Kyle Barnes has been plagued by demonic possession all his life. Now, with the help of the Reverend Anderson, a preacher who has personal demons of his own, the young man embarks on a journey to find answers and regain the normal life he lost. But what Kyle discovers could change his fate — and the fate of the world — forever.
Based on the Skybound/Image comic title by creator Robert Kirkman (“The Walking Dead”) and artist Paul Azaceta, the CINEMAX drama series OUTCAST launches its ten-episode first season FRIDAY, JUNE 3 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT). The series is created and executive produced by Robert Kirkman, and executive produced by showrunner Chris Black.
Patrick Fugit (“Gone Girl”) stars as Barnes, a man searching for answers, and redemption, who sequesters himself from those he loves for fear of causing greater hurt.
Philip Glenister (“Life on Mars”) stars as Reverend Anderson, a West Virginia evangelist who believes he is a soldier in God’s holy war against the forces of evil on Earth. An inveterate drinker and gambler, he doesn’t believe God intends people to sweat the small stuff.
Gabriel Bateman (“Stalker”) stars as Joshua Austin, an eight-year-old who lives across town from Kyle. To his family’s dismay, he appears to be in the clutches of demonic possession, but there’s something very different about this possession and its connection to Kyle Barnes.
Other cast members include: Wrenn Schmidt (HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire”) as Kyle’s adopted sister, Megan Holter, a child psychologist who makes it her mission to fix the people around her; Reg E. Cathey (HBO’s “The Wire”) as Rome’s Chief of Police, Chief Giles, who has seen enough to know there’s some truth to his friend Rev. Anderson’s assertions about demons; Kate Lyn Sheil (“House of Cards”) as Kyle’s former wife, Allison Barnes, who has lingering doubts about what happened in their marriage; Julia Crockett (“Law & Order: Criminal Intent”) as Kyle’s mother, Sarah Barnes, whose apparent mental illness tainted his childhood; David Denman (“13 Hours”) as Megan’s husband, Mark Holter, a by-the-book small town cop whose temper can get him in trouble; and Brent Spiner (“Star Trek: The Next Generation”) as Sidney, whose dapper appearance and smiling demeanor hide malevolence.
OUTCAST is produced for CINEMAX by FOX International Studios (FIS), and also executive produced by David Alpert, Sharon Tal Yguado and Sue Naegle. The pilot was directed by Adam Wingard (“The Guest”).
Episode #1: “A Darkness Surrounds Him”
Debut: FRIDAY, JUNE 3 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT)
Other CINEMAX playdates: June 3 (11:00 p.m., midnight), 4 (9:00 p.m., 11:35 p.m.), 5 (5:15 p.m.), 6 (11:00 p.m.), 7 (1:30 a.m.), 8 (10:00 p.m.), 9 (9:00 p.m.) and 23 (7:00 p.m.)
Kyle Barnes (Patrick Fugit) confronts a possession case and begins to delve into the secrets of his past.
Written by Robert Kirkman; directed by Adam Wingard.
Episode #2: “(I Remember) When She Loved Me”
Debut: FRIDAY, JUNE 10 (10:00-10:45 p.m.)
Other CINEMAX playdates: June 10 (11:00 p.m., midnight), 11 (9:00 p.m., 11:25 p.m.), 12 (5:50 p.m.), 13 (11:00 p.m.), 14 (1:35 a.m.), 15 (10:00 p.m.), 16 (9:00 p.m.) and 23 (8:00 p.m.)
Kyle questions his family history.
Written by Jeff Vlaming; directed by Howie Deutch.
Episode #3: “All Alone Now”
Debut: FRIDAY, JUNE 17 (10:00-10:50 p.m.)
Other CINEMAX playdates: June 17 (11:00 p.m., midnight), 18 (9:00 p.m., 11:30 p.m.), 19 (5:40 p.m.), 20 (11:00 p.m.), 21 (1:55 a.m.), 22 (10:00 p.m.) and 23 (8:50 p.m.)
Kyle and Reverend Anderson (Philip Glenister) confront an unusual possession.
Written by Chris Black; directed by Howie Deutch.
Episode #4: “A Wrath Unseen”
Debut: FRIDAY, JUNE 24 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT)
Other CINEMAX playdates: June 24 (11:00 p.m., midnight), 25 (9:00 p.m., 11:50 p.m.), 26 (5:25 p.m.), 27 (11:00 p.m.), 28 (1:45 a.m.), 29 (10:00 p.m.) and 30 (9:00 p.m.)
The intrigue in Rome intensifies as Anderson discovers shocking information about someone close to him. Megan (Wrenn Schmidt) conceals a secret.
Written Robert Kirkman; directed by Julius Ramsay.
The pilot episode of OUTCAST debuted at the SXSW Film & Interactive Festival on March 14, when Robert Kirkman announced the season two pick-up of the series by CINEMAX. Reviewing the debut, Entertainment Weekly exclaimed, “Kirkman has delivered another shocking horror series.”
“OUTCAST has been a passion project of mine for many years,” says Kirkman. “Seeing it come together has been a huge thrill for me. What we’ve been able to achieve on CINEMAX, with its unprecedented creative freedom, frankly, almost scares ME at times.”
“Going into the first season of OUTCAST, we knew that Robert Kirkman had once again created a world that would scare us to our core,” says Kary Antholis, president, CINEMAX Original Programming. “But what he, Chris Black and the rest of their team have delivered has exceeded even those high expectations.”