May 2, 2017 10:55 PM
The filmed-in-Pittsburgh drama series “Outsiders,” canceled in April by WGN America, was unable to secure a new network home and will not return.
After WGN America surprisingly canceled the series, producing studio Sony attempted to shop “Outsiders” to other networks or streaming services that buy and program content.
Executive producer Peter Tolan tweeted the news late Tuesday, writing, “Apologies to our great, supportive fans, but we could not find a new home for the Farrells.”
In a series of tweets Mr. Tolan tried to explain to “Outsiders” fans how the most-watched series on WGN America came to be canceled so unexpectedly.
“This was an extremely unusual situation that had nothing to do with ratings (obviously), and everything to do with business and timing,” Mr. Tolan wrote. “Tribune, WGN’s parent company, is looking for a buyer. The company is not sure if a new owner will want to be in the business of producing content, so they canceled our show. And in terms of a new home [for the series that was] very difficult because the actor’s contracts came up for renewal, but without a new home in place, those contracts could not be renewed without serious financial exposure by Sony. So it was business and timing that did us in.”
Reports emerged this week that 21st Century Fox may be in talks with investment firm Blackstone Group about making an offer for Tribune’s TV stations, competing with an offer made by Sinclair Broadcast Group. In either scenario, the fate of WGN America, considered a non-core Tribune asset, remains to be seen.
“Outsiders” filmed two seasons in Western Pennsylvania in 2015 and 2016 and was based at 31st Street Studios in The Strip while also utilizing primary locations in Millvale and Monroeville.
“But God bless you all for caring so much,” Mr. Tolan wrote in conclusion before echoing a frequent cry heard by the show’s Farrell clan. “Really. It makes all the work so worthwhile. Bless you all, and GED GED YAH!”