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Fox Networks Group to Air ‘Outcast’ Debut Episode via Facebook Live in Europe, Africa

First time Facebook used to introduce a new TV show in region

LONDON — Global entertainment channel Fox is set to become the first broadcaster in Europe and Africa to showcase a new drama on Facebook Live. On Friday, episode one of horror story “Outcast,” created by “The Walking Dead’s” Robert Kirkman, will debut exclusively through Facebook Live across the region.

The episode will be seen simultaneously in 61 countries, including in the U.K., Italy, Spain, Poland, South Africa, Germany, Sweden and Turkey. The pilot will give fans their first taste of the thriller before its series bow the week of June 3 on Fox across the region. Fox will show every episode of “Outcast” weekly across the globe within hours of the U.S. transmission on Cinemax.

Diego Londono, COO, Fox Networks Group, Europe and Africa, said: “Thanks to ‘The Walking Dead,’ Robert Kirkman has created an army of fans throughout the region… By partnering with Facebook, we are giving the fans the chance to watch the new show at the same time across Europe and Africa.”

“Outcast,” based on the Skybound/Image comic title by creator Kirkman along with artist Paul Azaceta, follows Kyle Barnes (played by Patrick Fugit, who appeared in “Almost Famous” and “Gone Girl”), a young man who has been plagued by demonic possession all his life. Now, with the help of Reverend Anderson (played by Philip Glenister of “Life on Mars”), a country preacher with personal demons of his own, Kyle embarks on a journey to find answers to obtain a normal life he has never known. But what Kyle discovers could change his fate, and the fate of the world, forever.

“Outcast” also stars Wrenn Schmidt (“Boardwalk Empire,” “Person of Interest”) as Megan Holter; Reg E. Cathey (“House of Cards,” “The Wire”) as Chief Giles; Kate Lyn Sheil (“House of Cards”) as Allison; David Denman (“13 Hours”) as Mark Holter; Brent Spiner (“Star Trek: Next Generation”) as Sidney; Grace Zabriskie (“The Killing”) as Mildred; Melinda McGraw (“The X Files,” “Mad Men”) as Patricia MacCready; and Lee Tergesen (“The Americans”) as Blake Morrow.

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