Starz Renews Outlander For Second Season
Posted by Joseph Lee on 08.15.2014
Coming Soon reports that Starz Chief Executive Officer Chris Albrecht has announced that the network has renewed Outlander for a second season. It will work with Sony Pictures Television for "Book Two" of the series, which is adapted from Diana Gabaldon's books. It will be at least thirteen episodes and based on the second of the eight books, called Dragonfly in Amber. The first season (which runs sixteen episodes) debuted on August 9 at 9 PM PT/ET and set multiplatform viewing records. It had over five million views in the first week with equal male and female viewership.
Albrecht said: "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."
Creator Ronald D. Moore added: "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."
Sony Pictures Television President of Programming Zack Van Amburg said: "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. 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 was developed by Moore (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Battlestar Galactica), who executive produces with Jim Kohlberg. It's produced by Tall Ship Productions, Story Mining and Supply Company and Left Bank Productions in association with Sony Pictures Television. The book series has sold over 20 million copies and appeared on the New York Times best seller list six times.
Here's a synopsis: 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.