It’s a pleasant surprise to discover that Starz’s smash hit series Outlander is going to keep airing right until 2018: the network announced that it has renewed the show for two more seasons. What this means is that Gabandon’s bestselling novels Voyager and Drums of Autumn are going to be filmed over the next 2 years, following in the successful footsteps of the second season, which debuted in April.
Under Ronald D. Moore, Outlander has effectively weathered a major shift in season 2, with the action of this time-travel drama moving from Scotland to France. Other location changes could occur depending on how closely the show sticks to the Voyager and Drums of Autumn stories, but not to worry, because we are a long way from the end. Gabaldon’s book series includes a total of eight novels, as well as a short story and a pair of novellas, so there is lots of content left, and so far Moore has been adapting these books pretty loyally.
Chris Albrecht, CEO of Starz, said that Outlander is like nothing seen before on television. From its depiction of a truly powerful female lead character to the decimation of the Highlander way of life, it is a show that not only transports the viewer but inspires the passion and admiration.
In 2016, Outlander received three nominations for the Golden Globe awards that included best lead actress, best supporting actor, and best drama. Recently, fans at the Critics’ Choice Awards named Outlander the most binge-worthy show of 2016. In addition, the series received a Costume Designers Guild Awards (CDGA) nomination this year.
Episode counts have not yet been announced for Outlander seasons 3 and 4, but the first season of the show had 16 episodes, and season 2 − 13 episodes. Based on just how expensive it is, one would think that the show will remain around 13 episodes for the following seasons as well.
The first 16 episodes of Outlander were filmed in Scotland and made their debut in August 2014, ranking in the top 10 weekly cable programs among women throughout the season and averaging 5 million multiplatform viewers per episode.