Outlander Gets Renewed For Season 2 After One Episode
It looks like Starz isn't waiting to see how Episode 2 of Outlander does before deciding its fate. The premium cable network is known to give fairly early renewals of their original series and Outlander is no exception. Season 2 is officially a go!
Starz announced this morning that they've given Outlander the green light for a 13-episode Season 2. That's "at least" thirteen episodes, according to the network's announcement. The second season will be based on the second book in Diana Gabaldon's beloved series of novels, Dragonfly in Amber. This news comes after just one episode of the 16-episode first season aired. The second episode of the series airs tomorrow night, with six more to follow this summer. Season 1 was split down the middle, with eight episodes airing this year and the other eight set to air in 2015. Starz doesn't mention when they plan to air Season 2, but perhaps they're holding off on deciding that until either closer to or after the second half of Season 1 airs.
In addition to the official renewal announcement, Starz notes that the Outlander series premiere has now surpassed 5 million viewers in its first week, settling multiplatform viewing records in the process. In terms of who's watching, it's drawing equal male and female viewership (**SOURCE: Starz internal data and Nielsen audience figures as of 8/14/14).
Based on a series of novels by Diana Gabaldon, Outlander follows Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe), a British World War II combat nurse who's on vacation in Scotland with her husband Frank (Tobias Menzies), when she finds herself thrown back through time to the 18th century. It's there that she's forced to try to survive in her unstable and unfamiliar surroundings. And she crosses the path of Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan), a gallant Scottish warrior to whom she's eventually forced to marry. The book is set up as a mixture of historical fiction, adventure and romance, and all signs point toward Ronald D. Moore's TV adaptation striking a similar balance.
News of a second season already is certainly good news, and as mentioned, not all that out of character for Starz, as the network tends to make up its mind about its original series pretty early on. Black Sails earned its second season before it even aired a single episode. In the case of Outlander, the books bring the series its own built-in fan base, but hopefully the TV show will build its own audience beyond that. Time will tell. In the meantime, it's great to have the assurance that we'll be getting even more episodes. If you haven't seen it yet, check out the full first episode of Outlander here. And if you have seen it, watch the trailer for Episode 2, and the trailer for what's ahead here.
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