Ivana Milicevic on “Banshee” [SEE HER TONIGHT]

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Ivana Milicevic on Banshee

(9:00 PM EST, Cinemax)

We know there’s a big Olympics Opening event tonight, and a lot of the networks are going with reruns and not trying to compete–but the See Her Tonight column will be seduced away by a new season of the underrated Banshee with the oft-underdressed Ivana Milicevic.  We’re not sure why more people aren’t excited about this cable series. Maybe there just aren’t enough Cinemax subscribers to get hooked on the tale of a criminal who takes over the life of a dead sheriff in a crime-ridden small town out in Amish country.

Guys would be tuning in if they knew about Ivana Milicevic as the daughter of a mob boss who’s also hiding out in the Amish town. But then, we’ve never felt like enough guys have been tuned in and turned on by this Bosnian beauty. Ivana grew up in Michigan, and it didn’t take long for the 5’9″ beauty to make the transition from hot young L.A. model to hot young actress. Ivana’s actually been around for a while, and made her big-screen debut with a small role in 1996′s Jerry Maguire. She kept her high profile with a guest spot on Seinfeld, and was working steadily ever since.

Sadly, Ivana’s first real showcase performance was in a crappy 2001 Freddie Prinze, Jr. comedy called Head Over Heels. She made a classier connection in the same year’s Vanilla Sky–which, like Jerry Maguire, was from respected director Cameron Crowe. Ivana was also incredibly hot that year in HBO’s The Mind of the Married Man. That series never really took off for the cable network, but it sure wasn’t Ivana’s fault. HBO didn’t do any better for Ivana when she signed on for six episodes of the 12 Miles of Bad Road series, which the network never even bothered airing.

At least 2006′s Casino Royale made Ivana Milicevic an official Bond Girl. There’s no explaining why Ivana isn’t a bigger name with all of the classier projects that she’s involved with–and we know that Cameron Crowe is bringing her in for his next film, too. Ivana’s about to turn 40 years old, but Banshee proves that she’s still in her prime–as you’ll agree after checking out these howlingly hot pics…

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