Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Locally Filmed 'Outsiders' Gets Renewed

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Locally Filmed 'Outsiders' Gets Renewed

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Cable's WGN America renewed the shot-in-Pittsburgh drama "Outsiders" for a second season with production expected to resume in Western Pennsylvania by early summer, most likely in June.

The series, about the mountaintop-dwelling clan the Farrells and their fight with an energy company, was based at 31st Street Studios in The Strip.

The renewal of "Outsiders" marks the first time in the modern Pittsburgh production era that a scripted prime-time drama has made it to a second season. Spike TV's "The Kill Point" and A&E's "Those Who Kill" were canceled after their initial runs.

"Outsiders" premiered in January to strong ratings relative to original series averages on newcomer cable outlet WGN America, improving the channel's average prime-time ratings. In ratings that take into account DVR and on-demand viewing through seven days after a show's premiere broadcast, "Outsiders" averages 2.8 million total viewers weekly. The show stars David Morse ("Concussion") and Ryan Hurst ("Sons of Anarchy").

Series creator Peter Mattei and executive producer Peter Tolan released a statement on the renewal, saying, "It's a dream to bring this combustible mashup of fairy tale, hillbilly gothic, epic drama, current headlines and good old mayhem to life. …

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