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‘Outsiders’ Gets Season 2 Order at WGN America

Series on a mountain clan battling against coal company gets a 13-episode order

WGN America has renewed “Outsiders” for a second season, TheWrap has learned.

The hour-long series follows the struggle of the Farrells, an off-the-grid Appalachian clan, and their battle to defend their mountain and way of life from the town below and anyone who would dare challenge them.

On Tuesday nights in live-plus-seven viewing, “Outsiders” has averaged 2.8 million total viewers. The series has boosted the network’s prime-time viewing by 42 percent.

Production on Season 2 of “Outsiders,” from Sony Pictures Television and Tribune Studios, is scheduled to begin this summer. Thirteen episodes were ordered.

“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.”

The series stars Joe Anderson, Gillian Alexy, David Morse, and Ryan Hurst. It also features Kyle Gallner and Christina Jackson, two who have melted fans’ hearts with their characters’ tumultuous romance.

“Outsiders” is WGN America’s third original drama. The series is created and written by award-winning playwright Peter Mattei, who executives produces alongside Fedora Entertainment’s Emmy Award-winner Peter Tolan, Touchy Feely Films’ Emmy Award-winner Paul Giamatti, Michael Wimer, and Dan Carey.