The anxiously awaited Outlander TV series made its debut on August 9, 2014 in the U.S.A.! The television series, an adaptation of the beloved, best-selling story of Jamie Fraser and Claire Beauchamp Randall Fraser by Diana Gabaldon, is showing on the Starz cable TV network in the U.S.A., and will be shown on contracted networks internationally. See Where/How to Watch.
The Starz network is producing sixteen episodes of the Outlander series for the first season, which portrays events in the first book. An estimated five million people watched the first episode, and on August 9 the series was ranked number one in the Nielsen Twitter ratings.
"The overwhelming support Outlander has received from the fans, viewers and critics made the decision for us to go ahead with the second book a very easy one," said Starz CEO Chris Albrecht when he announced that a second season had been approved. In the second year, the show will cover the material in the next major Outlander novel, DRAGONFLY IN AMBER. The first season’s sixteen episodes focus on OUTLANDER, which is published with the title "CROSS STITCH" in the U.K. (Click here for Diana’s chronology of the Outlander series.)
Selected Outlander TV Series Trailers
- Outlander, a New Series, a trailer released on June 7, 2014. It features a word from Executive Producer Ron Moore, Outlander author and series Co-Producer Diana Gabaldon, and the actors.
- The “Disappearance” trailer, a great full-sized trailer released by Starz in May, 2014. It gives you a great look at the upcoming series!
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; 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 all of the major roles. A Gaelic expert is working with actors to ensure they speak the language correctly.
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… She has been filmed and even has a speaking line in her cameo. A period costume was even created especially for Diana! 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…
Diana — Schmoozing in Los Angeles
Has Diana seen any episodes of the new TV series? Does she like them? In her blogs, Diana discussed viewing the final versions of the completed episodes of the TV series in L.A.:
- Part 1 of the blog: “L.A. Schmoozing – International Film Rights”
- Part 2 of the blog: “Schmoozing in L.A. – Part 2, Episode 1!”
As of early June, about six episodes of the Outlander TV series have reportedly been completed, i.e., are ready for broadcast.
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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