Have you guys watched the Starz series Outlander yet? I know the books have been around forever and the fan base is so devoted that it makes Supernatural fans look tame. (Okay, nothing will make Supernatural fans look tame, but you know what I mean!) The series is based on Diana Gabaldon’s bestselling series of novels about a woman named Claire, a nurse in WWII who is sucked back through time at a set of standing stone in Scotland and ends up in the eighteenth century. Starz premiered the first episode on August 9 and it broke records. Today we learned that the cable network has officially greenlit the second book in the series, “Dragonfly in Amber,” for Season 2.
“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 in a press release.
Creator Ronald D. Moore said “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.” Does his name sound familiar to you? Yes, he’s the Ronald D. Moore from Battlestar Galactica!
Gabaldon’s eight book series has sold more than 20 million copies and has been on the New York Times Best Sellers list six times. I interviewed Moore and Gabaldon at New York Comic Con last year and was so excited about a series with a strong female lead and time travel, that I started reading the books. I’m completely obsessed! Then I got a chance to watch a bunch of the episodes before San Diego Comic Con (where I interviewed the cast) and I was immediately hooked. I mean, to the point where my better half had to shake my shoulders more than once before I looked up from the screen. Have you guys read the books? Are you loving the show so far? What’s also cool is that the audience demographics for the first episode showed that it crossed gender lines. I’d love to hear what you think.
Outlander stars Catriona Balfe as Claire, Sam Hueghan as Jamie, the Scotsman Claire becomes involved with and Tobias Menzias (Brutus from Rome and Edmure Tully from Game of Thrones) as Black Jack Randall and Frank Randall.