OUTSIDERS is one of those solid, sharp TV shows that I hope gets Emmy and Golden Globe attention this year. It's a fine production with excellent writing, good acting, complicated characters, and socially relevant scripts that tell the story of an American family that lives off the grid. I loved meeting two of its producers. They are novelist Peter Mattei, creator of OUTSIDERS, and writer/director/producer Peter Tolan. Tolan's history has a lot of comedy credits such as the MURPHY BROWN, HOME IMPROVEMENT and RESCUE ME sitcoms in addition to the hit comedy film ANALYZE THIS. Here's my first meeting with those OUTSIDERS producers.
Burly David Morse, one of my favorite actors since way back in his NBC years on ST. ELSEWHERE, gets to exercise some new acting muscles as Big Foster, head of the Farrell clan. Australian actor Thomas M. Wright is remarkable as the grief-stricken and drug-addicted Sheriff Wade Houghton, a widowed single father. Wade has a heart full of pain. The sheriff warns the corporate types who want to take over the Farrell mountain property that they don't know they're dealing with. The corporate types want the coal rights to the mountain.
Catch up with the first season today, January 21st, on WGN America. Enjoy the previews for the upcoming Season Two.