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‘THE OUTSIDER’ Leads Us Off In 2020

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I suspected that anything from Stephen King would be on a fast track but I didn’t think it would be this fast. HBO has dropped us a teaser for the first new show of 2020 and it’s the Kolossal (sic) King work THE OUTSIDER and it comes our way Sunday, January 12th.  suspected that anything from Stephen King would be on a fast track but I didn’t think it would be this fast. We told you it was in development back in December of last year and the work must now be in the last stages of post-production to head our way after the new year rolls around. Get teased – 

Joining Ben Mendelsohn (pictured) and Jason Bateman in the drama is Cynthia Erivo (Bad Times at the El Royale), Bill Camp (THE NIGHT OF, THE LEFTOVERS), Mare Winningham (George Wallace), Paddy Considine (The Ferryman), Julianne Nicholson (Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders), Yul Vázquez (I Am the Night), Jeremy Bobb (THE KNICK), Marc Menchaca (Ozark) are the new regulars, with Hettienne Park (Hannibal), Michael Esper (Trust), Derek Cecil (BANSHEE and TREME) and Max Beesley (Jamestown) set to recur. Andrew Bernstein (Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan) is said to direct some episodes after Jason Bateman directs the first two.  TheOutsider_PromoPic-300x255

If you gobble up every new Stephen King novel when it comes along you’ve read THE OUTSIDER and know the characters far better than the uninitiated. Some are the key roles are listed here: Mendelsohn is Det. Ralph Anderson, the detective on a child’s homicide’ Cynthia Erivo is Holly Gibney, a special officer seen across more than one King story; Jason Bateman plays Terry Maitland, the accused; Bill Camp plays Howie Gold, Maitland’s lawyer; Mare Winningham is Jeannie Anderson, Ralph’s wife; Micahel Esper is D. A. Samuels;   

The 10-episode series will debut with back-to-back episodes at 9 and 10 PM, Sunday, January 12. It hails from The Night Of co-creator/executive producer Richard Price, director-executive producer Andrew Bernstein, director-producer Jack Bender (Mr. Mercedes), Jason Bateman’s Aggregate Films and Temple Hill Entertainment. 

Surely the work has got to follow the King novel of the same name rather closely. We are eager to see it give off what hopes to be an exciting 2020 for HBO.

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