Thoughts on Outlander’s Two-Season Renewal

OutlanderStarz announced yesterday that they’ve renewed hit show Outlander for both seasons three and four. Multi-season renewals seem to be getting more common recently, and I don’t always think they’re the best idea, but here I think it makes a lot of sense. In a show of this scope, especially, knowing that the end of given season (here season three) will not possibly have to serve as an ending for the show as a whole opens up new storytelling possibilities.

And, of course, there’s plenty of source material. The press release specifically states that seasons three and four will be based on books three and four – Voyager and Drums of Autumn – but I do wonder how closely the show will stick to the books as it goes on, and if it even should. Things work differently on the screen than on the page, and I’d hope they’d allow themselves the freedom to tell the story in the way that best suits this format. In any case, there are eight main books so far, which both a book nine and a prequel supposedly in the works, as well as a related mystery series, so they’re not running out of story any time soon.

Starz Renews Outlander

OutlanderGood news! Starz has renewed Outlander; the second season will be based on the second book in Diana Gabaldon’s series, Dragonfly in Amber. I’d wondered how quickly the plot was going to move, so that’s good to know. Here’s part of the statement from creator Ron Moore, via Variety: “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.” Are you happy about this one?

New Outlander Featurette from Starz

OutlanderIn this new video from Starz, author Diana Gabaldon, showrunner Ronald D. Moore, and stars Caitriona Balfe, Graham McTavish, Lotte Verbeek, Sam Heughan, and Tobias Menzies talk about their experiences making Outlander. Not for the first time, Moore makes a point of saying he’s not trying to ruin the source material, which is an interesting touch and perhaps a nod to the very enthusiastic fanbase. Outlander premieres on August 9th.

Ben McKenzie to Gotham & More TV Casting News

Ben McKenzieBen McKenzie will star as James Gordon in Fox’s origin story Gotham.

Author Diana Gabaldon will cameo on Outlander.

Rhys Ifans is returning for several more episodes of Elementary this season.

Will Sasso will guest star on About a Boy.

Under the Dome has added Grace Victoria Cox.

Game of Thrones is promoting Nathalie Emmanuel to series regular.

100 Code has cast Dominic Monaghan and Michael Nyqvist.

TV Casting: Outlander, Elementary, Game of Thrones, & More

Happy Friday! Let’s catch up on a bunch of TV casting.

Sam Heughan Apparently Now Officially Cast in Outlander

Sam HeughanAfter all the back and forth of a premature announcement a few days ago, TVLine now claims that it’s official: Sam Heughan is our Jamie Fraser. So, the big question: Are they dyeing his hair, and how is that going to look? (I don’t know whether he can act, so I am choosing not to worry about that for now. Let’s be shallow and focus on his looks!) Outlander will start filming in the fall. No word on Claire or other casting yet.

UPDATED: Sam Heughan (Maybe Not) Cast as Jamie Fraser in Outlander

Sam HeughanHere’s the news you’ve been worried about, Outlander fans: Starz just tweeted that the lead role of Jamie Fraser will played by Scottish (thank goodness) actor Sam Heughan (Doctors, Any Human Heart).

Thoughts??? I don’t think I’ve seen him in anything.

UPDATE: Starz has deleted the tweet, and according to TVLine, “.@Starz_Channel rep says there is ‘no deal’ for Sam @Heughan to play Jamie Fraser in #OutlanderSTARZ series.” So. We’ll see.