TV News: Outsiders, Criminal, Son, Happy

WGN America has ordered a thirteen-episode second season of its Appalachian family drama “Outsiders”.

Premiering late January and growing with each episode, to date the show is averaging 2.8 million viewers in Live+7 ratings.

David Morse stars in the series as the patriarch of an off-the-grid family in Kentucky battling outside forces in a stoic bid to maintain their unconventional lifestyle. Its the third original series for the network and helped launch their fourth, “Underground,” which premiered this week to 2.5 million viewers across four airings. [Source: Variety]

Criminal Justice
James Gandolfini’s long in the works passion project “Criminal Justice” is finally moving forward at HBO with several new names joining the cast – Michael K. Williams, Glenne Headly, Ben Shenkman, Max Casella, Amara Karan, Sofia Black-D’Elia, Paul Sparks, Afton Williamson, Paulo Costanzo and Ned Eisenberg.

They join John Turturro in the lead and Riz Ahmed, Bill Camp and Payman Maadi in key supporting roles in the eight-part limited series which will air this Summer. The story explores the intricacies of a complex New York City murder case – the police investigation, the legal proceedings, the criminal justice system and the feral purgatory of Rikers Island where the accused await trial. [Source: The Live Feed]

The Son
Sam Neill has scored the lead role in AMC’s upcoming TV series adaptation of Philipp Meyer’s acclaimed novel “The Son”. The multi-generational epic tells the story of America’s birth as a superpower through the bloody rise and fall of one Texas family.

Also onboard are Henry Garrett, Zahn McClarnon, Paola Nunez and Sydney Lucas. The series is executive produced by Meyer, Lee Shipman, Brian McGreevy and showrunner Kevin Murphy (“Defiance”). Filming begins in Austin in June with ten one-hour episodes to premiere in 2017. [Source: TV Line]

Happy Valley
Netflix has announced that all six episodes of the second season of the BAFTA award-winning UK cop drama “Happy Valley” will be made available to all North American subscribers from March 16th – the day after the season finale airs in the United Kingdom.

In the new season, Sarah Lancashire returns as West Yorkshire Sgt. Cawood who rebuilds her life in the wake of capturing her daughter’s killer (James Norton). Said killer meanwhile forms a bond with a mysterious female admirer (Shirley Henderson).