First Slick Promo for Strike Back Season 2

Sullivan Stapleton and Philip Winchester in STRIKE BACK

My favorite TV show in quite some time, Cinemax’s “Strike Back”, returns for its third season (its second season featuring the current cast) this Summer. Check out the first promo trailer for the show below, which stars Sullivan Stapleton and Philip Winchester as polar opposite Special Forces operators forced to work together to stop bad guys from doing bad things. Yeah, yeah, I know, it’s an old, cliche angle, but the show more than makes up for it with killer action set pieces and plenty of beautiful ladies willing to take it all off for art.

And get this, fans of hot British ladies — Rhona Mitra (“Underworld: Rise of the Lycans”) is joining the cast as Section 20’s new female chief, taking over for Amanda Mealing, the former chief who bit it at the end of last season’s finale.

I’m really digging what Cinemax is doing re-branding themselves. Besides “Strike Back”, they’ve also got the Melissa George spy/revenge thriller “Hunted” on the way. Remember the days when Cinemax was known for their “skinemax” films, usually starring either Shannon Tweed or the other Shannon, Shannon Whirry? Oh, those were the days. Then again, considering the guys and gals of “Strike Back’s” inability to keep their clothes on, maybe they haven’t strayed that far from the old formula. There are just now more stuff blowing up and people getting shot in-between the gratuitous nudity.

The show is set to premiere with back-to-back episodes this August 17th, 2012.