The U.S. launch comes a year after the series’ second season aired on the Fox International channels.
Kary Antholis, president, HBO Miniseries and Cinemax Programming talked about the series’ future beyond a second season last fall, noting that the show is expensive, and, because its U.S. airing comes more than a year after the season was filmed, the options on the cast have long lapsed.
“I think the new season is very strong, and I hope it’s got a bit more fun and entertainment in it, and is a step forward,” Antholis told Deadline. “In success, we left open the possibility that we could have a conversation about figuring out a way to bring it back.” Because the show is so expensive, “part of the consideration in doing that will be, what are the constraints, are there other co-production opportunities that maybe have a more efficient impact,” Antholis said.
Created and executive produced by Kirkman (The Walking Dead), the show explores how people cope with extreme circumstances while protecting the ones they love. Patrick Fugit stars as Kyle Barnes, a young man who has been plagued by demonic possession all his life. With the help of Reverend Anderson, played by Philip Glenister, a preacher who believes he is a soldier in God’s holy war against the forces of evil, Kyle tries to protect those he holds most dear, now that the otherworldly threats prove greater in scope and number than anticipated.
Season 2 cast also includes Wrenn Schmidt, Megan Holter, Reg E. Cathey, Kate Lyn Sheil, Allison Barnes, Julia Crockett, David Denman and Brent Spiner.
Outcast is based on the Skybound/Image comic title by creator Kirkman and artist Paul Azaceta. The series is produced by Fox International Studios for Cinemax; created and executive produced by Kirkman; executive produced by showrunner Chris Black, David Alpert, Sharon Tal Yguado and Sue Naegle.