No Season 3 for the cable drama.
April 14, 2017
It is being reported that WGN America is cancelling Outsiders after two seasons. The news, which comes ahead of the drama's sophomore finale on April 25, is a bit of a surprise considering the series is the cable network's highest-rated scripted original.
According to network boss Peter Kern, the move to end the series was the result of a decision to focus on a more diverse programming strategy aimed at reaching a broader audience. What that means exactly is not yet clear, though it does leave only Underground as WGN America's only remaining original scripted drama.
Outsiders follows a clan that has spent decades living off the grid in rural Kentucky. Following their own rules outside of the law, they will do whatever it takes to defend their way of life on their mountaintop residence in the mysterious and rugged hills of modern-day Appalachia.
I hope those at WGN come to their senses and renew Outsiders. If not, I hope they shop the series out to another entity to keep the show alive. I believe it's worth it.
They basically don't have a choice -- WGN America's original programming plan failed to hit, the parent company got bought by the Sinclair Group, and now they need to rebuild/restructure completely. It's over.
WGN will continue as a legacy show channel, but as for new dramas or comedies (which are costly and sometimes not as strong performers as reruns, sadly,) they are probably going to have to abandon that path. All signs point to the channel now being out of the new-show market entirely. (The shows in development aren't being picked up, and all but one show has been officially canceled. There's a huge question mark hanging over Underground; it likely will get canceled or jump networks if possible, which parent studio Sony Pictures tried to do with Outsiders, but it hasn't worked yet...) WGN tried to break into the market, they had some stellar shows, but nothing caught the luck and the network busted its hand.
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