The anxiously awaited Outlander TV series will make its debut in 2014! The show, an adaptation of the beloved, best-selling story of Jamie Fraser and Claire Beauchamp Randall Fraser by Diana Gabaldon, will be shown on the Starz cable TV network in the U.S.A., and on contracted networks in the U.S. and internationally (viewing options and additional networks to be announced).
So far, an official release date for the debut episode of the TV series and an airing schedule for the series have not been announced by Starz — some time in the summer of 2014 is a possibility.
The Starz network has purchased sixteen episodes of the Outlander series so far, which will comprise the first season. So at least one year of the TV series is definite. These episodes for year one will cover the characters and action found in OUTLANDER, the first book in the series of major Outlander novels. (Click here to read about the chronology of the Outlander series of books.) If the TV program is successful and popular, and receives high-enough ratings, Starz may purchase, or fund, more episodes for subsequent years. Reactions of international readers, the news media and the public have been very positive so far.
Background Information: Who Is Creating This Series?
Executive producer Ronald D. Moore is spearheading the production and also serving as story runner with his company Tall Ship Productions, the Starz cable network, and Sony TV. At right, actors Catriona Balfe (“Claire”) and Sam Heughan (“Jamie”) on location in Scotland, filming the new Outlander TV series.
In a Wired interview in December, 2013, Ron Moore was asked how the series became a reality. He said:
“My wife, Terry, and my producing partner, Maril Davis, are huge fans of the [Outlander] books. A few years back we were all having dinner in Vancouver, and we started discussing passion projects. Maril and Terry hadn’t talked to each other about the books before, and they said I should go off and read them. I love history and historical fiction, so I was immediately taken with them, and I thought, this is a television series. It took a while to get the rights, but eventually we persuaded Sony to acquire the rights and then pitched it to Starz, and Starz said yes. They said from the outset, we love the material, you don’t need to reinvent it. Make it for the fans, and everyone else will come along for the ride.”
Will the TV Series Be True To the Books?
Converting a story from the printed word into a video format is called an adaptation, and the story arcs of each character and multiple details of a book have to be altered to fit in a new time frame and format. Everything from the scripts, choices of actors and filming sites, and minute details in costumes and everyday essentials have to be just right for an adaptation to be a success and to be accepted by an existing legion of devoted readers. As stated above, Moore and the whole production crew are determined to stay as close to Diana’s writing as possible in the TV adaption. Diana is consulted by Moore and the other script writers if they have a question about the book OUTLANDER, while she continues to work on Book 8 in the series, WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART’S BLOOD; she is a co-producer and consultant for the TV series.
Production in Scotland
Production and filming of the Outlander TV series began on location in Scotland on October 7, 2013. The production is being filmed entirely in Scotland, and actors from the U.K. have been hired to play the major roles. A Gaelic expert is working with actors to ensure they speak the language correctly. As of the end of 2013, four complete episodes were “in the can,” or completed, according to Moore.
Outlander TV Series News
News items released by Starz and the producers of the Outlander series, as well as news, interviews and videos from other sources, will be listed on the TV series news page, as well as other information about the project that Outlander readers might enjoy.
Who is playing Jamie in the TV series? Claire? All the other characters? A page with a list of cast members and other information will be completed soon. Information on the actors chosen is also listed by date in the TV series news pages. Diana is very pleased with the actors chosen for the project; as stated before, all actors for the major parts in the series, as well as minor parts, are from the U.K.
Many readers have wondered, will Outlander author Diana Gabaldon make a cameo appearance in the TV series? The answer is yes! Or at least, maybe… At some point, Diana reportedly will be filmed for inclusion in an episode. But filming a cameo doesn’t mean it will be included in the final episodes. It could wind up on the proverbial cutting room floor. So we’ll have to wait and see if Diana’s appearance makes it into the TV series…
This page and the TV Series News pages will be updated regularly, as new information becomes available. Also, check out the links below.
- Outlander: A Starz Original Series, the Starz network’s official home page for the new series, which is has begun filming (in the fall of 2013) and will be released in 2014.
- View a video with Diana and Ron Moore discussing the Outlander series at New York’s Comic Con in October, 2013, a huge fan event. The video contains great behind-the-scenes information! “You’ll get at least a glimpse of the sets and characters and preparation going into the show— followed by 45 minutes of detailed questions and answers with me and Ron,” said Diana, who also discussed the video in her October 17 blog. (We’re sorry, but at this time this video, produced by the Starz network, works in the USA only.)
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