Outsiders Canceled After Two Seasons At WGN America

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WGN America is parting ways the Farrells and the residents of Blackburg. 

Per The Hollywood Reporter, the series is being canceled after just two seasons. The April 25 Season 2 finale will now serve as the series finale. 


It has got to be one of the most shocking cancellations in quite some time. 

Apparently, the network is changing its focus towards more diverse content.

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Tribune Media CEO Peter Kern confirmed this via the following statement to THR:

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.

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.

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The series has been a critical and ratings success since it premiered on the network in early 2016. It chronicled the trials and tribulations of a group of mountain dwellers who were at odds with the city down below. 

The animosity stemmed from a coal company who wanted to have the Farrells removed from the mountain so they could drill into it, giving the residents of the town employment opportunities and a boost to the economy. 

Season 2 is averaging 0.8 million viewers and a 0.2 rating, down slightly from what Season 1 averaged, but it was still the highest-rated show on the network. 

Is Asa Dead? - Outsiders Season 2 Episode 1

Granted, there are currently only two dramas on the air at WGN. The network previously canceled Salem in December after three seasons, but that show had the luxury of a conclusive ending. 

It's currently unclear whether there will be any wrap-up for Outsiders, but considering how late the cancelation came, it seems unlikely there will be much in the way of an ending. 

Over to you, Outsiders Fanatics! What do you think of the show coming to a close? Should another network pick the show up?

Hit the comments!

Remember you can watch Outsiders online right here on TV Fanatic. 

Paul Dailly is the Associate Editor for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.

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Outsiders Quotes

Gw'ynn: Just find your fa. I'll handle Asa.
Little Foster: So you say.

You married my fa for this stick and then tried to poison him and when that didn't work you, had your lostie, Asa try to kill him.

Little Foster