WGN America has renewed the dramatic series Outsiders for a second season. The series, created by Peter Mattei, has been averaging 2.8 million viewers since premiering on January 26, 2016 and has been growing in viewers with each episode. It’s also increased the network’s primetime viewership by 42%, making the decision to bring the show back for a second season a no-brainer.
Mattei executive produces along with Peter Tolan and Paul Giamatti. The cast is led by David Morse (Hurt Locker) and includes Ryan Hurst (Sons of Anarchy), Joe Anderson (Across the Universe), Gillian Alexy (The Americans), Thomas M. Wright (The Bridge), Kyle Gallner (American Sniper), Christina Jackson (Boardwalk Empire), Francie Swift (House of Cards), and Phyllis Somerville (The Big C).
Season two will consist of 13 hour-long episodes.
“We are thrilled that Outsiders has connected with fans in such a powerful and palpable way, and met our highest expectations on every possible level, thanks to Peter Mattei, Peter Tolan, our extraordinary cast, creative team and partners at Sony Pictures Television,” said Matt Cherniss, president and general manager, WGN America and Tribune Studios. “We look forward to venturing up Shay Mountain in search of some Farrell wine for a second season.”
“It’s been gratifying to watch the Outsiders audience steadily grow as viewers continue to be drawn in and riveted by this double-edged story of a family fighting to maintain their traditions and way of life,” said Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht, Presidents of Programming and Production, Sony Pictures Television. “We’re looking forward to another season of masterful storytelling from our creative team, Peter Mattei, Peter Tolan and Paul Giamatti, and to continuing our prolific partnership with WGN America.”
“It’s a dream to bring this combustible mash-up of fairy tale, hillbilly gothic, epic drama, current headlines and good old mayhem to life, stated executive producers Mattei and Tolan. “We are thankful to the extraordinary cast, crew and our supportive partners at WGN America and Sony Pictures Television, and the wonderful Farrell fans who tune in each week. We look forward to getting back to Blackburg and Shay Mountain and continuing this journey for a second season – ged-gedyah!”