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Outlander: Season Two Renewal for New Starz Series

Outlander TV show on Starz: season 2Starz has handed down another early TV show renewal. They’ve ordered a second season of Outlander after just one episode has aired. Season two will likely start airing next year and will have at least 13 episodes.

Here are the renewal details:

STARZ OFFICIALLY GREENLIGHTS “BOOK TWO” OF THE HIT DRAMA SERIES “OUTLANDER”

PREMIERE EPISODE SURPASSES 5 MILLION VIEWS IN FIRST WEEK

Second Season to be at least 13-Episode Run, Based Upon Dragonfly in Amber, Book Two of Diana Gabaldon’s International Bestselling Novels

Beverly Hills, Calif., August 15, 2014 – Starz Chief Executive Officer, Chris Albrecht, announced today that Starz has once again partnered with Sony Pictures Television to greenlight a second season of “Outlander,” the critically-acclaimed original series adapted from Diana Gabaldon’s international bestselling books. Season two will be at least 13-episodes and based upon the second of eight books in the Outlander series, entitled Dragonfly in Amber.

The first 16-episode season of “Outlander,” filmed on location in Scotland, debuted on August 9th, 2014 at 9pm PT/ET, with the first episode setting multiplatform viewing records, surpassing 5 million views in the first week alone, drawing equal male and female viewership (**SOURCE: Starz internal data and Nielsen audience figures as of 8/14/14). Additionally, the series premiere marked a notable media and social media success for the network, with fans hosting viewing parties around the country. It was No. 1 in Nielsen Ratings for Twitter conversation volume among all television series on premiere day, trended twice at No. 2 in U.S. Twitter Trends (**SOURCE: Sysomos).

“The overwhelming support ‘Outlander’ has received from the fans, viewers and critics made the decision for us to go ahead with the second book a very easy one. Diana Gabaldon has given us years of great drama. With an incredible artist such as Ronald D. Moore at the helm and a cast as spectacular as this, we look forward to continue this spell-binding journey with Claire, Jamie, Frank, Brianna, Roger and everybody over the centuries,” said Albrecht.

Creator Ronald D. Moore said “I’m thrilled at the prospect of doing another season of this show for STARZ. This project has been a labor of love from the very beginning and it’s incredibly gratifying to see it succeed with viewers and critics alike.”

“Fans of the Outlander books have waited a long time to see this incredible story brought to life on screen, and Ron and his team have delivered a show that exceeds expectations,” said Zack Van Amburg, President of Programming for Sony Pictures Television. “We look forward to our continued partnership with Starz to present the next chapter of this epic tale to longtime fans and viewers who are just discovering the series.”

The series adaptation for “Outlander” was developed by Ronald D. Moore (“Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation”). Moore is best known for his work on “Battlestar Galactica,” which won him a Peabody Award in 2006. Ronald D. Moore and Jim Kohlberg are executive producers of “Outlander,” which is produced by Tall Ship Productions, Story Mining and Supply Company and Left Bank Productions in association with Sony Pictures Television.

Diana Gabaldon’s eight-book series has sold more than 20 million copies and has graced the New York Times Best Sellers list six times. The “Outlander” series spans the genres of romance, science fiction, history, and adventure in one grandiose tale. It follows the story of Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743, where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world where her life is threatened. When she is forced to marry Jamie Fraser, a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, a passionate affair is ignited that tears Claire’s heart between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

What do you think? Do you like the Outlander series? Do you think it should have been renewed or cancelled instead?

 

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Jacqui March 2, 2015 at 11:29 am

The series is incredibly well done. Have a heart and please don’t cancel, renew until you run out of books, then bug Diana Gabaldon to hurry up and write more.

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Ida February 27, 2015 at 11:57 pm

Renew Outlander, I love this series

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Kate February 27, 2015 at 9:03 pm

I have read all eight of the Outlander books. I think that the program should NOT be cancelled. I hope that all eight books will be made into the series, with the same people playing the original parts.

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Annie March 2, 2015 at 6:35 pm

It’d be wonderful if STARZ decided to take us through all of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander books BUT if it couldn’t be done with the same cast, I’d be terribly disappointed. The audience has been in the millions for years. I, for one, have been delighted with the quality of the first season. I’ve read the 8 Outlander books and understand that there will be a ninth!! I’ve now watched all of the first 8 episodes 3 times and re-read the first book. Soo looking forward to the new season (my calendar is marked for April 4th) and the 9th book. Hope STARZ can keep up.

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Kay March 24, 2015 at 3:48 pm

I’ve read all of the books in the Outlander series, and I haven’t enjoyed anything as much in so long! Please don’t cancel the series, and please present all of the books. You will continue to draw loyal viewers. The first season was really well done, and I’m anxious to see the next one. Thank you for bringing something of this quality to TV.

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Jacqui March 25, 2015 at 4:52 pm

The same actors can still play the parts, they aged well by all the descriptions and make up can be applied in amazing ways. Just keep it going please.

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