Outlander: 4 More Things To Know About Starz's New Series

By Kelly West 5 months ago discussion comments
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In anticipation of the premiere of Starz's Outlander series, we had the opportunity to sit down with series creator Ronald D. Moore, author Diana Gabaldon and the cast at Comic-Con to talk about what's ahead.

For those who haven't read the book or are unfamiliar with the plans for the series, check out the trailer and get more information on Outlander here.

We already told you why Diana Gabaldon chose World War II as the setting for Claire Randall's backstory. And yesterday, we shared Tobias' Menzies' reveal about how much Frank we should expect to see in the series. Here are four more interesting things we learned about Outlander.

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It was always going to be on cable.
Fans of the book know that there are some violent and some racy scenes in the book, which might not be suitable for network television. We were curious to know if there was ever a chance Outlander might have landed at network TV or basic cable, rather than Starz -- a premium cable channel. According to Ronald D. Moore, it sounds like they always intended to get the series made on cable, either basic or premium, it was just a matter of getting the rights, finding a producer and then finding a home for the series.

"After I'd read the books, pursued the rights for a few years and then the rights holder was willing to go to TV, at that point, I took it to Sony," Moore explained, "Because I had a deal with Sony Television, and then we took it out and pitched it to the different networks. Starz was one of the first ones we pitched it to and they grabbed it right away. But there was a possibility. We were willing to go to other networks. We kind of felt that that was going to be the best fit, because it was premium cable. We never thought about going to a broadcast network, but there were other cable networks we considered."
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