Unfortunately, however, it isn’t meant to be. It isn’t clear if The Outsider became another COVID-related cancellation (as several Netflix shows have) or if HBO merely decided it was better off as a miniseries. The network previously bumped miniseries Big Little Lies up to a fully-fledged drama, but that isn’t the path The Outsider will embark on.
Per Deadline, HBO has decided not to move forward with The Outsider season 2. As a result, the studio working on the series, MRC, is shopping The Outsider to other premium networks and streaming services. MRC Television President Elise Henderson said in a statement,
“We thank HBO for a great partnership in the first season and for helping to bring in a massive audience who fell in love with The Outsider. We are looking forward to finding a new home for this remarkable series.” In their own statement, HBO said, “We enjoyed our collaboration with Richard, Jason [Bateman], Andrew [Bernstein] and the MRC team, and we wish them well in continuing the world created by the brilliant Stephen King.”
This comes after Hulu cancelled fellow King series Castle Rock last week, leaving King’s television prospects a little bleaker. Of course, The Outsider could very well get picked up by another network or streamer. Considering the positive responses it earned, its chances look good right now. Hopefully more news will come soon so fans know whether to expect a new season or not