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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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Janice Lambert November 13, 2014 at 12:17 pm

Love love love this show. It is so well made and so full of action it is well worthy of remaining on air for a long time. The best show I’ve seen in a long time.

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freespirit November 2, 2014 at 12:00 am

Best show ever. I read the first two books in the early nineties, when they first came out, and absolutely loved them. When I heard they made a TV series based upon the books, I was really worried. I’ve seen so many books completely butchered in translation (True Blood is a prime example), that I was a bit scared Starz would ruin Outlander for me. Oh, was I wrong. They stuck with the books, the casting is perfect, the pace of the show is great, I love the narration (reminds me about Chocolat), and I can’t wait to see how they finish the first season. Finally a show for women with a strong female lead and an actual storyline with depth and emotion. It sure is a nice break from the senseless violence, special effects, boring sex, and shallow relationships, poor character development, and sketchy story lines so typical of American TV.

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outlander lover October 29, 2014 at 11:35 pm

Love the show so much im reading the books
love all the actors and the wonderful script
cant wait till April 2015

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Norah Bain October 28, 2014 at 10:38 am

When are we in Scotland going to see this tv series??
I can hardly wait!

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Norah Bain October 28, 2014 at 10:36 am

When is this show coming to Scotland????? We can’t wait to see it!

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Diane Van Maele October 26, 2014 at 10:55 pm

LOVE Outlander!
Looking forward to having a long series with all the books.

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Debra October 20, 2014 at 11:50 am

I love this show and have watched the 8 shows 3 full times and saved them to watch again. Did not read the books but have a huge fan of the show!

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