ⓘ Outcast (TV series)

                                     

ⓘ Outcast (TV series)

Outcast is an American horror drama television series based on the comics of the same name by Robert Kirkman and Paul Azaceta. A ten-episode first season debuted on Cinemax on June 3, 2016. It is a supernatural horror story that features people involved in demonic possession, and revolves around the life of Kyle Barnes, who is rejected by the people of Rome, West Virginia, for allegedly hurting his wife and daughter.

On March 14, 2016, ahead of its premiere, Outcast was renewed for a second season. The second season premiered on Fox in the UK on April 3, 2017, and concluded on June 5, 2017. It began airing in the United States on July 20, 2018, and concluded on September 28, 2018. On October 2, 2018, it was announced that Cinemax had officially cancelled the series.

                                     

1.1. Cast and characters Main cast

  • Philip Glenister as John Anderson, the local Reverend and a close associate of Kyle
  • Reg E. Cathey as Byron Giles, Romes Chief of Police
  • Madeleine McGraw as Amber Barnes, Kyle and Allisons daughter recurring season 1; main season 2
  • Wrenn Schmidt as Megan Holter, Kyles sister and wife of Mark
  • Patrick Fugit as Kyle Barnes, a young man struggling with the effects of demonic possession
  • Brent Spiner as Sidney, a mysterious preacher
  • Julia Crockett as Sarah Barnes, Kyles estranged mother who also suffered from possession
  • David Denman as Mark Holter, a local police officer and husband of Megan season 1; guest season 2
  • Kate Lyn Sheil as Allison Barnes, Kyles ex-wife and the mother of his daughter, Amber
                                     

1.2. Cast and characters Supporting cast

  • Pete Burris as Officer Lenny Ogden season 1; guest season 2
  • Callie McClincy as Holly Holter, Megan and Marks daughter
  • Scott Porter as Donnie Hamel season 1
  • Madelyn Deutch as Dakota season 2
  • Briana Venskus as Officer Nuñez season 2
  • M.C. Gainey as Bob Caldwell; local junkyard owner season 2
  • C.J. Hoff as Aaron MacCready
  • Hoon Lee as Dr. Kenneth Park season 2
  • Chris Greene as Oscar season 2
  • Melinda McGraw as Patricia MacCready
  • Debra Christofferson as Kat Ogden season 1; guest season 2
  • Willie C. Carpenter as Norville Grant season 1
  • Gabriel Bateman as Joshua Austin, a young boy who is also suffering from possession guest season 1; recurring season 2
  • C. Thomas Howell as Simon Barnes; Kyles estranged father season 2
  • Charmin Lee as Rose Giles
                                     

2. Production

Fox International Studios and Robert Kirkman developed the television series before the comic book was published. Cinemax picked up the United States rights for the project after the script was done. The series is produced by Fox International Studios for Cinemax in the United States and Fox international channels outside of the country. Robert Kirkmans Skybound Entertainment is also a producer on the series.

A 10-episode initial order was announced with lead cast Patrick Fugit as Kyle Barnes and Philip Glenister as Reverend Anderson, along with Gabriel Bateman, while Adam Wingard was hired to direct the pilot produced by Fox International Channels. More cast was announced including David Denman as Mark Holter, Melinda McGraw as Patricia MacCready, Grace Zabriskie as Mildred, Catherine Dent as Janet Anderson, Lee Tergesen as Blake Morrow, and Brent Spiner.

On August 10, 2015, production began on the first season in South Carolina. The cities of Chester and York, South Carolina were transformed into the series fictitious town of Rome, West Virginia.



                                     

3. Broadcast

Internationally, the series is broadcast by Fox International Channels starting in June 2016. On May 20, 2016, in Europe, Fox Networks Group streamed the first episode over Facebook Live. TV5 air the episodes on Philippine free-to-air television within 24 hours of their American premiere starting June 4, 2016.

                                     

4.1. Reception Critical response

The first season received mostly positive reviews from critics. The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes gave the series an approval rating of 79%, based on 38 reviews, with an average rating of 8.1/10. The sites critical consensus reads, "A cut above average summer fare, Outcast provides the genuine chills one should – but often cant – expect from television horror." Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the series a score of 70 out of 100, based on 28 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".

Jasef Wisener of TVOvermind, gave the pilot episode a 4.8/5, praising the premiere for not "hold back with the action or the frights," calling it "fun as hell" and a "series for anyone that likes horror." James Charisma of Playboy noted that unlike the horror in series creator Robert Kirkmans other series, The Walking Dead, in Outcast, "the threat is unseen, lurking under the surface. characters exist in the present but live in the past, haunted by terrors and ordeals from days gone by."