US networks Starz today announced they have renewed their hit series Outlander for 2 more seasons.
Based on Diana Gabaldon’s series of novels, and developed by Battlestar Galactica’s Ronald D. Moore, the show stars Caitriona Balfe as Claire, a married WW2 nurse, who finds herself thrown back in time to Scotland in 1743. There she falls for rugged Highlander Jamie Fraser (played by Sam Heughan), tearing her between 2 very different worlds.
Each season of the show follows the plot line of each of the novels, of which there are currently 8. Outlander has been a massive success for Starz, winning 3 Golden Globes for it’s first season, so a double season renewal is no great surprise. Season 1 averaged 5 million viewers across multiple platforms, and the premiere of season 2 broke records for the network, doubling it’s season 1 premiere audience.
“Outlander is like nothing seen before on television” commented Starz CEO Chris Albrecht. “From its depiction of a truly powerful female lead character, to the devastating decimation of the Highlander way of life, to what is a rarely seen genuine and timeless love story, it is a show that not only transports the viewer, but inspires the passion and admiration of its fans. On this 25th anniversary of the publication of the first book in the U.S., we are thrilled and honoured to be able to continue the story that began with author Diana Gabaldon, and is brought to life by the incredibly talented Ronald D. Moore. There are no better storytellers for Outlander than this team, both in front and behind the camera.”
Outlander, airs on Amazon Prime in the UK, and is currently in the middle of it’s second season.