‘The Outsider’–Dropped By HBO–Looks For New Home

Believe it or not, a TV series based on a Stephen King best-seller is looking for a new network.

The Outsider–developed by production company MRC–is now on the market after HBO decided not to proceed with Season 2 of the popular series, as reported by Deadline. Series writer and executive producer Richard Price reportedly has the second season plotted and ready to go–all he needs now is a place to hang his hat.

The show’s audience grew steadily during its premiere 10-episode season on HBO, reportedly becoming the network’s most-watched first-year series over the last three years. “We enjoyed our collaboration with Richard and the MRC team,” HBO said in a statement, “and we wish them well in continuing the world created by the brilliant Stephen King.”

Reports have the show now being shopped to premium networks and streamers. MRC has had a relationship with Netflix, so they may be a potential landing spot.

This news of The Outsider’s “eviction” comes just one week after Horror News Network reported that Hulu had abruptly cancelled Castle Rock–the horror anthology series named after, and inspired by, the fictional Maine town in many of Stephen King’s stories.

The Outsider–adapted from the recent King novel of the same name–stars Ben Mendelsohn, Cynthia Erivo, Jason Bateman and Mare Winningham. The basic storyline follows a “seemingly straightforward investigation into the gruesome murder of a young boy. But when an insidious supernatural force edges its way into the case, it leads a seasoned cop and an unorthodox investigator to question everything they believe in,” according to the official synopsis.

Keep reading Horror News Network for the latest on the fate of The Outsider.


Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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