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'Outer Banks' on Netflix has Winston-Salem roots
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'Outer Banks' on Netflix has Winston-Salem roots

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A new Netflix series set in the Outer Banks of North Carolina and co-created by two Winston-Salem natives has just made its debut. “Outer Banks” is a teen drama about a group of friends in coastal North Carolina (though the series was filmed last year in South Carolina).

The storyline follows the rivalries between rich kids and ones from the poorer neighborhood (including three of the four main friends), with an over-arching mystery involving a legendary lost treasure that may have something to do with the disappearance months ago of the father of one of the friends.

Series co-creators Josh and Jonas Pate were born in Winston-Salem and grew up in Raeford. Their previous work includes such TV shows as “Good Vs. Evil,” “L.A. Dragnet,” and “Surface,” which was filmed in Wilmington. The third co-creator, Shannon Burke, is an alumnus of UNC-Chapel Hill.

One of the friends — the only female in the quartet, and the only one from a wealthy family — is played by North Carolina native Madison Bailey. Her character, Kiara, is an environmentally-conscious tomboy and the subject of crushes from most of her male friends. Bailey's previous roles include a story arc on "Black Lightning" and guest spots on such shows as "Constantine" and "Mr. Mercedes," which, like "Outer Banks," was filmed in the Charleston area.

The supporting cast includes Cullen Moss, a Winston-Salem native who graduated from Mount Tabor High School in 1993, as a deputy who is suspicious of the lead characters. He has previously appeared in such shows as "One Tree Hill," "The Walking Dead" and "Underground," as well as movies including "Hidden Figures," "The Notebook" and "The Birth of a Nation." He is also familiar to TV audiences from Canada Dry ginger ale commercials.

The 10-episode first season of “Outer Banks” was released Wednesday. The series is rated MA for mature themes.

tclodfelter@wsjournal.com

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