Cinemax is showing a vote of confidence in The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman’s forthcoming exorcism drama Outcast.
The premium cable network announced Monday during the show’s panel at South by Southwest that it has renewed the drama ahead of its June 3 premiere.
Added Cinemax original programming president Kary Antholis: “Going into the first season of Outcast, we knew that Robert Kirkman had once again created a world that would scare us to our core. But what he, Chris Black and the rest of their team have delivered has exceeded even those high expectations. We believe our viewers will immediately be sucked into Outcast‘s intense and creepy landscape, which is why we have chosen to pick up a second season.”
Outcast marks the second original scripted series to score a second season ahead of its debut at Cinemax. The HBO sibling also picked up The Knick for a sophomore run ahead of its premiere.
For Kirkman, Outcast — which landed at Cinemax after a multiple-network bidding war — becomes his latest small-screen entry. He also exec produces AMC’s The Walking Dead and its prequel-of-sorts Fear the Walking Dead in addition to the companion talk show Talking Dead.