Aug/2017

Jana B., Here…

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The current theme with television series these days is they are either pointless, mind-numbing, IQ lowering reality shows, or big cable network sponsored in-depth series. I’m glad that it seems the sweeping series are becoming more the norm. Robert Kirkman, creator of The Walking Dead is adding to his stable of excellent tv offerings with Outcast. No, this isn’t going to be about a leper that is ostracized from the community, or even more zombies that are a threat to the brain functioning population. This time  we step into the world of exorcisms.

Cinemax has won the battle of the networks for Outcast. Outcast will be a drama based on Kirkman’s upcoming comic of the same name. The comic and upcoming show centers on Kyle Barnes, dude’s been possessed since he was a kid. As an adult, he wants some answers, but of course the answers could change the state of life on Earth. We can look for the comic in 2014.

Kirkman is set to write the screenplay and executive produce with David Alpert, also from The Walking Dead. “At FIC, we’re committed to creating compelling, innovative television with A-list writers like Robert Kirkman, and with Cinemax we have a partner that is as passionate as we are about this very unique project,” said FIC exec vp original development and scripted programming Sharon Tal Yguado. “Outcast is unlike anything on television and has the potential to become another global phenomenon.”

The Walking Dead is cable’s biggest scripted drama and has already received a season-five renewal. “Despite the success of The Walking DeadOutcast is only my second foray into the horror genre. I think Kyle Barnes is every bit as compelling as Rick Grimes and demonic possession is way scarier than zombies — so this is going to be fun,” Kirkman said. “Starting a new project is like setting off on an long journey and I couldn’t ask for better travel companions than David Alpert and Sharon Tal Yguado and I’m thrilled to be a part of what Cinemax has planned for the next few years.

In addition to his current projects, Kirkman has Thief of Thieves in development at AMC with David Alpert. There is also an untitled project at AMC they hope to air in 2015 based on the zombie comics and is the third series including comedian-geeky genius Chris Hardwick that are tied to Walking Dead. “There are some similarities but hopefully we’ll be [covering] new ground that makes this very different from The Walking Dead,” he told reporters. “This is going to be a big, epic story with a lot of characters and we’ll probably lose a few along the way. I don’t know if it’s quite as much of a bloodbath as The Walking Dead has turned out to be but there certainly is an element of, ‘No one is safe.’ ”

I don’t see how he can keep the two projects separate in his head, but Kirkman seems to have no trouble keeping them clearly apart from one another. As far as Cinemax goes, Outcast will release as HBO continues to build it’s original scripted features. In addition to the second season of Banshee and the fourth and final season of Strike Back, (This one I’m definitely going to miss), The Knick, a Clive Owen original drama is set for 2014.

Thank God for original story lines. I’m just hoping if a show is uber successful, they don’t just continue to slap different names to the characters, put them in a different location and call it ‘Original’.

 

 

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