Starz 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.
We’ve known from the beginning that Outlander‘s first season would be split into two eight-episode sections – the midseason finale, “Both Sides Now,” airs tomorrow – but now we know exactly when that second set of eight episodes will begin on Starz: April 4th. (And to clear up any confusion, the show has already been renewed for a second season, which will be after these first sixteen episodes. The second eight aren’t the second season.)
In 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.
According to Jarett Wieselman of BuzzFeed, Starz has released this new poster for Outlander – which includes the revelation that the series will premiere on Saturday, August 9th at 9/8c. Finally! A date! Excited?
Eager for Saturday’s premiere of Starz’s new Treasure Island prequel Black Sails? Well, no need to wait – Starz has put the entire episode (slightly sanitized, I think) online for free and you can watch it right here. (And it’s already been renewed for a second season, so go ahead and get attached.) The show stars Toby Stephens, Hannah New, and Luke Arnold.
In this adorable video, Outlander cast members Sam Heughan, Annette Badland, Nell Hudson, Graham McTavish, and Gary Lewis wish viewers a happy New Year and explain a bit about Scottish New Year’s traditions.
Getting excited for Black Sails? In this interesting video, stars Toby Stephens, Jessica Parker Kennedy, and Luke Arnold as well as various members of the crew talk about building the amazing sailing ship sets. The series premieres on Starz on January 25th.