Make room, Claire Beauchamp: Another modern-day lass will find herself transported back to 18th-century Scotland during this week’s episode of Outlander. That lass? She’s none other than Diana Gabaldon, whose eight-part book series serves as the basis for Starz’s new drama. READ FULL STORY
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Break out the whiskey, Outlander fans: Starz’ time-travel romance has been greenlit for season two.
The series adapted from Diana Gabaldon’s bestselling novels will return, presumably next year. The second season will be based upon the second of Gabaldon’s eight Outlander novels—Dragonfly in Amber.
But wait: Season 2 could be shorter than the first (or, less likely, longer). Starz isn’t specifying an episode count at this early stage and is only publicly committing to “at least” 13 episodes for the next round. The current debut season is 16 episodes—which is considered a rather large commitment for a premium cable drama (most pay-cable shows have 13 annual episodes, but several have less—including that other novel-based fantasy drama, HBO’s Game of Thrones, which has 10 per year).
Starz says viewership of last week’s premiere has surpassed 5 million views across all platforms, and—the network emphasized—drew roughly equal male and female viewership. “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,” said Starz’ CEO Chris Albrecht. “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.”
I didn’t want to watch Outlander. Bodice-rippers generally make me roll my eyes.
Then I learned that Diana Gabaldon, who wrote the book series that inspired the Starz drama, wasn’t a huge fan of romance either. Gabaldon recently told Buzzfeed that her agent encouraged her to bill the first Outlander book as a romance novel, even though it also dabbles in historical fiction, science fiction, and other genres. The idea was that a science fiction best-seller usually sold around 50,000 copies, while romances could reach 500,000. So Gabaldon reached a compromise with her publisher: she’d agree to file it under “romance,” but if the book did well, they’d recast it as “general fiction.”
I totally understand the impulse: unfairly or not, “romance” seems to imply that the book belongs on the shelf alongside this guy. Therefore, it probably doesn’t appeal to the most intellectual readers.
So imagine my surprise when a sex scene was what actually made me take Outlander seriously.
Could Outlander become a breakout hit for Starz? The premium cable network’s buzzy new fantasy drama, based on Diana Gabaldon’s bestselling novel series, has been viewed nearly 1 million times in the run up to its official Saturday night premiere.
Starz put the first episode (“Sassenach”) of its adaptation online and On Demand this week. So far, the hour has been viewed 897,372 times by more than 600,000 unique viewers. (So, yes, some fans are apparently watching more than once.) Those numbers include viewing via Starz On Demand, Starz.com, YouTube, and Xfinity. Reviewers have been largely positive, including EW’s own Jeff Jensen. Yet it’s tough to say at this point what the sampling will mean for the show’s official premiere and beyond.
Outlander follows a WWII combat nurse (Caitriona Balfe) who is is mysteriously transported back to 1743 Scotland, where she is kidnapped by a group of Highlanders. If you haven’t already, check out the NSFW pilot below: READ FULL STORY
Meet your new Scottish delight (sorry, Walkers Shortbread): 34-year-old Sam Heughan stars as hunky warrior Jamie Fraser in the upcoming Starz drama Outlander, debuting Aug. 9 at 9 p.m. Based on the bestselling book series by Diana Gabaldon, the adaptation follows English former army nurse Claire Randall as she mysteriously travels back in time from 1945 to 18th-century Scotland. Her only real ally in this unfamiliar land is the strapping young Jamie, who goes to great pains (literally!) to keep her safe…and satisfied.
EW spoke with Heughan—just days before his first Comic-Con—about the pressures of portraying such a beloved character, Outlander boot camp, and whether he wears his kilt the “traditional” Scottish way. READ FULL STORY
Starz’ Outlander had its world premiere screening to a rapturous crowd of 1,500 fans in downtown San Diego on Friday night. But before the airing the first episode, Emmy-winning composer Bear McCreary (Battlestar Galactica, The Walking Dead) treated the audience to a live performance of the show’s score, including his title credits song. It’s an arrangement of the Scottish folk tune “The Skye Boat Song” — appropriate for Starz’ romantic adventure following a 20th century woman who travels back in time to 18th century Scotland.
Below we exclusively have the Outlander credit sequence, including new footage from the series. The song, arranged by McCreary with vocals by songstress Raya Yarbrough, is going up on iTunes right now: READ FULL STORY
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