel like a peeping Tom and I wanted to turn it off at the start of the pilot. And, this was a show that I had been eagerly anticipating. If someone wants to view porn, do so. But can we please keep the porn filler out of what could otherwise be good programming?

          Comment by didi123 – December 7, 2013 10:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • Did James Bond’s exploits on film as well as those sexual innuendos cause you difficulty in making the books and films the highest sought after in the civilized world?

            Comment by tonystates – January 12, 2014 01:51 PM PDT  
    • so happy that hunted is back on, love love love

      Comment by karen – August 15, 2013 05:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I was so disappointed to hear that they were not going to renew for season 2. This is a great show. I was scratching my head asking myself how in the world they could justify cancelling such a great show. Obviously…..ratings. But after reflecting, it occurred to me audiences were having trouble following the plot? What does that say? That audiences that have to focus for longer than a nano second have to stick to cartoons? Easy to conclude, you really do have to pay attention and really it tells you that the people who like this show, me being one, appreciate a show that has more layers and levels than the mindless offerings of most tv. Glad to hear that they have found a way to keep it going and deliver to fringe audiences that appreciate the quality of a show like Hunted. It’s rare but sometimes TV Shows catch on after being picked up by other stations. The Killing is a good example. They were going to can it and I’m sure most viewers would agree, that it is nothing less than a classic. Luther is another example and it is because Indris Elba delivers and so does Melissa George. After watching George In Treatment, you can tell this woman has real talent. I couldn’t be happier that she’s going to continue this story regardless of the format. I’d be happy to sit in and listen to her recite the contents of the phone book. You Go Girl!!!

      Comment by WH Auden – October 13, 2013 01:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Thank you for bringing Hunted back! I miss Sam Hunter and company.

      Comment by Esther – November 5, 2013 11:25 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Can someone in the know elaborate as to “why” it couldn’t continue in its original form without the BBC? Hope the continuation is compelling viewing.

    Comment by bella – June 21, 2013 06:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Deadline’s November 2012 story sums it up well:

      Comment by Matt Webb Mitovich – June 21, 2013 07:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Matt, thanks but I already saw that article when it was posted, it doesn’t explain anything in my opinion. sigh. cheers.

        Comment by bella – June 22, 2013 12:06 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Money if you want the short answer. The BBC put up most of the cash for the production. So a little cable network could not fund it all on its own in its current format. So they cut the cast the locations and number of esp so they could afford to show it. IF you read the original article you see that Cinemax didn’t even commission it.

          Comment by Dave – June 22, 2013 08:00 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • Makes sense, as the production values (BBC) were very high. I guess where Hunted left off, it makes sense she is on her own. Wonder if this will end up looking cheap. I am not familiar with any other cinemax shows. Cheers. I will check it out on its return though. cheers.

            Comment by bella – June 22, 2013 11:31 PM PDT  
  • More than 4 hours please

    Comment by Michael – June 21, 2013 07:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Love the show and I also would like to see more than a few hours.

      Comment by glen – August 28, 2013 01:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • More than four hours and more naked Sam.

    Comment by BrianR – June 21, 2013 07:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Excellent news. Loved Hunted and look forward to seeing more of Melissa George.

    Comment by Suzanne – June 21, 2013 08:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Is this show actually good? It seemed like something up my alley, i love spy stuff and gun stuff and shows like Strike Back, Homeland, Covert Affairs, etc. But when i watched the first 2 episodes it just didn’t seem that good. Its been so long since i watched them that i dont remember specifics, but Matt (or anyone) would you really say its a good tv show? The plot was above par?

    Comment by M3rc Nate – June 21, 2013 08:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • it was decent I guess,but I didn’t stick with it.

      Comment by Shaun – June 21, 2013 09:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • No its isnt very good. Sorry to offend the fans of the show but most people didnt like it. Hence why the BBC dropped it.

      Comment by Dave – June 22, 2013 08:01 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • You’re not sorry and you’re a dick. Also, most people didn’t watch it and had no opinion. So you’re a wrong dick too.

        Comment by ultimate troll – June 22, 2013 07:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • LoL Trollllllllllllllllllllllllllllieeeeeeeeeeee quick someone get me the troll bat.

          Comment by Dave – June 23, 2013 04:02 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • And you ARE the ultimate troll. You have the right to be a jack a** by really being nasty over some one’s opinion? You don’t get to insult people just because the disagree with you. Bet you wouldn’t be this way face to face, cowardly troll, you’d probably spend too much time in the hospital for being verbally abusive.

          Comment by Anonie Mous – August 22, 2013 07:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yes, I expected a lot more. Covert Affairs is my favorite, and I loved the original Nikita. Those series develop the characters, make you care about them. It’s hard after the bar has been raised so high. Reading the comments here, by guys mostly, they are so immature, all they want is porno in a spy version and naked Sam. What an indictment of this show. It really doesn’t stack up, no pun intended.

      Comment by Anonie Mous – August 22, 2013 08:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I had read Cinemax was going to continue this show–but not seeing anything recent made me think they’d changed their minds. Anyway, glad to hear we’ll be seeing more of the delightful Melissa George–who is very under-rated in part because of her sexiness, as well as her tendency to give attitude during interviews. Also I agree with others that “Hunted” season 2 needs more than four episodes (unless each ep is 2 hrs long) AND definitely more naked Melissa.

    Comment by derek117 – June 21, 2013 08:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • More than 4 hours, please! Fantastic show!

    Comment by Linnie – June 21, 2013 09:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

    Comment by GARY – June 21, 2013 10:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Why bother with only four parts?

    Comment by DavidSask – June 21, 2013 11:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Because Luther only gets now 4 episodes at a time and it’s awesome.

      But this is Cinemax so we definitely need an increase in nudity and sex. Going from Strike Back and Banshee to this series which showed virtually nothing is no doubt one of things that didn’t help it the first time. Fantastic story and acting, yes but again its on Cinemax. There are rules to follow! ;-)

      Comment by Evan – June 22, 2013 05:09 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Loved this show. So glad Cinemax is sticking with it….needs to be more than 4 hours though. Sam is kick ass.

    Comment by TLG – June 21, 2013 11:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love her, she has some awesome BJ lips!!

    Comment by Stinky Feet Lover – June 22, 2013 08:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I liked the show okay, but not as good as Banshee or Strikeback. I’m glad they kept Melissa George as she was the one good thing on the show. I will check it out when it returns.

    Comment by G – June 26, 2013 02:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Love it. Found it on, on demand watched all 8 in an 8 hour marathon! Please write more!

    Comment by Marsha hale – June 27, 2013 02:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Wow! She’s coming back? Can’t wait for the return of one of TV’s most compelling 2012 characters. Many of us here in the UK fail to understand the BBC – they waste tens of millions of £’s on rubbish, yet a good show with a challenging premise gets dropped. The Blue Ray set of Hunted is extra stylish to watch!

    Comment by Stuart – June 28, 2013 02:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It was a horrible show, and a total flop. Cinemax obviously figured out early on they had a loser here, which is why it’s downgraded to a miniseries. It’ll air, it’ll flop again, and it’ll never be seen again.

    Comment by pisher – July 3, 2013 06:31 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Douchebag. You are either a moron or a hater or both. Hunted was an extremely well done series. Melissa George is far beyond a sexy trollop. You probably don’t care for Homeland either. Keep your ri-dick-u-lous comments to yourself.

      Comment by Bao Hu – July 7, 2013 09:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Bao Hu, KEEP YOUR INSULTS TO YOURSELF, YOU ARE WAY BEYOND RUDE, jack. Just because some one has an opinion that differs from yours, gives YOU NO RIGHT to be insulting AND cast aspirations on some one’s character. Nothing Pisher said warrants your over the top vulgar nastiness,,call names or label. You show a remarkable lack of good character by your reply, but an amazing amount of bad character. By the way, JUST BECAUSE YOU SAY IT, does NOT make this person a hater. WE are a land of FREE speech allows us to have an opinion that we may state in public and that DOES NOT entitle you be rude and insulting. Bloody well grow up and act like an adult with some common sense or at least a pretense to intelligence. Another gold star poster. Every one gets one, even if they aren’t up to par. Yeah, our ed sys at its finest for the past 3 gens.

        Comment by Anonie Mous – August 22, 2013 07:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • haha lool not really the land of free speech, you cant say anything with out being arrested or being called an extremeist

          Comment by death to zionism – August 28, 2013 09:00 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Over the top much….I bet you wouldn’t speak like this to someone’s face!!
          Very rude and bitchie!

          Comment by John – October 11, 2013 09:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Love the Series. At times a bit confusing but see it is to keep you wondering what will happen next! Bring 8t back to regular programming. I do not get Cinemax!

    Comment by DJ – July 20, 2013 04:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Let’s see how many Americans liked this show. BBC has had some wonderful shows over the last several years that Americans have thoroughly enjoyed. And this show has been exceptionally good. Now that it’s been picked up by Cinemax, perhaps more people than they ever dreamed of will watch, especially in America. Just a comment about the sex thing, if Cinemax adds more sex scenes to it, than they will lose a very huge audience as most people would rather see a good solid action-packed story that a majority audience can watch without being offended. Perhaps a “porn” version could be done at a later time for the sex addicts who can’t get enough, except on television. Majority rules.

    Comment by Snowbird – July 27, 2013 11:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • i’m here, in part, to say: many of us in the USA **loved** the “Hunted” show! we get our mitts on any good tv series we learn of, in any way we can, just like people from all around the globe. & after last year’s news re: the season 2 plan’s demise i’m thrilled to read that Sam Hunter will be back! & believe me, i’m not alone in that! awesome update! thank you!..& is the admin or writer of this post a BSG fan? saw the word & i frakkin’ hope so, lol!…So Say We All! :o)

      Comment by Miria Star (@miria88stars) – August 19, 2013 05:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • What a shame that it was cancelled. Glad to hear that the character played by the wonderful Melissa Geoge will be returning,

    Comment by Joette Campbell – August 4, 2013 09:32 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This show should have died & the producers etc should all have hung their heads in shame for how they treated some of the cast, like adding in additional sex scenes requiring nudity AFTER all the deals were struck & actors signed up, then threatening them with being fired & sued if they didn’t do the scenes.
    Absolutely disgraceful behaviour.

    Comment by Brian (@TheFifthDoctor) – August 9, 2013 04:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Then since the contract was violated it was rendered null and void and the actors didn’t have to do it. They chose to. It’s on them.

      Comment by Anonie Mous – August 22, 2013 08:02 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love the show!

    Comment by Amy – August 12, 2013 10:26 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • BBC’s loss , brilliant series, just hope they keep the good bits & dont make it into just another US soulless action .

    Comment by Nikanor Kaersgaars – August 13, 2013 02:29 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • At first I wasn’t too interested in watching but I gave it a few episodes and couldn’t wait for the show to start each week. Really interesting storyline unlike some other series on other cable networks. Melissa was excellent in her role. So glad to see a spinoff but only 4 episodes??? Melissa will be in “The Good Wife” so that is great.

    Comment by lena priamo – August 17, 2013 01:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • A series that started slowly, but built into a gripping thriller. Very British in style, afraid that will be lost in the spin-off. The plots developed slowly and required one actually think. Many in US prefer their plots and themes spoon fed (not me). I think it really helped to watch the series in four sittings over a one week span.

    Comment by Lawgeek – August 28, 2013 11:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Omg I can’t wait…Sam is the best!!! After checking on demand since episode 8 ended season 1 to reading its coming backs Effin Great!!! Next best series after Kidnapped but this 4 hr thing is straight bull; last season wasn’t even long enuff

    Comment by Dime – September 1, 2013 04:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love this show, totally rockin, can’t wait for more just need to know when. :)

    Comment by Apmbabiestoo – September 6, 2013 11:02 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Awesome! ! Love Hunted

    Comment by Peter – September 7, 2013 11:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Loved the series was left waiting for more. Thought it was an abrupt end. Can’t wait to see more and more than 1 x 4 part series.

    Comment by Josie – September 8, 2013 02:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Love Melissa George. Have since she was in Alias. Hunted was good too, although she carried the show so good to see her back on her own. And yes, she is super sexy but want to see her in good show, and she does not have to be naked in it.

    Comment by Melissa fan – September 8, 2013 09:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Loved the show. Needs more than 4 episodes

      Comment by Bill v – March 14, 2014 06:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • How old are these comments and what has Cinemax said about a new series in 2014?

        Comment by tonystates – March 15, 2014 07:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • My husband and I are THRILLED that Hunted will be back – Melissa G. was terrific and each show kept us on the edge of our seats!
    Yippee, can’t wait to see what comes next.

    Comment by Lulu – September 13, 2013 10:27 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Love this show! It has an original plot line, good characters. I even added to my cable t.v. lineup just to watch this show! I truly hope they do more than just 4 hours.

    Comment by Bob – September 13, 2013 11:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Recently came across this series. Up to episode 4 and like it so far. Glad to see it renemed at least for a mini series so its worth to watch the remaining 4 episodes. I’m sure the new show will be high quality. it’s done by Cinemax, but they are owned by HBO.

    Comment by Westies – September 27, 2013 09:06 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I really enjoyed the series and would like to see more than four episodes! BTW, Melissa George can be seen on “The Good Wife”

    Comment by Sandy Straface – September 30, 2013 02:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Love Hunted!!!! Want more looking forward to it!!!

    Comment by Lisa – October 6, 2013 05:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • We loved watching Melissa George in hunted. So happy it will return. Please give us more than 4 hours.

    Comment by Helen – October 15, 2013 08:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Why would a show like Hunted be cancelled and trash like Banshee be renewed?

    Comment by prentiss – October 29, 2013 05:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The bigger question is ‘when is the series going to start’?

    Comment by Baron – October 29, 2013 08:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Just finished watching on Cinemax I still on the edge of my seat! Can’t wait till Sam returns!

    Comment by Brandon – November 12, 2013 09:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • this series was awesome i like melissa shes gorgeous and a great actress cant wait to see the new show been waiting for somthing to take place the brits really droped the ball on this one hu .

    Comment by mike hogan sr – November 12, 2013 11:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m glad to hear this. The story was not complete. It would be great if Adam Rayner reprises his role and the fact that her daughter is alive is a major plot to be explored.

    Comment by Julia – November 14, 2013 09:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I am so disapointed that Hunted will not be continued. That show was AWESOME! I was completely hooked from the first episode.

    Comment by Roxanne – November 18, 2013 11:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This show was AWESOME!! So disappointed it was cancelled –the plot kept you on edge and its not often you find a show with so many “unexpected” twists and turns…

    Comment by Jay – November 21, 2013 06:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • One of the best series I have seen in years. I’m watching Homeland and Masters of Sex and find them to be very good but Hunted is even better. Sure, there are slow bits but on balance it is a well written plot and well acted.

    Comment by John – December 2, 2013 04:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Looking forward to the new series, I hope they reconsider and produce more than 4 hours of programming. I personally loved all of the characters and thought that the syory line was great.

    Comment by Gilbert – December 3, 2013 06:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I enjoyed watching “Hunted” and was looking forward to a second series. Sure it had its faults and it is perhaps because it was so good in concept that so many viewers condemned it for those few mistakes rather than giving it the chance it deserved to tell a pretty good story.

    I for one will be looking out for the miniseries with high expectations and no small degree of eager anticipation!

    Shame on you, BBC, for bowing to ratings figures. The majority may be the majority but that doesn’t make them right!

    Comment by Dudley – December 13, 2013 04:00 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Most boring storyline ever. Spare us all from more lifeless and unconvincing plotlines and spend $$ on giving more episodes to better series, like Banshee.

    Comment by Lisa – January 11, 2014 12:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Don’t watch it, but don’t knock it just to prove you’re one of the highbrows that watch Banshee.

      Comment by tonystates – March 5, 2014 01:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This is an excellent series and should prove to be politically motivating. Bring her back and have her meet Nikita.

    Comment by tonystates – January 12, 2014 01:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Awesome… Fantastic story and a great fun show,, can’t wait to find out more and see the action

    Comment by stephen Rowand – February 13, 2014 05:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yes. Love The show. Would have watched forever. Will watch whatever they come up with.

    Comment by dcg4us – February 26, 2014 01:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hurry up and bring on the new series!

    Comment by Debbie J – March 5, 2014 08:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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