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The Outsider Shouldn’t Get A Season 2

Earlier this year HBO aired their 10-part miniseries The Outsider. Based on the 2018 novel by Stephen King, the show follows an investigation into the gruesome murder of a young boy named Frankie Peterson, but when an otherwordly being forces itself into the case, it leads Flint City seasoned cop Ralph Anderson to question everything that he once believed. Receiving a 7.9 on IMDb and an 82% on Rotten Tomatoes, it’s no surprise that there’s already been talk of a season two, and while I loved watching the show, I don’t want it to be renewed for another season: because it doesn’t need one. 

The final episode of the miniseries aired on March 8th, and (Spoiler Alert!) Ralph Anderson confronts the Outsider and smashes its head in with a rock, and while it may have been a different ending from the book, where private investigator Holly Gibney beats its head in with a sock filled with ball bearings (a weapon which she calls ‘happy slapper’), the Outsider is still defeated. Even though the show has left the door open for the continuation of Ralph and Holly’s quest against the ghouls, goblins and ghosts that lurk in the dark corners of our modern society, in reality, there’s no more story to tell. 

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Of course, we all know why HBO greenlit a second season of The Outsider: because shows make their networks money, and in the end, networks are just another business. Still, it’s a shame that so many channels are willing to sacrifice the lasting reputation of their greatest shows just to appease their advertisers. Many argue that The Office should have ended once Steve Carell left in season seven, and that The Walking Dead should have ended in season five. Shows like Family Guy and The Simpsons are also criticized for having become uninspired, stale versions of what they once were. These days, it’s rare for a show to choose to end.

While there isn’t a cut and dry formula yet for when a show overstays its welcome, if that show is an adaptation, my philosophy is that its story should not continue on past the original source material. Anything that the showrunners of The Outsider come up with for season two will just feel like a poor imitation of the plot points and emotional beats of season one, because they would have lost their inspiration. Adaptive works are created by interpretive artists, and interpretive artists are lost without a story to interpret!

I’m of the opinion that most of Stephen King’s stories are unfit to be told in a visual medium, but I loved The Outsider, which is why I don’t want to taint my opinion of it with another season that, according to my personal philosophy, will most likely suck. A bad ending could ruin one’s entire perception of a story they loved. Just ask any fan of Game of Thrones!

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9 Books Coming to a TV (or Streaming) Near You

All your favorite books are being made into shows! Here are nine highly anticipated TV adaptations of favorite books set to premiere in 2020. 


1. The Outsider

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The Outsider, based on the novel by Stephen King, premiered on HBO on January 12, 2020 and will conclude on March 8. You can catch up on HBO’s digital platform and watch live on Sundays at 9/8c. The Outsider follows the investigation of the gruesome murder of a young boy and the deceiving evidence that leaves a small town questioning everything they know.


2. Locke and Key 

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Locke and Key is loosely based on the comic book series by Joe Hill and premiered on Netflix on February 7, 2020. It will run as a ten-part series. Locke and Key tells the story of three siblings who move to their ancestral home after the murder of their father. There, they discover magical keys which are also being sought out by a demon. 


3. The Good Lord Bird

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The Good Lord Bird based on the 2013 novel by James McBride is set to premiere on Showtime on February 16, 2020 at 9/8c. Ethan Hawke will both executive produce and star in the limited series which chronicles the journey of abolitionist John Brown, told from the perspective of a fictional enslaved boy named Onion. Onion helps Brown during the Bleeding Kansas uprisings. 


4. Little Fires Everywhere

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Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng will be adapted into a limited series for Hulu with Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington executive producing and starring in the series. It will premiere March 18, 2020 and is one of the most anticipated series of this year. It follows two mothers who are brought together through their children’s friendship, which eventually unearths dark secrets.  


5. Bridgerton 

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Bridgerton, another highly anticipated series, is based on the series of historical romance novels by Julia Quinn. The series will be produced by Shonda Rhimes and is set to debut on Netflix later this year. This series is set in the 1800s and follows each of the eight Bridgerton children. 


6. I Know This Much is True

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I Know This Much is True will be a limited series on HBO, set to debut later this year. Mark Ruffalo will executive produce and star in the series based on the novel by Wally Lamb. The series will follow identical twin brothers, one of whom suffers from paranoid schizophrenia. It is a story of betrayal, sacrifice, and forgiveness as the brothers struggle with their relationship with one another. 


7. Invincible 

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Invincible is an upcoming animated series set to premiere on Amazon Prime Video in 2020. It is based on the comic created by Robert Kirkman, which follows teenager Mark Grayson, whose father happens to be the most powerful superhero on the planet. However, after his seventeenth birthday, Mark begins developing powers of his own. The series will follow teenage superhero Mark, as he navigates his new powers under his father’s tutelage. 


8. Nine Perfect Strangers

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Nine Perfect Strangers will reunite Nicole Kidman and producers of the hit series, Big Little Lies to premiere on Hulu in late 2020. Kidman will also star in the series which is based on the novel Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty, who is responsible for writing the best-selling novel Big Little Lies. The series will follow nine strangers as they gather at a boutique wellness resort with the common goal of resetting and reinvigorating their lives. However, things take a turn, and these strangers have no idea just how challenging this retreat will be. 


9. Normal People

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Normal People will premiere on Hulu as a twelve-part series in the later half of 2020. The series is based on the popular novel by the same name, written by Sally Rooney. This series will follow main characters Marianne and Connell as they navigate an unlikely on-again, off-again relationship throughout their teenage and young adult lives.

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