Logan Marshall-Green and Cinemax’s Quarry Are Fall TV Standouts

Quarry on Cinemax Michele K. Short/CINEMAX

Logan Marshall-Green has found his defining career moment in Cinemax’s agonizingly gripping new drama Quarry, premiering Friday, Sept. 9 at 10pmET. While you may know him from TNT’s short-lived Dark Blue or 2012’s Prometheus (he played Charlie Halloway), he’s almost unrecognizable in his shaggy ’stache and ’70s backdrop as Mac Conway, a scandalized Vietnam vet who returns to his unwelcoming Memphis hometown with few opportunities.

Named one of Channel Guide Magazine’s Top 9 new series this fall, Quarry is a thought-provoking gut punch that just doesn’t stop. The 8-episode season is based on Max Allan Collins’ Quarry novels that follow Mac’s reluctant descent into a world of corruption.

Both Mac and his best friend and fellow Marine Arthur (Jamie Hector) are shunned from the minute they arrive home at the Memphis airport. Mac initially finds some comfort in the arms of his supportive wife Joni (an equally noteworthy performance from Jodi Balfour), but she too has struggled during his absence, which was his second tour of duty.

quarryChain-smoking, sex and late night swims in his prized backyard pool can’t clear Mac’s head or free him from the nightmares of war. While the community turns their back on him, one man — The Broker (Peter Mullan) — has taken an interest. The Broker leads a powerful network of lost-souls-turned-criminals who are available to him at his command. Damon Herriman (Justified) plays the brilliantly creepy — though strangely amusing — badass killer Buddy. (The bat he’s tricking out in the pilot – pictured right – looks like it could rival Negan’s from The Walking Dead.)  Buddy works for The Broker along with two other ruthless henchmen Karl (Edoardo Ballerini) and Moses (Mustafa Shakir).

Executive producer, showrunner and director of all eight episodes, Greg Yaitanes (Banshee, House) effectively paces the story so audiences feel Mac’s desperation and are drawn into his spiraling descent, but are equally intrigued by the other characters in this network of killing and corruption. Yaitanes next project is also as executive producer, director and showrunner for Discovery Channel’s Manifesto, the story of how the FBI tracked down Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, told from the point of view of the FBI profiler in charge of the manhunt.

Quarry airs on Cinemax Fridays at 10pmET.