CINEMAX Cancels OUTCAST After 2 Seasons

Outcast #1 photo variant
Outcast #1 photo variant
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Outcast poster
Outcast poster
Credit: Cinemax

Cinemax has cancelled the live-action Outcast television series after two seasons, according to Deadline.

"There are no further plans for Outcast at this time," a Cinemax spokesperson told Deadline, just four days following the season two finale's airing.

The Hollywood trade reports that the decision isn't surprising, as the network had delayed airing the second season two years after it was filmed - and that options on the cast had since lapsed, making a third season a difficult effort. Back in the fall of 2017, Cinemax programming president Kari Antholis admitted that the ratings for the first season were below expectations.

"We’re going to see if we can grow its audience,” Antholis said of the then-upcoming second season. "I think part of the lesson there is that we assumed we could find Kirkman’s audience in our Cinemax audience, but we have to find better ways of doing that. We tried to guide the upcoming second season towards being more adrenalized."

Outcast was based on the creator-owned Image Comics seriest by Kirkman and artist Paul Azaceta. That series is currently on hiatus, with a new issue scheduled for December 2018.

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