WGN America has cancelled Outsiders after two seasons. Citing the need to “free up resources,” the cabler has opted not to renew the drama for Season 3.
The decision comes ahead of Outsiders‘ April 25 Season 2 finale, which — to the delight of the reaper — will now serve as the series finale.
In a statement, Peter Kern, president of WGNA parent Tribune Media, said:
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.
Deadline reports that producing studio Sony TV will shop Outsiders Season 3 to other outlets – however, as is often the case, the chances of finding a new home for the series look bleak.
Will you miss Outsiders? Did WGN make the right call?
Outsiders joins the ever-expanding list of TV shows cancelled in 2016-17.