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Pittsburgh-shot 'Outsiders' gets second season

| Friday, March 11, 2016, 3:03 p.m.
Ryan Hurst as Lil Foster and David Morse as Big Foster in WGN America's 'Outsiders'
Eric Liebowitz
Ryan Hurst as Lil Foster and David Morse as Big Foster in WGN America's 'Outsiders'

“Outsiders,” the WGN America series shot in the Pittsburgh area, has been renewed, marking the first time a Pittsburgh-shot series has made it to a second season.

The show, which debuted in January, is WGN America's third original series and possibly its most successful. It has drawn consistent ratings over the course of its first season to date, drawing 2.8 million viewers in the live plus seven days rating, according to Variety.com.

It was shot last year primarily at the 31st Street Studios in the Strip District. Millvale and Monroeville also were primary filming locations, according to location director John Adkins of Regent Square, but filming also was done in Ross, Shaler, Reserve, Harmar, Pitcairn, North Versailles, North Braddock, Turtle Creek, Dunbar and West Newton.

“Outsiders” focuses on the Farrell clan, a tight-knit family of renegades who have lived atop Shay Mountain in Kentucky for more than 200 years, and their fight to defend their way of life from anyone who dares to challenge them. TV veteran David Morse stars as the patriarch of the family with Ryan Hurst (Opie Winston on “Sons of Anarchy”) as his son.

Many of the supporting cast members, including some with recurring speaking roles, live in Pittsburgh or the region and work here regularly in film and theater.

Thirteen episodes have been ordered for season two, but there's no word on when filming will begin. “Outsiders” will be showcased March 12 with a screening at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, according to Variety.

“Outsiders” airs at 9 p.m. Tuesdays.

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