'Outsiders' Renewed for Second Season at WGN America

The drama hails from Sony Pictures Television and is the cabler's third original drama series.
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WGN America is three-for-three (so far) with its original scripted series.

The cable network has renewed drama Outsiders for a second season, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The 13-episode pickup keeps WGN America's streak of going to a second season for all of its original scripted series, as Outsiders joins Salem and the since-canceled Manhattan.

Produced by Sony Pictures Television and Tribune Studios, the 13-episode drama centers on the Farrell clan, a family of outsiders who have been in the hills of Appalachia since before anyone can remember. Living off the grid and above the law on their mountaintop homestead, they'll protect their world and defend their way of life using any means necessary.

Playwright Peter Mattei created and executive produced the series alongside Peter Tolan, Paul Giamatti, Daniel Carey and Michael Wimer. David Morse, Joe Anderson, Ryan Hurst, Kyle Gallner, Thomas Wright and Gillian Alexy star.

Outsiders launched (commercial-free) in January to 1.9 million total viewers over multiple showings on premiere night — at the time, it marked a best for the network. It outperformed the basic-cable premieres for Freeform's Recovery Road and Syfy's The Magicians. Season to date, the drama has averaged 2.8 million total viewers and 1.4 among adults 25-54 when factoring in seven days of DVR viewing.

WGN America's streak is likely to continue, as its fourth original drama, Underground, opened this week to a premiere-best 2.5 million total viewers over four plays, with a renewal for the well-reviewed series (also from Sony) all but a given at this point.

The news comes after WGNA opted to cancel Manhattan after its second season. Despite the cabler's best efforts, the critical darling never caught on with viewers.

For its part, WGNA recently picked up two drama pilots: DC Comics take Scalped and sci-fi entry Roadside Picnic.

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