Posted on Tuesday, October 13th, 2015 by Peter Sciretta
WGN America released a trailer for their new dramatic series Outsiders. The trailer premiered with the season two premiere of WGN’s critically acclaimed series Manhattan. Billed as “provocative”, the action-packed drama will explore the “epic struggle between the Farrell Clan, who have lived atop the rugged Shay Mountain for over two hundred years, and their battle to defend their land and their way of life from the town below and anyone who would dare to challenge them.” Scheduled to be released in early 2016, you can get your first look at WGN America’s Outsiders in the trailer embedded after the jump.
WGN America’s Outsiders Trailer
WGN America’s Outsiders looks almost like a gritty western version of Sons of Anarchy to me, which isn’t something I’m particularly excited about. I’ve heard such great things about WGN’s other series Manhattan, but unfortunately my cable company doesn’t carry the channel and I haven’t yet gotten around to looking for the series on streaming platforms. There are a lot of cable networks joining the fray of the new frontier of great smart original programing — WGN seems to be the latest in a series of networks you wouldn’t expect to even consider for original shows.
You can read the full press release below:
WGN AMERICA UNVEILS PROVOCATIVE FIRST TRAILER FOR THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED NEW DRAMA ‘OUTSIDERS’
Action-Packed Drama set in the Rugged Mountains of Kentucky Slated for 2016 Stars David Morse, Thomas M. Wright, Ryan Hurst and more. Executive Produced by Peter Tolan, Peter Mattei, and Paul Giamatti
During the season two premiere of WGN America’s critically acclaimed series “Manhattan” on October 13, the network will give viewers a first-look at their upcoming drama, “Outsiders” (premiering early 2016) with the release of a dramatic first trailer.
A Sony Pictures Television and Tribune Studios production, “Outsiders” is written and created by award-winning playwright Peter Mattei, who executive produces alongside Fedora Entertainment’s Emmy® Award winner Peter Tolan (“Rescue Me,” “Analyze This”), Emmy Award-winner Paul Giamatti (“John Adams,” “Sideways”), Dan Carey (“All Is Bright”) for Touchy Feely Films and Fedora’s Michael Wimer (“2012,” “Rake”). “Outsiders” explores the epic struggle between the Farrell Clan, who have lived atop the rugged Shay Mountain for over two hundred years, and their battle to defend their land and their way of life from the town below and anyone who would dare to challenge them.
“Outsiders” is WGN America’s third original series, coming off of its breakout original drama “Salem” and Emmy Award-winning drama “Manhattan.”
The ensemble cast for “Outsiders” includes: David Morse (“Treme,” “Hurt Locker”) as Big Foster, a gruff and powerful heir to leadership; Joe Anderson (“The Divide,” “Across the Universe”) as Asa, a member of the Farrell clan looking to rejoin the family after a stint with the outside world; Thomas M. Wright (“The Bridge,” “Top of the Lake”) as Sheriff Wade Houghton, a cop who has a history with the Farrells, and grapples with a few troubles of his own; Ryan Hurst (“Sons of Anarchy,” “Bates Motel”), as Lil Foster, a massive mountain man and son of Big Foster; Gillian Alexy (“The Americans,” “Damages”) as G’Winveer, a survivor and Asa’s confidante; Kyle Gallner (“American Sniper,” “Veronica Mars”) as Hasil, an intuitive soul who feels rejected by the group; Christina Jackson (“Boardwalk Empire,” “Deception”) as Sally-Ann, a beautiful girl from a mining town who is fascinated by the Farrells and Hasil in particular; Francie Swift (“Hostages,” “House of Cards”) as Haylie, a cunning, all-American community relations manager with the encroaching coal company; and Phyllis Somerville (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “The Big C”) as Lady Ray, the regal yet tough leader of the Farrell clan.
About WGN America and Tribune Studios
WGN America, the flagship entertainment network of Tribune Media Company (NYSE: TRCO), is nationally distributed in 73 million homes via cable, satellite and telco, with entertainment programming including the original, scripted series “Salem,” “Manhattan,” “Underground” and “Outsiders,” along with first-run syndicated series, blockbuster movies and live sports. Through Tribune Studios, the creative development arm of Tribune Media, original content is produced for WGN America and Tribune local stations nationwide. Follow the network on Twitter @wgnamerica. For additional information, please visit www.wgnamerica.com.