The news of a renewal comes as no surprise to fans of the books and viewers who’ve tuned in to Starz’ dramatic series Outlander starring Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan. The network should be pleased with the number of people tuning in to Outlander, with episode one being viewed more than five million times, and the announcement of a second season was pretty much a given after the show proved popular with audiences and received positive reviews from critics.
Starz says season two will consist of at least 13 episodes and will be based on Dragonfly in Amber, the second book of Diana Gabaldon’s bestselling series. Season one will have an 16 episode run which kicked off on August 9, 2014.
“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 Starz Chief Executive Officer Chris Albrecht.
“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,” added series creator Ronald D. Moore.
“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,” stated 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 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.
-By Rebecca Murray
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