“Outsiders” has officially reached the end of the line, as WGN America announces it will air its series finale later this month.
Created by Peter Mattei and starring Ryan Hurst, Johana McGinley, David Morse, and more, “Outsiders” focused on a family of misfits living off the radar in the Appalachian Hills, who are forced to fight through constant power struggles, in order to prevent their way of life at all costs. The series is currently in the midst of airing its second season, with only a few more episodes still to go in it.
This news does come as a bit of a surprise since “Outsiders” had emerged as the highest-rated original scripted series in WGN America’s history.
Now, it joins both “Salem” and “Manhattan,” as another series to be canceled by the network. This leaves WGN America with just one sole original program left in “Underground,” a critical darling of a series, set in America during the 1800s when the conflict of slavery in the nation was reaching an all time high.
“After three years of investing in marquee, brand-defining dramas, WGN America has successfully expanded its audience, its reach, and its presence in the minds of viewers. In our next phase, we intend to expand our original and unique content to continue growing our relevance and appeal to the widest possible audience. To achieve this, we will be reallocating our resources to a more diverse programming strategy and to new structures, enabling us to expand both the quantity and breadth of content aired by WGN America,” said Peter Kern, interim president and CEO of Tribune Media.
“This move is designed to deliver even more value to our advertising and distribution partners. To free up the resources to reach this goal, we will unfortunately not be renewing ‘Outsiders.’ We are grateful to our production partners at Sony Pictures Television and the terrifically talented people who made the show possible.”
The series finale of “Outsiders” will air on April 25.
(WGN America’s parent company, Tribune Media, also owns TV by the Numbers.)