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Cinemax cancels Robert Kirkman's Outcast following its second season

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Oct 3, 2018

After waiting two full years for the sophomore season of Robert Kirkman's demon possession drama Outcast, the Cinemax series is officially dead in the water. A spokesperson for the premium network issued a statement to The Hollywood Reporter that read simply "There are no further plans for Outcast at this time."

The series, based on the comic book written by The Walking Dead's Robert Kirkman, was being developed into a TV series before the first issue was released. It even managed to ignite a bidding war between networks, eventually landing at Cinemax.

Season 1 premiered in June of 2016 with a second season already greenlit. While the show failed to make much of an impact on critics or audiences, two years passed before Season 2 aired earlier this summer, which wrapped up at the end of September.

While Outcast's ratings failed to improve, its cancellation seemed almost inevitable. Aside from the two-year gap between seasons — which few shows can pull off and maintain their audience — the outfit that produced the series, Fox International Studios, no longer exists. Also, renewal options for the cast's contracts, including star Patrick Fugit, had long since expired. Finally, there's been a strategic shift in programming at Cinemax that aims to produce more action-oriented material. All of this combined resulted in Outcast becoming a network casualty.

Kirkman still has The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead airing on AMC, and neither show appears to be going anywhere anytime soon. He's also in the process of developing an animated take on his comic book Invincible, which will be exclusive to Amazon.

Do you have any thoughts or feelings regarding the Outcast cancellation? If you do, let us know in the comments.

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