The Outsider could continue with season 2 on another platform

Abby Robinson
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Photo credit: HBO
Photo credit: HBO

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Back in March, Ben Mendelsohn told Entertainment Weekly [EW] that there was no word on whether The Outsider would be returning for a second season, but he did give those who were holding out for more some hope.

"This is the God's honest truth," he said. "I've been told some way, somewhere, someone is writing, and somewhere that person who's writing is saying, 'Go away until I'm finished.'

"So no one knows. No one knows whether there'll be another, who'll be in it, what it will be about, any of those questions.

"I'll put a bet that they make another, but as to who is in or out or what that's about or anything else, I couldn't tell you. That's the God's honest truth."

Photo credit: HBO
Photo credit: HBO

We argued that it should be one season and out for the horror crime drama, which is based on Stephen King's novel of the same name, but in October King himself said that it was going ahead.

"There's going to be a second season of The Outsider as soon as they can get the production going," he told EW.

King also confirmed that he knows "exactly" how the narrative is going to unfold, adding: "I have seen some of the scripts. I could tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.

"I'll just say that it's really great and a real spooky paranormal element."

Photo credit: Marc Andrew Deley/Getty Images
Photo credit: Marc Andrew Deley/Getty Images

But HBO hadn't confirmed the news even though work was clearly happening behind the scenes, which is fairly typical of most TV productions.

But now we do know what's occurring and it's not good news.

Deadline has reported that HBO has chosen not to move forward with a second season.

"We enjoyed our collaboration with [series writer/executive producer] Richard Price, Jason [Bateman] – who was also an exec producer and directed the first two episodes, as well as playing Terry Maitland, Andrew [Bernstein] and the MRC team, and we wish them well in continuing the world created by the brilliant Stephen King," HBO said in a statement.

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Photo credit: HBO

If The Outsider was a Netflix series, that would spell the end.

Part of the deal when creatives sign up to work with the media giant is that the streamer retains the rights to its content, and clauses in Netflix contracts prevent shows from pitching up elsewhere, at least for a significant period of time.

There have been exceptions, such as One Day At a Time moving from Netflix to Pop, but it's rare.

But the good news is that MRC Television, the production company behind The Outsider, have clearly retained ownership of the show and are planning to take it to market in the hope that other another broadcaster or platform will pick it up.

Other shows on MRC's books include Netflix's Ozark and House of Cards, Starz series Counterpart and Hulu's The Great.

Photo credit: Hulu
Photo credit: Hulu

According to Deadline, the decision not to renew The Outsider was made following the season two pitch.

It would extend beyond the original source material and focus on private investigator Holly Gibney (Cynthia Erivo), "exploring the human, naturalistic and inexplicable with a sustained pervasive dread you can't put your finger on".

King has written a collection of four stories titled 'If It Bleeds', one of which takes the same name and is a standalone sequel to 'The Outsider'.

It follows Holly on her first solo case: a missing dog.

But when she tunes in to the late-night TV report, "She realises there is something not quite right about the correspondent who was first on the scene".

Photo credit: HBO
Photo credit: HBO

The Outsider is the most-watched new HBO drama in the last three years, according to Deadline.

In March, it was revealed that the show averaged 9 million viewers per episode across all platforms through its first nine episodes, and 2.2 million tuned in for the finale (again, across all platforms).

That's a bigger viewership than both Watchmen and True Detective.

Given all of that, it's certainly got the numbers on its side, but will anyone bite?

Watch this space for updates.

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