The TV show that filmed on location in Rock Hill, York and Chester last year will make its broadcast debut this week.
“Outcast,” a show about demonic possession and exorcism in a small Southern town, will premiere at 10 p.m. Friday on Cinemax.
The show was shot on location in York and Chester counties in 2015, transforming the area into the fictional small town of Rome, W.Va. A mural of the Mountaineer State was painted on the side of a building on the corner of Congress and Liberty streets in York.
The mural is within sight of the “Rome Police Department” facade painted on an old bank building on the opposite corner.
Filming of the show brought in an estimated $2 million in direct spending on housing, sites, fuel and building supplies by the TV crews, and at one point had 450 people on the payroll during filming.
But the show wasn’t welcome by everyone in York County. When the York County Council approved the production company’s shooting on county property, Councilman Bruce Henderson criticized the show for promoting “demonic possession” and “Satan worship,” telling the rest of the council, “They can keep it in Hollywood.”
Local residents might recognize some landmarks when “Outcast” airs. The premiere episode has already been posted in full to the show’s Facebook page.